Program Overview

This 12-month, ASHP accredited PGY-1 residency program is designed to prepare participants for practice as a clinical pharmacist who is an essential component of the patient care team.

Specific Residency Requirements

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (3 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine with a focus on:
    • Cardiology (4 weeks)
    • Nephrology (4 weeks)
    • Surgery (4 weeks)
    • Oncology Supportive and Palliative Care (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care (5 weeks)
  • Drug Information/Medication Safety (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Management, Leadership and Informatics (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations: (Select two. All rotations are 4 weeks long)

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Pediatrics/Women’s Health
  • Precepting (required for Teaching Certificate)
  • Psychiatry
  • Sterile Compounding
  • Transitions of Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Pharmacy Informatics* (offered at Sentara Virginia Beach General)
  • Critical Care*
  • Others – our program can work with other Sentara hospitals to develop additional elective rotations

*This would be a 2nd rotation in this area, as this is also a required rotation

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Pharmacy Distributive Services
  • Teaching certificate (optional)

Other Residency Specific Requirements:

  • Research Project: residents will design and complete a research project, and prepare a manuscript for publication
  • Project presentation at UNC REPS Regional Meeting
  • Medication Use Evaluation: residents will complete a medication use evaluation to develop an understanding of the medication use process
  • Presentations, including rotation required case presentations, quarterly journal clubs, and an ACPE-approved continuing education program
  • Formulary Reviews
  • Quarterly FDA Updates
  • Prepare newsletter articles for nursing and medical staff
  • Clinical On-call Services (started in the second half of the residency year)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meetings
  • Residents must successfully complete Parenteral Nutrition, Heparin, Warfarin, Vancomycin, Aminoglycoside, Direct Thrombin Inhibitor, Renal Dosing, and Insulin Certification
  • Maintain a Residency Notebook with all written documentation/feedback provided by preceptors, and evidence of all activities of the residency program

Teaching Certificate

An optional teaching certificate program is available from Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. A precepting elective is required for residents that opt to participate in this program.

Contact Information

Laura Adkins, Pharm.D., BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Manager and Residency Program Director
Phone: 540-689-2374