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PGY1 Pharmacy Training


The Department of Pharmacy Services under the guidance of the mission and values of University Hospitals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of pharmaceutical care.  Our pharmacy team of over 150 members consists of clinical pharmacists, clinical pharmacist specialists, certified pharmacy technicians and support staff.  Our team is responsible for the safe and cost-effective use of medications through the application of specialized knowledge, skills and professional judgment. Our team members serve as patient advocates when planning and implementing pharmaceutical care of our patient’s medical conditions.  In addition to providing 24-hour clinical and distributive services, our team is committed to the education and development of the next generation of pharmacists through pharmacy medical education programs, which include practice experiences, internships and residencies. 

University Hospitals Department of Pharmacy Services offers a variety of educational programs to help train the next generation of pharmacists.  Our training programs provide pharmacy students, interns and residents with hands-on experience providing pharmacy services and patient care within a health system hospital setting. 

University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems.  It provides high-quality, patient-centered medical care at hundreds of locations throughout Northeast Ohio. 

The system’s 1,142-bed tertiary medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC), 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 30,000 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 142,000 inpatient discharges annually. 

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

Pharmacy Residency

The purpose of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 residency training.

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

The PGY1 Pharmacy 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 healthcare 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 the resident into a highly marketable clinical practitioner.

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