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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The PVHMC PGY-1 pharmacy residency is structured in rotations across a variety of clinical and administrative areas and includes both block and longitudinal rotations. The required rotations provide a breadth of experiences throughout the inpatient hospital setting. The elective rotations will provide the resident opportunities to individualize the residency based on their areas of interest. Additional elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Upon satisfactory completion of the one-year residency, the participant will receive a Certificate of Completion of a Residency issued by Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. The certification of completion requires:

Required Core

Rotations (5 weeks)§

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care/Pediatrics

Required Longitudinal

Learning Experiences (12 months)

  • Longitudinal Leadership
    • Chief Resident (3 months)
    • Education Chair (3 months)
    • Medication Safety/Informatics (3 months)
    • Wellness/Social Media Chair (3 months)
  • Teaching and Research Certificate Program
  • Staffing (two-8 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday every other weekend for 20 weekends, inclusive of training weekends)

Elective Block Rotations

(2-4 weeks

  • Advanced Infectious Diseases*
  • Ambulatory Care#
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care+
  • Neurocritical Care+
  • Outpatient Oncology+
  • Pharmacy Administration*
  • Pharmacy Informatics+
  • Transitions of Care#
  • Trauma Critical Care+
  • Women’s Services#

§ Depending on time of year, the rotation may be extended to 6 weeks due to days away from rotation

¶ Duration of elective learning experiences may vary depending on the type of elective. Minimum duration of elective learning experiences are notated as follows:

  • * minimum 2 weeks, up to 4 weeks
  • + minimum 3 weeks, up to 4 weeks
  • ‡, minimum 4 weeks

Minimum Requirements to Receive a Resident Certificate for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Residents are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Residency Program. Only those residents who satisfactorily complete the requirements will receive their Residency Certificate as evidence of program completion. Evaluation of the residents’ progress in completing the requirements is done as part of the quarterly review process. The Residency Advisory Committee shall assess the ability of the resident to meet the requirements by established deadlines and work with the resident to assure their satisfactory completion. If a resident is failing to make satisfactory progress in any aspect of the residency program, a corrective action plan shall be developed by the Residency Program Director in conjunction with the preceptor(s).

Requirements for successful completion of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program include:

  • California Registered Pharmacist Licensure (by program deadline)
  • Completion of a full-time practice commitment for 12 months (52 weeks)
  • Successful completion of all required learning experiences (7 core, 3 longitudinal)
  • Achieved for Residency (ACHR) of 100% of all patient care related goals and objectives (ASHP Competency Area R1)
  • Achieved for Residency (ACHR) of 85% of all non-direct patient care related goals and objectives (ASHP Competency Areas R2, R3, and R4)
  • No more than one objective marked as Needs Improvement (NI) as the final assessment
  • Completion of presentation requirements
    • Grand rounds lecture to Family Medicine medical residents
    • Noon conference presentation to hospital physicians
    • Pharmacy grand rounds presentation to pharmacists
  • Completion of staffing component:
    • 20 weekends comprised of two 8-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, inclusive of training weekends
  • Completion of projects
    • Medication Event Reporting (at least one report per learning experience)
    • Medication Use Evaluation
    • Drug Class Review
    • Monograph
  • Completion of requirements for residency research project
    • Submission and acceptance of IRB application
    • Collection and analysis of data
    • Submission and acceptance of abstract and slide deck for Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors
    • Acceptable written summary of research project
  • Completion of research presentation at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors
  • Completion of Teaching and Research Certificate Program Requirements
    • WesternU Teaching and Research Certificate (refer to the WesternU syllabus for a detailed list of requirements)
    • ASHP Teaching Certificate for Pharmacists and ASHP Research Skills Certificate
  • Timely submission and completion of all required evaluations on PharmAcademic which includes:
    • Initial and quarterly self-assessments
    • Quarterly Maslach Burnout Inventory
    • Learning experience evaluations
    • Preceptor(s) evaluations
    • Co-signature of all evaluations
  • Documentation of all resident requirements (presentations, certifications, etc.) should be maintained in a “resident notebook”
  • Completion of a written reflection by the resident of the past year
    • Areas of strength or continued improvement identified for the resident
    • Areas of strength or areas requiring improvement identified for the individual program (specific suggestions on how to improve the program are encouraged)
  • Completion of an exit interview with the Residency Program Director (includes review of resident notebook) at the end of the residency year