Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency

The postgraduate year one pharmacy residency at Sentara Healthcare is an ASHP-accredited, 12-month program in an integrated healthcare facility, designed to expand knowledge-base and expertise in the provision of pharmaceutical care. Our residents will develop their practice skills in a variety of settings, ranging from highly-specialized, nationally-ranked, academic medical centers to diverse, community-based hospitals. They will also educate pharmacy students, other healthcare professionals, and patients on medication-related topics. Each resident will precept at least one pharmacy student on an IPPE rotation. Upon completion of the program, our residents will have the skills to serve as competent practitioners in a variety of pharmaceutical care settings.

Program Objectives

The resident is expected to:

  • Develop a solid foundation of pharmaceutical skills and knowledge.
  • Obtain the ability to apply those skills and knowledge in a practical setting.
  • Apply the knowledge gained during the residency to his/her future career.

Resident Rotations

  • All required rotations are 5 weeks in length.
  • Drug information / Administration
  • Critical care (Surgery, Medicine or Trauma)
  • Internal medicine
  • Nutrition

Elective Rotations

  • Repeat any required rotation
  • Antimicorbial Stewardship
  • Ambulatory care
  • Information technology
  • Managed care – Optima Health
  • Medication safety
  • Emergency medicine
  • Transplant
  • Cardiology
  • Transitions of Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Disease – (EVMS or Physician/Pharmacist preceptors)
  • Nephrology (Physician/Pharmacist preceptors)
  • Pediatrics (CKHD)
  • Geriatrics

Stipend and Benefits

A yearly stipend will be paid to all residents. Insurance (medical, dental, vision and life) and participation in a 403B Matched Savings Program are available. Residents will receive two weeks of paid vacation and sick leave. Travel assistance will be given for continuing education events and professional conferences.

Other Residency Requirements

  • Design and conduct a formal research project of publishable quality.
  • Attend and present residency project at the Eastern States Residency Conference.
  • Write a formal drug monograph and present to the Sentara Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Co-precept a student on a clinical rotation and independently precept an IPPE student.
  • Attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Staff every other weekend throughout the pharmacy practice residency.
  • Prepare and present Journal Clubs, Case Presentations, and an ACPE-approved education program
  • Complete Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) curriculum and will respond to codes. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification is optional.

Application Process

Sentara – Hampton Roads will be accepting applications via PhORCAS™ (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service). Application Deadline is the second Sunday in January. An on-site interview is required.


  • PharmD degree or equivalent experience
  • Virginia licensure within 90 days

If you have questions regarding the residency program, contact us.

Residency Director:

Neil A. Davis, Pharm.D.
Sentara Healthcare
1060 First Colonial Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Phone: 757-395-8864

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