Program Purpose

PGY1 Community‐Based Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose: To build upon the Doctor of ASHP LogoPharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

The Valley Hospital PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency program offers training, education, and practice experience in the following pharmacy services: medication management (including comprehensive medication management and targeted medication intervention services with follow-up; health and wellness; immunizations, disease state management incorporating medication management, and care transitions including medication reconciliation and medication management; and patient-centered medication distribution).

Program Description

The resident annual schedule is determined based on incoming interests of the resident. The length of time for each learning experience is flexible to accommodate the special interests of the resident. Learning experience offerings are outlined below. 

Estimated total % emphasis per competency area:

  • Patient care 70%
  • Leadership & management 15%
  • Advancement of community-based practice and improving patient care 10%
  • Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge 5%

Pharmacist Patient Care Process (PPCP) is utilized for patient care.

Learning Experiences


  • Orientation - Rotational
  • American Lung Association Better Breathers Club (patient support group) - Longitudinal
  • Community Outreach Events (brown bags, health fairs, Teddy Bear Clinic, etc.) - Concentrated events as scheduled
  • Community Pharmacy Practice Patient-Centered Dispensing, Immunizations, and Outcomes MTM - Rotational
  • Disease State Management Ambulatory Care - Rotational + longitudinal
  • Duty Hour Documentation- Longitudinal
  • Immunization Clinics & Events - Concentrated events as scheduled
  • Infusion Center - Outpatient & Ambulatory Care - Rotational
  • Leadership & Management - Rotational x 4 weeks + concentrated as scheduled
  • Medication History & Reconciliation - Rotational
  • Medication Therapy Management/Employee Health & Wellness - Concentrated
  • Palliative Care 1 - Longitudinal
  • Palliative Care 2 Ambulatory Care - Longitudinal
  • Quarterly Updates (Resident Development Plan) & Exit Interview - Concentrated
  • Recruiting/Residency Showcases - Concentrated as scheduled
  • Smoking Cessation Support Group - Longitudinal
  • Specialty Pharmacy - Rotational + longitudinal
  • Staffing/Independent Practice (Community, Outcomes MTM, Specialty, Medication Reconciliation, on-call) - Longitudinal

Major Projects

  • Business plan
  • Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) agreement development
  • Newsletter article
  • Pharmacy Week coordination
  • Quality improvement project
  • Residency interviews coordination
  • Residency project

Teaching & Precepting

  • Co-precepting your own student - Rotational
  • Journal Clubs, case presentations, in-services, topic discussions, student project mentoring
  • Preceptor "Boot Camp"
  • Present live CE lecture for pharmacists and technicians
  • Teaching certificate (includes classroom teaching in large groups, small groups, and labs)


  • ASHP: Midyear Clinical Meeting (Dec.) & Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors (April)
  • NJ Pharmacists Association (NJPhA): Dinner meeting (spring)
  • NJ Society of Health System Pharmacist (NJSHP): Tri-State Health-System Summit (fall) & Annual Conference (spring)


  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Transition-of-Care - Rotational
  • Clinical Trials & Investigational Drugs - Rotational
  • Code Blue - Longitudinal
  • Emergency Department Transitions-of-Care - Rotational
  • Internal Medicine Transitions-of-Care - Rotational
  • Nutrition Support - Enteral - Rotational
  • Oncology for the Community Patient - Rotational
  • Resident-driven