PGY1 Experiences

The program begins with a six-week orientation which aims to review department policies and procedures, introduce the computer system, certify residents in ACLS, and introduce key responsibilitites residents will have throughout the year. There are six required rotations and the remainder are elective. Each rotation experience spans one month, with additional longitudinal experiences extending throughout the residency year.

Required Rotations

Required rotations are listed below. These may be completed at any time throughout the year.

  • Pharmacy practice: Introduces the responsibilities and skills of a clinical pharmacist, including orientation policies at NMH, as well as training residents to independently practice in central and satellite pharmacies.
  • Medicine I+II
    Medical ICU
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Drug Information
  • Administration and Leadership


Elective Rotations

At the beginning of the year, residents coordinate preliminary schedules with fellow residents, preceptors and the program director. You must complete a total of 12 rotational experiences, 5 of which will be elective experiences. Certain advanced experiences have prerequisites. The following elective rotations are currently available in our program.

  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Critical Care - Cardiothoracic
  • Critical Care - Neuro/Spine
  • Critical Care - Neonatal
  • Critical Care - Surgery
  • Emergency Department
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • HIV Clinic
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Informatics

Longitudinal Clinic Experiences

Residents will have the opportunity to work longitudinally in one of the following clinics.

  • Medication therapy management
  • Anticoagulation
  • HIV/ID
  • Transplant

Committee Participation

Residents will also participate in two longitudinal committees. One of the committees will be internal, and one will be within a professional organization.

Additional Activities

Participation in both an ASHP Mid-Year and longitudinal research project is required. Residents are also expected and encouraged to participate in journal clubs and case presentations, a weekly seminar series, and both formal and informal teaching of pharmacy clerkship and pre-clerkship students.


Staffing is an integral part of the development of a clinical pharmacist. Residents will staff one evening per week, and every third weekend throughout the residency year.