The Christ Hospital's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Residents from 2021-2022

Pharmacy Residency at The Christ Hospital - FAQ

Is the residency accredited? 

Yes, the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program is ASHP accredited and received a full 8 years of re-accreditation in 2018.                 


How many positions are there?

There are 4 PGY1 positions. 


What are the required learning experiences?

There are seven traditional month-long required learning experiences:  ambulatory care cardiology, critical care, clinical pharmacy management, emergency medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, and internal medicine.  Ambulatory care, cardiology, and critical care and considered selective rotations in that the resident may choose between two options for each.  The selective options include medical resident clinic or primary care for ambulatory, general cardiology or heart failure for cardiology and medical ICU or cardiovascular ICU for critical care. 

There are also several required longitudinal experiences including pharmacy practice management, research, pharmacy services, management of medical emergencies, and education and communication.  Residents are also required to complete a one-month orientation period in July.   

How many elective learning experiences does each resident complete? 

The residency provides for three months of elective learning experiences which are typically scheduled in the second half of the residency year unless the resident has a particular elective they would like to complete prior to Midyear.


How is the resident's rotation schedule determined?

Prior to the start of the residency year, the resident will complete a questionnaire that includes rotation interests, and a preliminary schedule of required rotations will be prepared by the Residency Program Director.  In general, electives are scheduled but not chosen until the second half of the year unless the resident has a specific area of interest they would like to have experience in prior to Midyear.


What kind of presentations are required of the resident?

The resident will be engaged in a number of different ways to disseminate medical information to a variety of audiences.  Formal presentations include 2 Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentations and a Therapeutic Controversy.  Additionally, the resident will complete informal teachings such as medical resident teachings, nursing inservices and topic discussions with pharmacy students. 

Will I participate in multi-disciplinary rounds?

Yes, as a resident you will be a member of rounding teams on various required and elective rotations including internal medicine, general cardiology, heart failure, medical ICU, cardiovascular ICU, and palliative care.


Do residents participate in medical emergencies such as code blues?

Yes, medical emergency training is a longitudinal component of the residency program.


Do the residents attend professional conferences throughout the residency year?  

Yes, the pharmacy residents will attend the ASHP Midyear meeting and a regional resident conference.   


Does The Christ Hospital support travel to conferences?  

The Christ Hospital will reimburse the pharmacy residents for travel to the ASHP Midyear meeting and to the regional resident conference.    

What teaching opportunities are available? 

Residents have the option to complete the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program.  This program will provide them with a broad understanding of issues in pharmacy education and opportunities to enhance their teaching skills.  It has been constructed for residents to gain knowledge in educational theory, develop experience in teaching in various instructional settings, and document and reflect upon their teaching activities.  An academic elective is also offered for additional experience in academia. Residents also participate in the precepting of pharmacy students on rotation at The Christ Hospital.


What sort of guidance/mentorship will each resident receive?

Residents are paired with a mentor of their choosing, who serves as an additional go-to person for questions and support, outside of the residency program director.  Key areas focused on include:  guidance on projects, elective rotation selection, time management, professional interpersonal relationships, career opportunities after residency, and any other residency -related issues that may arise.


Will I need an Ohio pharmacy license?  

Yes, you are required to be licensed within 90 days after the start of the residency however licensure is encouraged as soon as possible.   


Does this program participate in the match? 

Yes, we participate in the match.          


When is the application deadline?

Please refer to PhORCAS for application deadline each year. 


How do I submit my application material?   

The Christ Hospital residency program utilizes the PhORCAS system to manage a application materials.  All materials need to be uploaded and submitted through PhORCAS. 


Is an interview required?  What does it consist of?

Yes, an on-site interview is required.  Our interviews typically last about 6 hours and provide the applicant with the opportunity to meet and interact with the program director, preceptors, and current residents.  A brief presentation will be required of each interviewee. 


When will interviews take place?  

Interviews usually take place during the last week of January through the last week of February.  


When does the residency begin and end?  

The Residency is a 12-month commitment and begins in late June, the exact date to be determined each year, and runs through June of the following year.


What is the stipend?

The stipend for the 2023 - 2024 residency year is approximately $51,500.  This is subject to change each year.


Is staffing required?  

The resident is required to staff 20 weekends during the residency year.  This is approximately every other weekend beginning in August with three weekends off.  Staffing consists of working in the central pharmacy and performing both unit dose and IV room responsibilities in addition to clinical consult responsibilities.

How much vacation time is available?

The resident is provided 15 days of vacation/sick time during the year in addition to 4 interview days.    


Will the residency program be showcased at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Yes, the Residency is showcased at the ASHP Midyear Meeting.              


What does it mean that The Christ Hospital is a drug and nicotine free workplace?

Upon hire, all hospital employees must pass a drug and nicotine screen in order to be employed by The Christ Hospital.  


Does The Christ Hospital offer any PGY2 programs?

Yes, we have a PGY2 Cardiology Residency, and a PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency.