Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency

The Pharmacy Department at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers a 12-month PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency.

The Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital residency provides the opportunity for highly motivated pharmacists to achieve their professional goals by offering the knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude and critical thinking skills required to become a leader in integrated health system pharmacy practice.

The deadline for application is Jan. 4, 2016. Martha Jefferson accepts applications via PhORCAS™.


Rotations are designed to enhance the expertise of the resident in the application and management of drug therapy in a variety of patient care areas, including the provision of drug information services, and in practice management as it relates to overall direction and integration of pharmacy services. The program is flexible enough to allow the resident to develop skills in many areas based on individual need and preference. During pharmacy rotations, the resident assumes the responsibility for all aspects of patient drug therapy including:

  • Conducting patient interviews and patient medication counseling
  • Advising physicians, nurses and patients on appropriate drug use
  • Attending rounds and conferences
  • Pharmacokinetic consulting
  • Providing lectures on drug therapy to medical, nursing and pharmacy staff

During resident training, valuable experience is obtained in the many integrated aspects of a pharmacy service including quality improvement programs, medication use evaluation programs, and regulatory compliance. 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.

The resident presents continuing education programs, which are an integral part of the staff development programs conducted by the Department of Pharmacy for its professional staff, and conducts a formal residency project under the guidance of one of our residency preceptors.

The 2016-2017 residency will begin on June 27, 2016, and will end on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Orientation will begin on Monday, June 27, 2016, and will continue for the next five weeks. During this time residents will learn computerized order entry processes, dispensing practices, sterile intravenous compounding, basic pharmacy-focused clinical record keeping, and basic pharmacy inventory management. Additionally, residents will receive training in CPR, BLS and will go through an orientation to the residency learning system (RLS).

Residency Learning Experiences

Required Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Critical Care
  • Drug Information
  • Administration/Practice Management
  • Sterile Intravenous Compounding/Nutrition
  • Internal Medicine
  • Information Systems
  • Medication Safety
  • Disease and Wellness Management


  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Information Systems
  • Oncology

*Certain electives may be coordinated with the University of Virginia Health System based upon resident need and availability.


Residents will be required to attend the ASHP Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and will attend and present their residency projects at the Eastern States Residency Conference.


Residents will be required to complete one major project and several short-term projects throughout the course of the residency year.

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.

Teaching Component

Throughout the residency year, residents will have the opportunity to provide education in the form of nursing inservice programs, medical staff presentations, journal club presentations and continuing education pharmacy programs for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Other teaching opportunities in which residents can participate may become available throughout the year.