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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042


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.
Required Elective
Adult Internal Medicine Cardiology (CCU)

Adult Critical Care ( 1 required)

  • Medical ICU
  • Trauma ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Neuroscience ICU
Adult Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

Pediatric Critical Care

  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
Pediatrics Emergency Medicine
Practice Management

Ambulatory Care


    Solid Organ Transplant

    • Kidney/Pancreas
    • Heart/Lung

    III. Pharmacy Practice Experience

    • Routine frontline staffing – 1 weeknight per week (decentralized services) and ~ 1 weekend per month (centralized services)
    • 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 a pharmacists by July 1st of the incoming residency year

    How to Apply

    Apply to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program