Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency

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

Specific Residency Requirements

  • Required Rotations: Orientation; Therapeutic Drug Monitoring; Infectious Disease; Internal Medicine (IM) with a focus on cardiology; IM with a focus on nephrology; Oncology; Critical Care; Drug Information/Medication Safety; Pharmacy Management, Leadership, and Informatics
  • Primary Elective: Residents will select one primary elective to ensure adequate patient care experience: Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Critical Care II, or a second month in one of the IM rotations.
  • Other Electives: Residents will select two other electives: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Palliative Care, Precepting, Medication Safety, Women’s Health & Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Oncology II, Pharmacy Informatics II, Pharmacy Management II or the Primary Electives.
  • Longitudinal Experiences: Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Distributive Services (Staffing), Presentations (includes Journal Clubs, Case Presentations, and an ACPE-approved education program)
  • On-Call: Residents participate in the Clinical Pharmacy On-call service (in the second half of the residency year).
  • Research Project: Residents will complete a research project designed to achieve a specific research objective and prepare a manuscript for publication.
  • Medication Use Evaluation: Residents complete a medication use evaluation to develop an understanding of the medication use process.
  • Staffing Requirement: Residents staff approximately 36 hours per month: every other weekend July-Sept, then every third weekend. Residents are also required to work an additional 40 weekend hours over the course of the year.
  • Other: Residents will complete Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) curriculum and will respond to codes. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification is optional.

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 the teaching certificate program.


  • PharmD degree or equivalent experience
  • Virginia licensure by August 15


  • Stipend: $42,000
  • Other benefits offered for full-time employment:
    • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)
    • Paid Annual Leave
    • 403(b) Matched Savings Program
    • Travel allowance for meetings
    • 24-hour access to the medical library

Application Process

Sentara RMH 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.

Inquiries and questions:

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

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