PGY1 Pharmacy Training


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


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Rotations: Orientation (July), 8 Required, 2 Elective, 4 Longitudinal
  • Number of positions: 4
  • Starting date: June 27
  • Estimated stipend: $49,000
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Training site: UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Practice setting: Tertiary medical center
  • Total beds: 1,032

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