The Valley Hospital’s PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (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 (PGY-2) residencies and professional certifications.

Valley’s community-based PGY-1 program is the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey. The program began in 2017 and offers one (1) Community PGY-1 position. It is currently recognized by ASHP with candidate status. 

Program Goals

PGY-1 Community-Based Residency Program graduates will be competent pharmacist clinicians prepared for patient care positions in retail and ambulatory care settings, clinical preceptor positions or a specialty residency or fellowship.

Residents in Valley’s program also have the opportunity to participate in the Residency Teaching Certificate Program.

Program Details

This residency program uses a hands-on approach to incorporate both outpatient and inpatient pharmacist skills, providing the resident with clinical and practical experience. 

After orientation to the pharmacy department, the resident will train to work in the in-hospital retail pharmacy and begin a series of rotations and other longitudinal activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the residency program. The Transitions of Care longitudinal rotation consists of interpreting and verifying outpatient prescriptions in addition to extensive amounts of direct patient interaction during a “Meds to Beds” counseling encounters. 

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

Core Learning Experiences


  • Community Pharmacy Practice/Staffing
  • Education
    • In-services, topic discussions, precepting
    • Teaching Certificate
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Residency Project
  • Transitions of Care


  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine/COPD Training
  • Medication Reconciliation 
    • Discharge
    • Hospital
  • Orientation
  • Practice Management


  • Informatics
  • Oncology
  • Medication Safety
  • Resident-Specific Interest