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Inova Mount Vernon PGY-1 Pharmacy 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


All new residents are expected to attend a formal orientation program during the first 6-8 weeks of the new residency year. The orientation program covers the following aspects: Inova Health System orientation, general computer training, hospital orientation, pharmacy operation and training.

Clinical Rotations (typically 5 weeks in duration)

Core Rotations

  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medication Safety
  • Administration
  • Emergency Medicine

Elective Rotations

  • Internal Medicine II
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • OR Pharmacy
  • Cardiology

Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • Routine staffing is performed monthly (32 hours per month)
  • Residents are required to be available for staffing six days over Christmas or New Year's holiday
  • Participation in Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and Inova Health System committees (P&T Committee, Clinical Pharmacy Team, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Medication Safety, Critical Care Committee, Readmissions Committee, Stroke Team)

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 (as required)
  • 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 Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Develop and conduct a medication use evaluation with final presentation of results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

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.

How to Apply

Apply to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital