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Program Overview: Inova Alexandria Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program


PGY-1 General Residency Requirements

Residents are required to participate in a number of activities throughout the year. These activities are designed to assure compliance with the ASHP accreditation standards. In addition, the residents are expected to:

  • Be professionally committed to the residency program
  • Exhibit professionalism in all aspects of their daily practice
  • Dress in an appropriate and professional manner
  • Wear their Inova Alexandria Hospital employee badge at all times when within the hospital
  • Exhibit professionalism in all aspects of communication
  • Abide by the confidentiality rules and standards set forth by HIPAA
  • Attend functions as outlined by the residency schedule and calendar
  • Fulfill their duty hours as defined by the ASHP accreditation standards for pharmacy residencies

The following specific activities are designed to achieve these outcomes for successful completion of the program:

  • Residents shall participate in the residency orientation and all resident meetings throughout the year
  • Residents shall complete all required and elective rotations
  • Residents shall participate and present in journal clubs, case presentations and ACPE-approved continuing education seminars
  • Residents shall attend the ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting and the Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Residents shall complete a research project designed to improve the services of the pharmacy department and present their findings at the Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Residents shall complete a written manuscript suitable for publication 
  • Residents shall complete a medication use evaluation (MUE)
  • Residents shall complete a Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) formulary monograph
  • Residents shall participate in the teaching of P-4 pharmacy students and are expected to act as role models to future practitioners
  • Residents shall successfully complete ACLS training
  • Residents shall attend all assigned department meetings and activities
  • Residents shall complete all service commitment duties (e.g. longitudinal staffing, P&T Committee and other hospital committee meetings)
  • Residents shall participate in the pharmacy residency program recruitment efforts

Virginia Licensure

  • Candidates must be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia
  • Candidates must provide documentation of licensure in the state of Virginia by July 1 of the incoming residency year


All new residents are expected to attend a formal orientation program during the first 4-6 weeks of the new residency year. The orientation program covers the following aspects:

  • Hospital orientation
  • Health system orientation
  • Pharmacy operation and training
  • General computer training

Clinical Rotations (typically 5 weeks in duration)

Core Rotations

  • Internal medicine
  • Critical care medicine (ICU)
  • Infectious diseases (ID)
  • Medication management and safety
  • Administration

Advanced Elective Rotations

  • Internal medicine II-cardiology 
  • Clinical pharmacy in the community hospital
  • Emergency department

General Elective Rotations

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Oncology
  • Operative room/surgical services
  • Transitions of Care (TOC)

Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • Routine staffing is performed approximately 2 weekends per month
  • Participation in Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova system committees (P&T Committee, Clinical Pharmacy Team Committee, Anticoagulation and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committees)
  • Residency project
  • Drug information
  • Nursing and MD in-services
  • Pharmacist education
  • Student co-precepting
  • Teaching and learning certificate
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Anticoagulation

Clinical-On-Call (COC)

  • Residents are required to rotate through the COC schedule (approximately 1 week of every 3-4 weeks
  • Residents will be supported by the clinical pharmacy specialist on call

Oral Presentations

  • ACPE-approved continuing education presentation
  • Case presentations
  • Journal club presentations

Teaching and Precepting

In collaboration with the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy, the Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) program will allow the resident to participate in a wide variety of activities related to pharmacy education. The focus is to introduce pharmacy residents to the many aspects involved in teaching including both didactic and clinical instruction. Residents will develop their own teaching portfolios and teaching philosophy.

Other teaching opportunities include precepting of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 3 (IPPE3) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 4 (APPE4) rotation students attending VCU School of Pharmacy as well as the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University.


  • Residents are required to develop and complete a research project
  • A completed research project form, formal proposal, completed IRB (if required), oral presentation at the Eastern State Conference and final written manuscript are required for successful completion of the research project