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Residency Program Overview

Virginia licensure

  • Candidates must be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia
  • Candidates must be licensed in the state of Virginia as pharmacists by July 1 of the incoming residency year


  • Pharmacy orientation including computer training and clinical on-call training
  • Orientation lecture series

Clinical rotations (typically 5 weeks in duration)

  • Adult internal medicine
  • Adult critical care (cardiovascular, medical/surgical, trauma)
  • Ambulatory care
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Emergency medicine
  • Adult hematology/oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Organ transplant
  • Pediatric ICU

Practice management rotation and longitudinal experience

  • Leadership discussion series
  • Participation on Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee

Pharmacy practice experience

  • Routine staffing is performed monthly (32 hours per month)
  • Residents are required to staff six days over Christmas or New Year's holiday)

Clinical-on-call (COC)

  • Residents are required to rotate through the COC rotation (1 full week per month)

Oral presentations

  • Case presentation
  • Journal club presentations
  • Poster presentation at ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting
  • Formal presentation to report results of major residency project at the Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Formal ACPE-accredited seminar 

Major residency project

  • Develop project proposal with submission to IRB
  • Presentation of research results at Eastern States Residency Conference

Site visitation

  • ASHP headquarters (if available)


  • ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Residency Showcase
  • Eastern States Residency Conference

Manuscript development

  • Primary authorship of a manuscript submission for publication to a peer-reviewed journal

Formulary review and medication use evaluation

  • One new drug formulary review with presentation to hospital-wide Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Develop and conduct a medication use evaluation with final presentation of results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

Teaching opportunities

  • Precept advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs)
  • Participate in VCU School of Pharmacy Foundations course
  • Optional participation in VCU residency teaching certificate program