Other Learning Experiences

Throughout the residency year, residents will encounter many diverse learning experiences. These experiences enable the resident to develop the skills needed to communicate effectively; to organize, prioritize, and manage pharmacy services; and to plan for and implement new programs.

Research Experience

Residents will be required to complete one major, longitudinal project and several short-term projects throughout the course of the residency year.  A medication-use evaluation will be completed during the Drug Information rotation.


Resident will receive Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support training and certifications through the American Heart Association.

Teaching Certificate

Residents will participate in the Virginia Commonwealth University Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. Throughout the residency year, residents will have the opportunity to meet program requirements by providing education in the form of nursing in-service programs, medical staff presentations, journal club presentations and continuing education pharmacy programs for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Residents will have the opportunity to act as a teaching assistant for the Pharmacy Practice Skills Lab at the VCU School of Pharmacy Charlottesville Campus and for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center.  Other teaching opportunities in which residents can participate may become available throughout the year.

Travel Requirements

Residents will be required to attend the Pharmacy Residency Showcase at the ASHP Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. In addition, residents will attend and present their residency projects at the University of North Carolina Research in Education and Practice Symposium. 

Service Component

The Service Component will be fulfilled primarily on weekends and holidays. This provides the necessary training to meet residency standard competencies. Residents will be assigned to work every third weekend, three holidays and five additional 8-hour shifts throughout the residency year.