Mercy Health – St. Rita’s is a level II trauma facility. St. Rita’s provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient care. St. Rita’s offers a maternity center, acute inpatient rehabilitation, congestive heart failure clinic, cardiac rehab , diabetes clinic, women’s wellness center and an oncology center. Pharmacy services include decentralized clinical pharmacists, specialized critical care and emergency medicine pharmacists, retail pharmacy and outpatient anticoagulation management services. With a modern facility, St. Rita’s takes a leadership role in providing quality care and community development.
Our mission is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities while bringing good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved. Pharmacy works towards this mission by providing excellent care to all patients with the goal of achieving the best medication-related outcomes possible.
PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Residents obtain experience in a wide variety of practice settings under the guidance of experienced and caring preceptors. Monthly rotations include core rotations along with a wide variety of elective options allowing the resident to explore individual interests. Residents gain valuable experience through the design and execution of their residency research project, longitudinal committee and leadership activities, staffing, drug information activities. Residents may participate in a teaching certificate program through Ohio Northern University as well as teach and mentor pharmacy students, medical students and residents and other healthcare professionals during the residency.
Our educational philosophy is residents learn more from doing than from seeing or hearing. This program is designed to facilitate growth in clinical practice and will focus on communication, critical assessment, teaching, and leadership in team-based care and quality improvement projects. Upon completion, the resident will have the necessary skills to function as an independent, competent pharmacy practitioner with the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams and diverse patient populations.
Rotation & Curriculum
Required learning experiences (1 month):
Advanced Internal Medicine I
Intro to Ambulatory Care
Required longitudinal learning experiences:
Practice Management (6 months)
Medication Safety (6 months)
Elective learning experiences (1 month):
Repeat of any required rotation
Transitions of Care
Elective longitudinal learning experiences:
Teaching Certificate through Ohio Northern University
Eligibility for benefits starts on July 1. A comprehensive benefits package includes:
Health-care coverage at a nominal cost
Conference days (attendance to conference is not part of paid time off)
Travel and meeting expenses are built into resident stipend
Resident office space with computer
BLS/ACLS certification training
Teaching Certificate: Ohio Northern University
Paid time off:
80 hours of paid time off
7 holidays with paid day off
Up to 3 days with pay for PGY2 or position interview
Not required for on-call schedule; limited on-call hours available to resident if interested
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
Eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio
Applicants should submit the following materials through PhORCAS:
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Letter of intent (must include: your current practice interests, why you are interested in pursuing a residency, and examples of what you hope to accomplish)
Official college of pharmacy transcript
Three (3) references using the PhORCAS standardized form
Match Program Information
Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center
Match Number: 142613
About Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center PGY1
Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center is a 424 bed, Level II trauma center located in Lima, Ohio. Since 1918, St. Rita's has been the top choice for medical care in the 10-country area we serve. As the largest healthcare provider and largest employer in our region, St. Rita's cares for nearly 200,000 patients each year. St. Rita's is a part of Bon Secours Mercy Health.
Our high quality comprehensive services include heart and vascular institute, cancer center, neuroscience institute, orthopaedics, trauma and emergency, outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine, special care for mothers and babies, pediatrics, sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation, men's and women's wellness, podiatric medicine and surgery, weight management, behavioral health services, home healthcare and hospice. Mercy Health has been named by IBM Watson Health as one of the highest performing Top 100 Hospitals in the nation for 2018. St. Rita's was also named a 2018 Everest Award winner, an honor given to only 13 hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years. Additionally, St. Rita's was given an "A" in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade and was chosen as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work for 2017.