The purpose of The Valley Hospital’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions; eligible for board certification; and eligible for postgraduate year two pharmacy residency training (PGY-2). 

As one of the first residency programs in New Jersey, Valley has been proudly involved in pharmacy residency training since 1972. We currently offer two (2) PGY-1 positions in our program.

Program Goals

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

Program graduates will also participate in the Residency/Fellowship Teaching Certificate Program, which includes precepting their own pharmacy students.

Program Details

The residency program is extremely flexible, permitting individualization of the schedule based on the interests of the resident. During the 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. 

After orientation to the pharmacy department, the resident begins a series of rotations and other longitudinal activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the residency program. Residents will be responsible for completing medication use evaluations, adverse drug reaction reports for P&T committee, and a comprehensive residency project to be presented at the annual Eastern States Conference.

Core Learning Experiences

Acute Care

  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Code Blue Team
  • Critical Care
  • Education
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Precept Students
  • Topic Discussions
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Transitions of Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Practice (staffing)
  • Practice Management
  • Residency Research Project

Ambulatory Care

  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Oncology

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Nutrition Support
  • Patient Safety
  • Pediatrics (PICU)/Neonatology (NICU)
  • Resident Specific Interest
  • Surgery and Anesthesia