PGY1 Residency (WCH)

West Chester Hospital Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency


As a member of UC Health, West Chester Hospital (WCH) seeks to fulfill our system-wide mission of advancing medicine and improving the health of all people, in addition to creating outstanding patient experiences and offering excellent patient care. With that aim in mind, West Chester Hospital offers an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. The PGY1 Residency is a 12-month, structured training program designed to develop competence in providing the highest level of pharmaceutical care. The program will be individualized based upon the resident’s level of knowledge, skills, and interests. Elective rotations allow the resident to further pursue interests related to their personal career objectives.


PGY1 Residents will join a robust preceptor team who serve as experts in their area of practice. WCH Department of Pharmacy has Clinical Specialists in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Hematology and Oncology, Ambulatory Care and additional pharmacy services provided in Surgery and Transitions of Care. The PGY1 Resident will be trained in Pharmacy Consult Services including Pharmacokinetic Dosing and Monitoring, Nutrition Support, Anticoagulation, Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Patient Falls and Polypharmacy, and Medication Reconciliation.


Required Learning Experiences (1 month)


Internal Medicine

General Surgery

Intensive Care

Emergency Medicine

Transitions of Care

Pharmacy Administration

Drug Policy and Drug Information


Elective Learning Experiences (3 rotations, 1 month each)

Advanced Acute Care Pharmacotherapy

Advanced Critical Care

Ambulatory Care

Antimicrobial Stewardship



Infectious Diseases

Specialty Pharmacy



Required Longitudinal Experiences

Anticoagulation Clinic

Professional Pharmacy Practice (Continuing Education Presentations, Hospital Committee Involvement, Precepting, Professional Organization Involvement, Teaching Certificate Program)

Emergency Response (Rapid Response, Code Blue, Trauma Stat, Stroke Alerts, Emergent Intubation)

IRB-approved Research

Medication Use Evaluation




West Chester Hospital is a community hospital with a friendly and welcoming environment. As one of the Greater Cincinnati area’s newer hospitals, WCH offers the most innovative technology as well as spacious, attractive patient rooms and staff areas. This quickly growing hospital has won numerous awards for our staff members’ outstanding efforts in patient care and customer service. Learn more about our awards and recognitions. Pharmacy residents will receive a competitive stipend, paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, 27 days of paid time off (includes vacation days, selected holidays, and sick leave), and an educational travel allowance for selected meetings. The resident will be provided an office with electronic access to the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, statistical software, free parking, weekly ACPE CE provided through Pharmacy Grand Rounds, access to Pharmacists’ Letter, Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, and more.


Program Eligibility

Program Code: 44048

National Matching Service Code: 215013

Number of positions: 4

Applicants for West Chester Hospital’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program should hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy and be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio.

The following items must be received by December 31 to complete application to the program. Please submit all application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (PhORCAS format)


Program Contact

Caitlin E. Pfaff, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine

UC Health – West Chester Hospital

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences

University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy

Office (513) 298-8259
Fax (513) 298-7908


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