Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes toASHP Logo 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. 

The Valley Hospital’s PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency uses a hands-on approach to incorporate both inpatient and outpatient experiences to provide the resident with both clinical and community skills.

Program Description

After orientation to Valley's Pharmacy Department, the resident will begin training to work in the in-hospital community pharmacy, as well as begin a series of learning experiences and other longitudinal activities designed to meet the residency program's goals and objectives.

The longitudinal focus in Transitions of Care consists of interpreting and verifying outpatient prescriptions in addition to providing direct patient care throughout the residency program.

During clinical rotations, the resident will participate in all aspects of patient medication use therapy, including collection, assessment, planning, selection, monitoring, reconciliation, safety, and follow-up. The resident will work as part of the multidisciplinary team, advising physicians, nurses and patients on the appropriate medication use.

By working in both clinical and community pharmacy settings, the community resident will become a well-rounded pharmacist, equipped with the knowledge and skills for a variety of pharmacy settings in their future career.

Learning Experiences


Learning Experience Type Duration
Department Orientation Rotation 4 weeks
Disease State Management 1 Longitudinal 3 mos. (1 day/week)
Disease State Management 2 Longitudinal 3 mos.
Disease State Management 3 Longitudinal 3 mos.
Medication Therapy Management Longitudinal 10 mos. (1 day/mo.)
Palliative Care 1 Longitudinal 3 mos. (1-2 hr./week)
Palliative Care 2 Longitudinal 4 mos. (1 day/week)
Transitions of Care: COPD Longitudinal 9 mos. (1-2 hr./week)
Transitions of Care: ED Rotation 9 weeks (2 days/week)
Transitions of Care: Internal Medicine Rotation 6 weeks (3 days/week)
Community Pharmacy Practice: Patient-Centered Dispensing Longitudinal 10 mos. (4-8 hr./week)
Staff: 2 Saturdays/month (12 hrs.)
Community Outreach Longitudinal 10 mos. (1-2 days/mo.)
Smoking Cessation: weekly (1-2 hr.)
Leadership & Management Longitudinal 10 mos. (4-6 hrs./week)
Business Plan Longitudinal 6 mos.
Quality Improvement Project Longitudinal 4 mos.
Residency Project Longitudinal 10 mos.
Education Longitudinal 10 mos.


Learning Experience Type Duration
Oncology Rotation 4 weeks
Resident-Designed Rotation Rotation TBD

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Completion of the Teaching Certificate program
  • Precept students
  • ACPE continuing education presentation
  • Journal club and speed journaling
  • Lead student topic discussions
  • School of Pharmacy classroom lecture