PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UH Richmond Medical Center


Founded in 1961, University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals, is a full-service, 125-bed acute care teaching hospital serving the residents of Lake and eastern Cuyahoga counties. The hospital is part of University Hospitals Health System, which is one of the nation’s leading health care systems. UH Richmond Medical Center provides community-based health care with direct access to the clinical innovation and leading-edge research at UH Cleveland Medical Center. UH Richmond Medical Center is also home to UH Cleveland Medical Center’s Psychiatry Unit with 41 adult beds available. The hospital has over 400 physicians representing over 30 specialties who provide expert care in a wide range of comprehensive medical and surgical services. In addition, UH Richmond Medical Center offers an integrated teaching model with over 100 physician residents and fellows with programs in internal medicine, family medicine, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, emergency medicine, sports medicine, allergy and immunology, and one of the largest podiatry programs in the country.

UH Richmond Medical Center is located in Cuyahoga County, 10 miles east of Cleveland, with easy access to major interstates for easy commuting. It is known as “The City with the Forward Look” and is in close proximity to downtown Cleveland attractions.

The UH Richmond Medical Center Department of Pharmacy provides exceptional inpatient clinical and distributive services. The pharmacy mission is to provide optimal therapeutic outcomes by ensuring safe and effective drug therapy through direct cooperation by pharmacy staff with patients and health care providers. We provide high-quality procurement, preparation and distribution of pharmaceutical products; provide complete and accurate drug information; optimize the use of professional and material resources; and provide education to patients, staff and students.

Pharmacy Residency

The purpose of the UH Richmond Medical Center PGY1 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.

Program features include:

  • Assist with precepting pharmacy students
  • Staffing component every other to every third weekend
  • Benefits include competitive pay
  • Travel allowance for a regional pharmacy residency conference and a national meeting
  • Health care, disability, paid vacation, family and sick leave

Sample PGY1 Schedule:

  • July – August: Orientation and Pharmacy Service
  • August – September: Internal Medicine l
  • September – October: Psych
  • November: Medication Use System
  • December: Research
  • January: Elective
  • February: Internal Medicine II
  • March: Elective
  • April: Management
  • May: Pain Management
  • June: Elective

Experiences are tailored to the resident’s personal career goals.

Elective Rotations Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Psych consult service
  • Geriatrics
  • Critical care
  • Pediatric psychiatry
  • Anticoagulation

Some electives are offered offsite at alternate UH locations. No more than three rotations can be done in the same practice area – e.g., four psychiatry-based learning experiences not allowed.

Longitudinal Experiences

In addition to scheduled rotations, the UH Richmond Medical Center PGY1 residency offers longitudinal experiences to develop clinical skills:


  • Geriatric rounding
  • Medical utilization evaluation
  • Research
  • Pharmacy service


  • Teaching certificate from the University of Findlay

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 Richmond Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy residency, please contact:

Lauren Hoffman, PharmD, BCPP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center
27100 Chardon Road
Richmond Heights, Ohio 44143
Phone: 440-585-6521