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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Abington Hospital  is a powerful learning opportunity to develop essential knowledge and skill sets for contemporary health-system pharmacy practice. The residency program fosters creative problem solving, process thinking, project management, and self-evaluation in the context of patient care and under the umbrella of medication safety and quality.


The AH PGY1 pharmacy residency program prepares its graduates to succeed as acute care pharmacists or to pursue PGY2 training in a focused area of practice.  AH is a community teaching hospital that provides a core foundation of practice management, self-evaluation, and unique clinical skills (pain management, anticoagulation and antimicrobial stewardship) within a culture of patient safety.

Applicant Information

To be considered for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, you must be registered with the ASHP-affiliated National Matching Service.  You must then apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Completed applications are due by the deadline listed on the ASHP Residency Directory.  Selected candidates will receive an invitation for an on-site interview, typically in January or February, with the program director, preceptors and department staff.  The program will fill the available positions in accordance with the National Matching Service agreement and ASHP accreditation rules and guidelines.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited College or School of pharmacy or BS in pharmacy degree with three years of hospital experience.
  • Must be a registered pharmacist in Pennsylvania or eligible for and complete the Board of Pharmacy licensure process within three months of the residency program start date.

Currently the program has three available PGY1 positions which are filled on a yearly basis.  The program begins in mid-June and residents are contracted for 53 weeks to allow overlap between residency classes.

Overview of the Pharmacy Department

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Services is to advance pharmacy practice while supporting all of the goals of the health system.

Pharmaceutical Care Services

  • Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health's inpatient pharmacists deliver care in a hybrid staffing model, 24 hours/7 days per week.  Pharmacists have centralized and decentralized roles and responsibilities.
  • AH utilizes technicians, students and automation to provide exceptional drug distribution services.  Automated systems include AcuDose machines, with a drug storage carousel, medication bar coding system, fully interfaced inpatient CPOE, and e-prescribing for our clinic and discharged patients.
  • The AH Pharmacy supports the hospital through multiple specialty satellite locations including Oncology, Critical Care and an OR satellite.
  • AH also has an outpatient pharmacy open to employees, patients and the public.
  • All pharmacists work collaboratively with nurses, physicians and the Health Information Systems (HIS) department to develop easy-to-use, evidence-based treatment protocols and order sets.
  • Clinical drug information services are provided 24/7 via staff pharmacists, pharmacy residents and clinical pharmacists.

Darshan (Shawn) Parekh, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Director of the Department of Pharmacy Services


Salary and fringe benefits for the residency program: 

  • Salary: $45,500
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage are provided
  • 10 paid vacation/sick days
  • Travel stipend for ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Two AH lab coats
  • Office space, desktop computer, laptop and Spectralink phone

Core Learning Experiences


  • This learning experience has three main objectives: learning the process for patient care data retrieval, analysis, documentation and presentation; developing assessment and self-evaluation skills during one-on-one dedicated time with preceptors; and building a foundation of knowledge in core pharmacy areas including basic hospital infectious diseases, anticoagulation, and pain management.

Internal Medicine

  • The resident actively participates in rounds with the Internal Medicine Team; a team that generally consist of an attending physician, one to two medical residents and a medical student. This learning experience serves as a foundational experience as the resident will manage medication therapy for a variety of diseases and conditions, provide education to the medical team, and perform medication reconciliation and discharge counseling.

Infectious Diseases

  • The resident actively participates in rounds with members from the Division of Infectious Diseases including, an attending physician, a fellow, a medical resident and a medical student. Pharmacokinetic monitoring, antimicrobial dosing and stewardship initiatives build upon the basic foundations of hospital infectious diseases previously learned in the Pharmacotherapy experience.

Pain Management/Palliative Care

  • The resident actively participates in rounds with a pharmacist, the Palliative Care Team, and the Pain Management Team. The goal of this rotation is for the resident to understand the key concepts and current practices for managing a patient's pain so that the resident can design appropriate medication regimens for individual patients.

Pharmacy Management

  • During this experience the resident becomes an active and engaged pharmacy management team member. The resident is exposed to operational, financial and clinical management of pharmacy practice which includes interactions with hospital administration as well as physician and nursing leadership.

Critical Care

  • The resident actively participates in rounds with the critical care team, including a critical care attending, surgical resident, one to two medical residents and a medical student. This experience focuses on the management of critically ill patients located in one of our five intensive care units where emergent medication treatments are monitored on a daily basis.

Medication Safety

  • Abington Memorial Hospital prides itself on its culture of safety and the resident will be actively engaged in the multidisciplinary approach to patient safety. Projects during this rotation involve analyzing and managing actual and possible patient safety issues by implementing pharmacy and hospital-wide interventions.

Longitudinal Experiences

Ambulatory Care Experience

  • The ambulatory care experience is based out of Abington Family Medicine, a practice located approximately 1.5 miles from Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health. Drug information, medication recommendations, physician education and patient education are routine activities in a unique, teaching environment with Family Medicine residents and faculty.

Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • The current job market and PPMI have led to increasing “hybridization” of the pharmacist role. The pharmacy practice experience is crucial for the development of operational skills in tandem with clinical services. Pharmacy residents are responsible for the duties of a frontline pharmacist, which include; order verification, drug distribution, medication checking, double checking pediatric doses and triaging physician and nursing inquiries. Clinical services include participation in anticoagulation monitoring, therapeutic drug monitoring, renal dosing, and therapeutic interchanges.

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Anticoagulation
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Trauma
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Teaching Experience and/or Certificate
  • Resident-specific interest

Residency Projects & Activities

ASHP Pharmacy Residency
  • Research Project
  • Formulary Monograph and/or Drug Class Review
  • Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE)
  • Monthly Pharmacy Newsletter
  • Monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Meeting Minutes
  • Pharmacist CE Program (ACPE - accredited)
  • Residency Recruitment Activities


Question: Are residents required to work holidays?
Each resident covers three holidays during the year.

Question: How are residents evaluated?
Residents are evaluated after each rotation based on ASHP's Residency Learning System (RLS) model using the PharmAcademic system for documentation.

Question: How many hours do you work per week?
It varies from rotation to rotation; however, the residents are limited to 80 hours per week based on departmental policy. On average, they work approximately 65 hours a week.

Question: Is the research project assigned?
The research project is chosen according to the resident's area of interest. Project mentors will help with topic selection, identification of resources, and research project guidance.

Question: Are there teaching opportunities or requirements?
Residents will be expected to help precept IPPE and APPE pharmacy students during their clerkships/rotations at AH. Residents will also present agenda items to medical healthcare professionals, to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, various sub-committee meetings, and in-service the medical and nursing staff. Residents may also have the opportunity to teach in a didactic setting in conjunction with Jefferson University School of Pharmacy or through a teaching certificate program offered by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP).

Question: How long is each teaching experience?
Core and elective learning experiences are typically five weeks in length, however they can range from four to six weeks based on the schedule and how they fall in the residency year calendar.

Question: How many elective experiences may I choose?
Elective experiences are blocked in 4-6 week groups and can be filled with one or multiple learning opportunities with the smallest time period being two weeks.