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The Inova Fairfax Medical Campus PGY1 pharmacy residency program has been ASHP accredited since 1990. Our post-graduate training program is designed to prepare pharmacists to pursue a clinical pharmacy career in a health system environment. Our residents have gone on to become patient care clinical pharmacists in a hospital setting or have gone on to matriculate into a PGY2 residency training program in their area of choice.

The primary emphasis of the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program is to build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and promote the development of key practice skills that will grow our trainees into confident, competent clinical pharmacy clinicians. PGY1 pharmacy residency programs focus on general competencies in managing medication-use systems and support optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with a broad range of disease states. Our site allows opportunities in a number of various specialty areas such as critical care, cardiology, pediatrics, oncology and organ transplant.

Residents will also be given the opportunity to develop and enhance their practice management and leadership skills through focused departmental responsibilities.


I. Orientation & Pharmacist Training

  • 1 month (July)
  • Comprehensive overview of distributive and clinical services provided by the Department of Pharmacy
  • Computer training
  • Resident lecture series

II. Clinical Rotations

Residents will be exposed to a wide variety of required and elective experiences as well as longitudinal experiences that last the duration of residency. The schedule will be determined by the resident and the residency program director during the orientation period but can always be subject to change.



Decentralized Acute Care Operations Cardiology (CICU)
Adult Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Adult Hematology/Oncology
Adult Critical Care ( 1 required):
  • Medical ICU
  • Trauma ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
Pediatric Critical Care:
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
Pediatrics Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Emergency Medicine

Practice Management Ambulatory Care

Solid Organ Transplant:

  • Heart/Lung
  • Abdominal

III. Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • Routine frontline pharmacist staffing
  • Participation in clinical-on-call (COC) program (~every 6th week)

IV. Practice Management

  • Dedicated rotation and longitudinal experience
  • Committee participation, including Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P & T)
  • Exposure to:
    • Pharmacy Informatics
    • Drug Policy
    • Medication Safety

Additional Activities for PGY-1 Program

I. Presentations

  1. Journal Club
  2. Case Presentation
  3. ACPE-accredited Continuing Education Seminar

II. Projects

  1. Residency Research Project
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Conference
    • Platform presentation at a regional residency conference
    • Manuscript submission to a peer-reviewed journal
  2. Drug Formulary Review
  3. Medical Use Evaluation
    • Presentation to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee

III. Teaching Opportunities

  1. Precept advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs)
  2. Participation in VCU School of Pharmacy Foundations Course (i.e., skills lab)
  3. Enrollment in a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program (optional)

IV. Conferences

  • ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (December)
  • Regional residency conference (April-May)

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

How to Apply

Apply to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program


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Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Award

Inova's pharmacy medication team has been recognized for successful implementation of error-reduction strategies around insulin administration. The ISMP Cheers Awards honor work that is setting a standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events.

The pharmacy medication team collaborated with other disciplines to implement error-reduction strategies, including restricting regular insulin to the IV route, requiring regular insulin prescribing via order sets with dosing limits, linking orders for IV push regular insulin to ensure dispensing of an appropriate needleless luer lock insulin syringe, and including an image of the appropriate syringe to be used for administration in the medication administration record. Learn More