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General Information


All AGH residents complete a standard orientation during the first month of their program. The program director will orient residents to the program’s purpose, applicable accreditation standards, designated learning experiences, and evaluation strategy. In addition, residents will be introduced to the various operational areas of the AGH Pharmacy Department and gain experience under the guidance of a full-time staff pharmacist. Residents will also attend a general hospital orientation.


Residency Projects


Various residency-related projects are required throughout the year.  Residents will be provided with numerous opportunities to enhance their verbal and written communication skills in a variety of settings. Residents will provide both formal and informal presentations.  The required formal presentations include:

  • Resident Seminar
  • Research Project Proposal
  • Journal Club
  • Resident-Student Teaching Conference
  • Pharmacist Continuing Education Program
  • Eastern States practice sessions and final presentation

To more fully engage in quality improvement learning activities and to facilitate writing and literature evaluation skills, residents will complete both a formulary (or class) review and a medication-use evaluation. In addition, residents will prepare a manuscript of their research project suitable for contribution to a peer-reviewed journal. Residents will also engage in several less formal case presentations and inservices throughout the year as determined by the rotation preceptors.



Clinical and Administrative On-Call

Pharmacy residents participate in an on-call service, which provides first-hand experience in developing
problem-solving skills through exposure to various clinical and administrative situations. Residents will
participate in a rotating on-call schedule for coverage of these services. Residents will be assigned a preceptor as the “back-up” for any questions or issues. A comprehensive overview of these services will occur during orientation.


Staffing Obligations

To provide residents with model pharmacy practice experience, residents will be assigned staffing duties on a rotating basis, as follows:

Program Obligation
PGY1 Pharmacy 24 hours in a 3-week period
PGY2 Programs 24 hours in a 3-week period
PGY1 Administration 2 shifts (8-hours/shift) per 2-week period
PGY1 Community 2 shifts (8-hour, 4-hour) per 1-week period
PGY2 Ambulatory Care  2 shifts (4-hours/shift) per 1-week period


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