PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UH Specialty Pharmacy


University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading health care systems. It provides high quality, patient-centered medical care at hundreds of locations throughout Northeast Ohio. The University Hospitals system includes 11 regional hospitals and more than 40 health centers, as well as a network of physician practices.

University Hospitals Home Care services help patients manage their disease states. This includes the UH Specialty Pharmacy services, which are designed to help those patients who are taking high-cost and complex medications, called specialty medications. UH Specialty Pharmacy offers a unique approach to complex disease management. Clinical pharmacy specialists are embedded throughout the UH system, providing support for providers and patients. Our clinical pharmacists work closely with the providers to ensure that the right medications reach the patients with minimal delay. Our pharmacy team works diligently on insurance issues to make these complex treatment plans more affordable for the patient.

As the only specialty pharmacy for the entire UH system, we provide service to the entire network and we are continuing to grow. The UH Specialty Pharmacy operates Monday through Friday during normal business hours with a rotating on-call pharmacist who is available 24 hours a day. The pharmacy provides a full range of services, including medication receipt, storage, dispensing, drug information, drug interactions, and monitoring drug therapy. Staff at the UH Specialty Pharmacy are integrated in the UH system and are able to access patient information through the electronic health record. This feature allows for closer and more complete patient-centered health care.

Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy training.

The UH Specialty Pharmacy PGY1 Residency will provide a unique ambulatory care setting, taking care of patients in the community. Residents will be integrated among the various disease specialties, including oncology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology, cystic fibrosis, and hepatitis C, as well as the main pharmacy working with insurances, patient foundations, and patient grants. As such, the UH Specialty Pharmacy PGY1 residency program prepares residents to be change agents and skilled patient care providers in community pharmacy settings, particularly those that include elements of specialty pharmacy care (i.e. specialty pharmacy, specialty medications, telepharmacy) given the program’s emphasis in specialty pharmacy.

Residents will be prepared to incorporate effective and accountable patient care, patient care, provide medication management, and provide education to their patients and the patients’ family members they will serve. Communication, precepting and leadership skills will be enhanced throughout the year. Upon completion of the residency, the resident will be well qualified to practice as a clinical pharmacist in a variety of community or ambulatory care settings or continue training in a PGY2 program.

Service Areas

The UH Specialty Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care services in the following major areas:

  • Pharmacy clinical services and specialty pharmacy services: Manage medication therapy by providing patient assessments, patient education, provider consultation and medication monitoring for specialty areas including oncology, neurology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, cystic fibrosis and others
  • Specialty practice management: Quality improvement, clinical oversight, financial management, pharmacy accreditation compliance and development or implementation of new services/processes
  • Ambulatory clinical rotations: Interacting with patients and other health care professionals in a specialty clinics, providing medication reconciliations, medication therapy management (MTM), patient counseling and new drug device instructions
    • Oncology Clinic
    • Neurology (MS) Clinic
    • Rheumatology Clinic
    • HIV and/or ID Clinic
    • Hepatology/Gastroenterology Clinic
    • Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
    • Electives
  • Administrative/leadership rotations
    • Drug Policy Program
    • Ambulatory Leadership and Revenue Cycle
    • Specialty Pharmacy Operations Management
    • Managed Care
    • Population Health
    • Pharmacy Informatics
    • Home Infusion Operations
    • Data Reporting and Outcomes Analysis
  • Pharmacy staffing: Every other Thursday. On call every other week. Develop competence and confidence providing pharmacy services to patients in a clinic pharmacy. Complete MTM interventions, understand regulatory issues affecting pharmacy, inventory management, and gain experience with supervision of pharmacy staff
  • Medication safety and drug policy: Produce new drug monographs, or DUE criteria, supply chain distribution channels and acquisition strategies for specialty pharmaceuticals, payer relationships
  • Professional development: Year-long residency project, rotation projects, in-services, staffing, visits to other institutions, professional organizations, precepting, ACPE continuing education presentations, interviewing/recruiting and more

Application Information

Applicants must submit the following materials via the PhORCAS considered, and will be contacted regarding a required onsite interview.

  • Letter of interest - must specify:
    • Your personal career goals
    • Why you are interested in residency training, what you are looking for in a residency program.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three references
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

Departmental Contact:

Allene Naples, PharmD, MBA
Pharmacy Manager, Specialty Pharmacy
University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH

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