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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Abington – Jefferson Health (AJH) 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 AJH 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 – Jefferson Health is a community teaching hospital providing an innovative residency training program established on a foundation and culture of patient and medication 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 residents. 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 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.

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.

Pharmacy Care Services

  • Abington – Jefferson Health's (AJH) inpatient pharmacists deliver care in a hybrid staffing model, 24 hours/7 days per week. Pharmacists have centralized roles and responsibilities.
  • AJH 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.
  • AJH 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.


Salary and fringe benefits for the residency program:

  • Salary: $47,500
  • 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

Learning Experiences

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Unit-Based Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pain Management/Palliative Care
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Medication Safety
  • Anticoagulation
  • Pharmacy Practice Experience
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Transitions of Care
  • Cardiology
  • Special Care Nursery

Residency Projects & Activities

  • Research Project
  • Formulary Monograph and/or Drug Class Review
  • Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE)
  • Monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Meeting Minutes
  • Pharmacist CE Program (ACPE - accredited) and Staff Development
  • Residency Recruitment Activities
  • Preceptor Certificate Program
  • Aminoglycoside Monitoring
  • Clinical On-call Program


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

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 AJH. 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?
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.

Question: What are your pharmacy staffing requirements?
Answer: The resident will staff every third weekend, one shift on Saturday and Sunday. The resident will also staff an "evening shift" Monday-Friday from 5pm until 9pm. Responsibilities during these shifts are variable.

Question: How is your clinical on-call program structured?
Answer: The pharmacy resident will be responsible for answering clinical questions from the staff pharmacists Monday-Friday during their on-duty hours (i.e. while the resident is working in the hospital). The resident will have an assigned preceptor available to help facilitate problem solving. This is a longitudinal experience that begins during the second quarter of the residency year. The weekly responsibility rotates between the residents.