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Pharmacy residency program

Read more about Johnston-Willis Hospital's Pharmacy Residency Program, including how to apply, our curriculum and more about the instructors and the education you receive during your time with us.

About pharmacy residency

The 12-month PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals offers personalized instruction in all aspects of medication management from highly skilled pharmacy preceptors with advanced specialty experience. Opportunities are also available for teaching, travel, networking and learning advanced automated pharmaceutical dispensing technology. Flexible, individualized rotations are based at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, but electives may be taken at other facilities in the HCA Virginia Health System network.

Our pharmacy residents are taught and mentored by highly skilled pharmacy preceptors with advanced specialty experience.

Mission statement

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is a one-year training program designed to provide personalized instruction in medication management through rigorous training and verbal and written communications. Our mission statement for this residency is to offer aspiring pharmacists the opportunity to apply patient management skills in an environment that allows and encourages pharmacy practices in real-world settings.

Eligibility and application

We participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, or PhORCAS. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

If selected, an onsite interview is required for Phase I of the Match. If necessary, an online interview (e.g. Skype) may be required for Phase II of the Match.

Selection process

Our hospitals adhere to the rules set forth by the ASHP Resident Matching Program via National Matching Services, Inc.

The following are considered during the selection process:

  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Collegiate achievements
  • Communication skills represented in the letter of intent, professional references, APPE, academic, and interview performance
  • Leadership potential as indicated by the nature and extent of participation in professional societies, community or public services, and social activities
  • Professional competence based on clinical advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations, as well as work, presentation, research, biomedical writing/publishing and practical experience

Program requirements

For successful completion of our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, residents must achieve the following:

  • Completion of a major research/service project, including:
    • Manuscript of project, which must be eligible for journal publishing
    • Poster presentation of project at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Presentation at a regional residency conference
  • Completion of a medication use evaluation
  • Completion of a minimum of three journal clubs and three formal case presentations
  • Completion of a minimum of four formal journal clubs
  • Presentation of a pharmacist continuing education seminar
  • Successfully obtaining “Achieved for Residency” a minimum of 80% of all required taught goals/objectives
  • Successfully obtaining “Achieved for Residency” for a minimum of seven sub-objectives in R1.1 (patient care)

Rotation requirements

Standard rotation length is five weeks, but can be extended upon request and approval.

Required rotations

Required rotations for all residents include:

  • Adult psychiatry or hematology oncology
  • Critical care (see elective rotations)
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics (including critical care and emergency medicine)
  • Practice management

Longitudinal rotations

Residents pursuing longitudinal rotations can select from the following:

  • Clinical management/medication safety
  • Operational pharmacy practice
  • Teaching certificate (elective)

Elective rotations

Residents seeking to take elective rotations have the following options:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • APPE teaching rotation
  • Cardiology critical care
  • Cardiothoracic surgery critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Hematology oncology
  • Medical-surgical critical care
  • Neonatal critical care
  • Neuroscience critical care
  • Psychiatry: pediatric, adolescent, adults and geriatrics

Pay, benefits and working conditions

Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by human resources.

Salary: At least $42,000.

Duration of appointment: One year, beginning on July 1 of the program year.

Vacation and holiday leave: 10 days of paid time off (PTO) can be taken during rotations throughout the year with prior approval from the rotation preceptor and residency program director. Residents are required to work some holidays.

Sick and family leave: Sick leave is deducted from PTO if available; otherwise, it will be unpaid time off. Residents are expected to notify co-workers, preceptor and program director as early as possible when illness requires absence.

Educational and professional leave: Nine days are granted for paid professional leave to attend appropriate continuing education or professional programs, travel for job interviews or visitations to other residency sites or professional practice locations. Requests for professional leave must be submitted to the residency program director. Residents are expected to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting as well as a regional residency conference. Financial assistance is anticipated for travel, meals and lodging expenses for these meetings.

Health benefits: Residents are eligible for health benefits as full-time pharmacist employees of HCA Virginia Health System.

Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under HCA Virginia Health System’s liability insurance policy. This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of HCA Virginia.

Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. Each resident is provided with a phone that is active throughout Richmond and Central Virginia.

Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts.

Parking: Pharmacy residents park free in approved locations at each hospital.

Teaching and Learning Certificate Program

To help resident graduates prepare for roles in different settings, residents may choose to complete a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program alongside the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. This program is offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.