PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UH Cleveland Medical Center


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 system’s 1,032-bed tertiary medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is an academic affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This academic medical center includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, among the nation’s best children’s hospitals; UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women.

With more than 26,000 physicians and employees, our system is Northeast Ohio’s second-largest private-sector employer. UH performs more than 5.8 million outpatient procedures and nearly 62,000 inpatient discharges annually.

University Hospitals’ goal is to provide comprehensive primary and community-based care – the kind of health care people need most – as well as access to the highest-quality specialty care when necessary.

Pharmacy Residency

The UH Cleveland Medical Center postgraduate year one (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education to continue the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of disease states and conditions. Pharmacy residents will be exposed to all pivotal areas of pharmacy practice; they will optimize patient care and outcomes by applying evidence-based medicine as integral members of the multidisciplinary health care teams.

Graduating PGY1 residents are eligible for board certification and are eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY1 pharmacy practice residency is a one-year commitment designed to provide postgraduate practical experience in the provision of pharmaceutical care. Through these experiences, the resident is provided the opportunity to develop as a general pharmacy practitioner and to build a foundation for further postgraduate pharmacy training including specialized residencies and fellowships. Our goal is to train each resident to be a competent and confident provider of comprehensive pharmaceutical care. The resident will demonstrate the ability to manage patient care and achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes. In addition to patient care, residents will be involved in pharmacy research and providing education to pharmacists, students, other health care professionals, and patients in alignment with the hospital’s mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. Throughout the residency experience, each resident will develop individual and professional skills that will help mold him or her into a highly marketable clinical practitioner.

Graduating PGY1 Residents will:

  • Ensure safe, effective, appropriate drug therapy and prevent, identify and resolve drug-related problems
  • Present as a competent, confident and compassionate practitioner
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession and continued personal growth
  • Possess comprehensive health-system pharmacy skills that promote future professional growth
  • Create, promote and participate as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities for improvement within a practice and practice site
  • Provide education to professional and nonprofessional audiences, utilizing effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate a foundation of leadership skills in pharmacy practice

Residency General Information


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Rotations: Orientation (July), 7 Required, 3 Elective, 4 Longitudinal
  • Number of positions: 4
  • Starting date: June 29
  • Estimated stipend: $47,500
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Training site: UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Practice setting: Tertiary medical center
  • Total beds: 1,032


  • Medical coverage
  • Paid time off: 10 days
  • Desk with personal computer
  • Monogrammed lab coat
  • Resident office space
  • Reduced professional membership fees
  • Reduced meeting registration fees
  • Travel opportunities* for the following meetings:
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy continuing education

*Travel opportunities are available based on hospital policy requirements.

Required and Elective Activities

Required Rotations (Month Long Otherwise As Noted):

  • Orientation
  • Cardiology
  • Decentralized Staffing
  • Drug Information (longitudinal)
  • Drug Regimen Review (longitudinal)
  • Immunosuppressed Population
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Inpatient Staffing (longitudinal)
  • Intensive Care (Medical ICU, General Surgical ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neurosurgical ICU)
  • Internal Medicine (General)
  • Pharmacy Administration/Leadership
  • Pharmacy Research (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations**:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Emergency medicine
  • HIV Inpatient Service
  • Intensive care (Medical ICU, General Surgical ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neurosurgical ICU)
  • Malignant Hematology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Solid Organ Transplant

** Select required rotations may be taken as an elective

Additional Required Activities

  • Residency project (clinical, economic, research, or administrative)
    • Design and conduct a project to develop or enhance an aspect of pharmacy operations or patient care
    • Present abstract and results at Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Journal club (total of four)
    • Present a critical evaluation of primary literature as part of a clinical rotation to the faculty/staff
  • Monthly topic/case-based presentations
  • Teaching activities
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Participate in Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Participate in Hospital Emergency Response Team

The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency program conducted at UH Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Residency Program Application

Graduates of accredited Colleges of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio may submit the following materials via PhORCAS to the program director for consideration for residency program admission:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official college transcripts

Contact Information

To learn more about the UH Cleveland Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy residency, please contact:

Robert Barcelona, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmacy Services
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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