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Pharmacy residency program

About Our Program

Our program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers training opportunities in acute care, clinical services, medication safety and pharmacy management and leadership. PGY1 residents take on the role of clinical pharmacists and provide care to patients in a variety of settings under the guidance of skilled preceptors.

The NCH Healthcare System Pharmacy Residency program provides an in-depth experience in pharmacy practice, pharmacotherapy, medication safety, management and leadership. Our curriculum is designed to meet all training requirements of the ASHP accreditation standards. After four weeks of orientation, the program consists of five core learning experiences, three longitudinal learning experiences and two electives. The residents may choose to do more than one rotation in the same practice area (see program structure).

Over the course of twelve months, the residents will develop expert skills and competency in providing pharmaceutical care to a variety of patient populations. Residents will develop proficiency in several patient care areas including internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, stroke, critical care, cardiothoracic surgery, oncology, sterile compounding, outpatient infusion services and emergency medicine. The program also places an emphasis on management and medication safety.

One of the major strengths of our program is the number of instructors with several years of experience in various clinical specialties (e.g. oncology, critical care, internal medicine, cardiology and surgery). Residents will grow exponentially in their clinical skills and provision of complete pharmaceutical care.

Residents will obtain professional confidence and leadership skills by participating in the multidisciplinary care of patients. Residents completing this residency program will be competent clinical practitioners, trained to independently function as decentralized, unit-based pharmacists. The roles and responsibilities of a decentralized pharmacist are to support all pharmaceutical services for the assigned patient care area.

The goal of the program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and develop clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients and to provide exceptional pharmacy residency experiences to prepare future leaders in clinical pharmacy.

Program Structure and Curriculum

ORIENTATION (four weeks)

Orientation with a new class of medical residents, benefits overview and explanation with human resources and become accustomed to central pharmacy workflow and operations while shadowing pharmacists.


  • Internal medicine
  • Critical care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Oncology

ELECTIVE ROTATIONS (six weeks each, select two)

  • Pediatrics
  • Peri-operative patient care
  • Consulting pharmacy (NCH Physician Group, free-standing EDs)
  • Internal medicine advanced
  • Cardiovascular critical care

LONGITUDINAL ROTATIONS (activities throughout the year)

  • Medication safety
  • Pharmacy leadership and management
  • Research and quality improvement


Residents are required to staff every other weekend throughout the year starting in July. Once licensed, they will be expected to function as a member of the weekend staff completing order verification, pharmacokinetic and TPN consults, as well as the supervision of pharmacy technicians.


The residents will complete a medication use evaluation and create a poster for presentation at the ASHP midyear meeting in December. One of our preceptors will serve as a project mentor for each.


The resident will also be responsible for a research project that is focused on quality improvement for the NCH pharmacy department or healthcare system. This project will be presented at Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) Florida Residency Conference in May. The resident will also be required to write a manuscript suitable for publication on this research project.


  • Journal clubs
  • Pharmacy newsletters
  • Drug information questions
  • Formal topic presentations, ACPE accredited continuing education
  • In-services, multidisciplinary
  • Patient cases