Program Purpose

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program conducted by The Valley Hospital/Valley Health System is accredited by ASHP, in partnership with APhA.

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

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).

Our goal is to prepare our PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident to practice in outpatient, community, and retail settings, including but not limited to: 

  • PGY2 (Ambulatory Care and others) 
  • Specialty pharmacy 
  • Infusion centers & home infusion  
  • Retail pharmacies 
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM) 
  • Health & wellness 
  • Immunizations 
  • Population Health 
  • Telemedicine 
  • Transitions of care 
  • Meds-to-beds 
  • Medication histories & reconciliation 
  • Ambulatory Care & Disease State Management  
  • Community Outreach 

Program Description

The resident annual schedule is determined based on the 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

Patient Care

Community Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy Practice: Medication Reconciliation & Retail/Meds-to-Beds 
  • Infusion Center
  • Medication Therapy Management/Employee Health & Wellness
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Staffing/Independent Practice (Retail, Outcomes MTM, Specialty, Medication Reconciliation, Infusion Center, Vaccine Clinics, on-call)

Ambulatory Care

  • Cardiology
  • Disease State Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Population Health - Value-Based Care & Telemedicine

Two Electives

  • ID & Antimicrobial Stewardship Transition-of-Care
  • Clinical Trials & Investigational Drugs
  • Emergency Department Transitions-of-Care
  • Internal Medicine Transitions-of-Care
  • Nutrition Support - Enteral
  • Oncology for the Community Patient

Community Outreach

  • American Lung Association Better Breathers Club (patient support group)
  • Community Outreach Events (brown bags, health fairs, Teddy Bear Clinic, presentations/lectures, etc.)
  • Immunization Clinics & Events
  • Smoking Cessation Support Group

Administration & Leadership

  • Orientation
  • Leadership & Management
  • Recruiting/Residency Showcases
  • Duty Hour Documentation, Quarterly Updates (Resident Development Plan), Exit Interview
  • Conferences
    • NJ Society of Health System Pharmacist (NJSHP) Tri-State Health-System Summit (Oct.)
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (Dec.) 
    • ASHP Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors (spring)
    • NJ Pharmacists Association (NJPhA) Dinner Meeting (spring)
    • NJSHP Annual Conference (spring)
  • 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
  • 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)