Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Resident
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) Residency program is a 12-month, full-time residency, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 program.
The mission of our program is to develop a pharmacist with the skills and abilities to successfully practice as an acute care pharmacist, adjunct faculty member, and/or be prepared to pursue and complete PGY2 residency training. This residency also includes developing a core skill set in drug information and literature evaluation, pharmacotherapy evaluation and management, project-based research and team functioning, presentation development and delivery, and direct patient interaction.
Our residency program will provide each resident with specific learning experiences designed to enable the resident to expand the scope of his/her practice skills. The resident will be evaluated on ASHP goals/objectives as assigned on various learning experiences (rotations, longitudinal experiences, presentations, etc.) throughout the year. The ASHP Residency Learning System and PharmAcademic is used extensively, which offers the resident a tailored, personalized, and progressive learning experience throughout the year. Residents have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and assist preceptors with teaching pharmacy students from the local colleges of pharmacy. An optional teaching certificate provided by one of the two local colleges of pharmacy may be obtained during the residency. The resident will also gain experience in giving formal presentations, including research pharmacy projects that are designed to improve patient care quality and safety throughout the year.
This residency will tentatively begin on June 19, 2023, with five residency positions available. Vanderbilt University Medical Center also offers PGY2 specialty residencies in Cardiology, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Informatics, Oncology, Pediatrics, and Solid Organ Transplant. PGY2 specialty residencies require the successful completion of a PGY1 residency year. VUMC pharmacy residency positions beginning in 2023 in postgraduate year one (PGY1) or postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs are offered to applicants through the ASHP Resident Matching Program (the "Match"). The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is responsible for establishing the Rules of the Match, and for monitoring the implementation of the Match. The administration and conduct of the Match is carried out by National Matching Services Inc. on behalf of ASHP.
- Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience)
- Master's Degree (or equivalent experience)
- < 1 year relevant experience
- Applicants must submit their application in the PhORCAS application portal by December 31st and complete an online application with Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. A CV, Letter of Intent, three letters of recommendation (minimum of two letters from clinical preceptors), a GPA greater than 3.25 and University transcripts for pharmacy coursework are required to be submitted through applicants PhORCAS application.
- Applicants will be required to be a graduate of an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and must obtain unrestricted licensure to practice as a Pharmacist in the State of Tennessee by July 31st of their residency year. Residents who are not fully licensed by this date will have modifications to their scheduled responsibilities. Failure to obtain Tennessee licensure by October 1st will result in dismissal from the residency program and termination from employment at VUMC, unless licensure is anticipated by October 31st. Verification of professional degree conferred, as well as Tennessee Pharmacist licensure occurs in accordance with VUMC policy.
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):
Additional Qualification Information:
- PGY1 Residents must have an unrestricted license in the State of Tennessee prior to October 1 in the one year program. Must be a graduate of an accredited Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Pharmacy program.
- VUMC will conduct pre-employment background checks on all final candidates for all positions in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The background check process will begin after a contingent offer of employment is made and accepted by the selected/matched residency candidate. Pharmacy employees and candidates who are conditionally offered employment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will also be tested for compliance with alcohol and drug use in accordance with VUMC policy.
Paid time off (PTO), travel support to attend professional meetings, health insurance, relocation allowance and other benefits. For additional information go to: https://www.vumc.org/department-pharmacy/pgy1-pharmacy-residency-program
A broad range of experiences are incorporated into the residency curriculum. The focus is on clinical rotations in direct patient care settings. Residents also gain experience in pharmacy administration, medication use system, drug information and research pharmacy projects that are designed to improve patient care quality and safety. The resident will draft a manuscript of their research project that is suitable for publication. Required clinical experiences include internal medicine and two critical care medicine rotations, but there are a variety of acute care electives available, including cardiology, infectious diseases, nutrition support, solid organ transplantation, oncology, pediatrics, and others. Staffing requirements vary but the resident will gain extensive experience in pharmacy operations, including but not limited to the sterile products area, central dispensing area, satellite dispensing areas, narcotic room procedures, and assisting with clinical dashboard monitoring, clinical pharmacy coverage and consults throughout the year.
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