PGY1 Residency (UCMC)


Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice 

Program Code: 44200

National Matching Service Code: 180213

Start date: End of June, exact date to be communicated post match.

Number of positions: 7

The following outline represents general program design and requirements for the ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The program includes a variety of direct and non-direct patient care, research, and teaching opportunities and will be tailored to meet the needs of an individual resident based on the resident development plan.

Program requirements 

Entrance into the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency requires the following:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE – accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Ohio

The PGY1 Residency Certificate will be awarded with completion of all established program requirements, including achievement of Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency.

Clinical learning experiences

All experiences are one month in duration, unless otherwise noted


  • Orientation
  • Critical Care
  • Drug Information and Drug Use Policy Development
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Surgery
  • Research

Selective (resident must choose two of four rotations)

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology


  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Renal Medicine
  • Medical Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care Anesthesia Team
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Medication Use Safety
  • Specialty Pharmacy


  • Ambulatory Care Clinic


PGY1 and PGY2 residents will participate in a longitudinal research project that originates from either resident interest or preceptor research submissions. A research timeline is established to ensure the resident stays on schedule for completion of residency.


June/July Research question and research team selected
August Research question and objectives presented to Pharmacy Research Subcommittee
September Submission of protocol to the Investigational Review Board (IRB)
November Development of University Health System Consortium (UHC) abstract and poster
December Presentation of research question and methods at UHC Conference held in conjunction with the ASHP midyear clinical meeting; focused data collection/analysis
January/March Data analysis, Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (GLPRC) abstract submission
March/April GLPRC presentations
April-June Manuscript preparation and submission


Education opportunities 

PGY1 and PGY2 residents will have the opportunity to participate in the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program. The program is available for all residents in the greater Cincinnati area and consists of a two-day seminar along with longitudinal didactic, co-precepting and small group teaching requirements.

Education of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals is integrated longitudinally throughout the program including inter-professional grand rounds presentations, resident-led clinical presentations, nursing education, and other opportunities.


Pharmacy Grand Rounds 

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will develop two 60-minute ACPE through College of Pharmacy presentations for Pharmacy Grand Rounds.


Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement 

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will present one pharmacy-specific process improvement opportunity at the Monthly Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement (MMI) case conference.  A written summary will be prepared for inclusion in the quarterly MMI continuing education publication.


Medication use evaluation (MUE)

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will conduct an MUE coordinated through each resident’s assigned committee. The MUE is completed within the first half of the academic year and will be presented by the resident to the Drug Policy Development or other relevant committee.


Committee involvement 

The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident will serve as an active member of a UC Health or University of Cincinnati Medical Center multidisciplinary committee.  Examples of committees the resident may serve on include Drug Policy Development Committee, Anti-infective Subcommittee, Medication Safety Committee and the Pharmacy Design Team.


Independent practice 

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will assist with provision of pharmacy coverage for rapid responses, Code Blue, and Code Violet. Residents are also integrated into the weekly clinical pharmacist call schedule. The PGY1 resident will spend a month working the Pulmonology Consult Team to ensure safe antibiotic use in cystic fibrosis patients.


Professional conferences 

PGY1 and PGY2 residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting/Vizient Meeting (December) and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (May).  Additionally, the PGY1 resident will be expected to attend a local university or organization meeting (ie Ohio Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Residency Showcase) in order to assist with recruitment for the PGY1 Residency Program.


Salary and benefits  

Final information regarding salary, benefits, and pre-employment requirements will be provided to matched applicants for PGY1 and PGY2 programs prior to the start of the residency year.

  • Estimated salary of $49,000
  • 27 days paid time off (includes holidays and professional conference travel)
  • Medical, dental, vision plans
  • Individual workspace including a desktop computer and laser printer
  • Physical and electronic access to the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library (adjacent to hospital)
  • Weekly Ohio CE provided through Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Financial reimbursement for professional conferences
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification
  • Free covered parking adjacent to hospital


Application Process

The following items must be received by January 1 to complete this application. Please submit the following items via PhORCAS:

  • A letter of intent describing your reasons for applying to the program and interests within the pharmacy profession.
  • A single page narrative description of a time when you independently identified a problem during your professional pharmacy experience. What was the issue? How did you develop and present a possible solution? What was the outcome?
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (utilizing PhORCAS format). Letter of recommendation writers should be instructed to comment on these five domains, at a minimum:
    1. Clinical problem solving skills
    2. Independence/resourcefulness
    3. Dependability
    4. Ability to work with peers
    5. Ability to time manage

    Letter writer should provide a skill assessment with specific examples.

Program Contact

Nicole Harger, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


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