The AH PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. Abington Hospital is a community teaching hospital providing an innovative residency training program established on a foundation and culture of patient and medication safety.
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 residents. The program will fill the available positions in accordance with the National Matching Service agreement and ASHP accreditation rules and guidelines.
- 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 90 days 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.
The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Services is to advance pharmacy practice while supporting all of the goals of the health system.
Pharmacy Care Services
- Abington Hospital's (AH) inpatient pharmacists deliver care in a hybrid staffing model, 24 hours/7 days per week. Pharmacists have centralized 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 all patients.
- The AH Pharmacy supports the hospital through multiple specialty satellite locations including Oncology and Critical Care.
- 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 pharmacy care pharmacists.
Darshan (Shawn) Parekh, PharmD, MHA, FACHE
Health System Director of Pharmacy Services
Question: Are residents required to work holidays?
Answer: Each resident covers three holidays during the year.
Question: How are residents evaluated?
Answer: 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?
Answer: 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 67 hours a week.
Question: Is the research project assigned?
Answer: 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?
Answer: 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 will also participate in the newly developed Preceptor Certificate Program.
Question: How long is each learning experience?
Answer: 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?
Answer: 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.
Question: Does your residency program sponsor candidates who do not have current citizenship in the US?
Answer: Due to the limited time between NMS match results and the accelerated starting schedule for the residency program (early June), we are unable to commit to sponsorship of candidates at this time.