PGY1 Pharmacy Residency - Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital - Johns Hopkins Medicine
Location: Columbia, Maryland
Howard County General Hospital recognizes the value of pharmacy residency training for individuals seeking a career in the community hospital setting. The pharmacy residency program started in 2012 and offers a variety of opportunities in various areas of pharmacy practice. The PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.
The program aims to develop well-rounded pharmacists dedicated to the profession of pharmacy and skilled in:
The proper management of medications
Evidence-based and patient-centered medication therapy management
Working with other health care professionals in managing patients in an inpatient and outpatient setting
Exercising leadership skills
The ability to manage time and prioritize when given multiple tasks
Providing medication counseling and practice related education
Clinical services provided by the pharmacy department include but are not limited to the following:
pharmacokinetic monitoring of vancomycin and aminoglycosides
inpatient anticoagulation monitoring
monitoring of narrow therapeutic index medications
medication history gathering by pharmacy technicians in emergency department
intravenous to oral medication conversion
patient medication education
renal drug monitoring program
parenteral nutrition support
At the completion of the PGY-1 residency program, residents will become a highly competent and qualified practitioner able to provide care to a wide array of patients. Our program offers the experiences necessary to proceed on to a specialty residency or to begin practicing as a clinical pharmacist.
HCGH is a community hospital providing the unique capability to engage each of our residents in patient care, project management and practice management. The knowledge gained during the residency year will enable residents to be a great resource to other healthcare professionals. The residency program will not only allow advancement of the individual’s clinical skills, but will also provide a setting to develop their maturity, leadership and be able to perform practice related projects.
Projects assigned to residents will include, but are not limited to, a year-long residency project, drug monographs/class reviews, oral and written communication projects, patient education and community outreach, quality improvement projects and participation in various departmental committees. Upon successful completion of the post-graduate Year-1 residency program, the resident will be awarded a residency certificate.
Orientation (8-12 weeks)
Internal Medicine I (4 weeks)
Infectious Diseases I (4 weeks)
Critical Care I (4 weeks)
Administration I (4 weeks)
Internal Medicine II (4 weeks)
Infectious Diseases II (4 weeks)
Critical Care II (4 weeks)
Elective Rotation Options
Internal Medicine III
Infectious Diseases III
Off-Site Rotation (opportunities available at Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Medication Safety and Quality Improvement
Teaching & Education
How to Apply and Application Requirements
Pharm.D. or equivalent experience
Eligibility for Maryland licensure
Experiential education (rotations)
Community service activities
Professional organization involvement
Awards and honors received
3 letters of recommendation
References should complete the reference section in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Traditional letters of reference are not required.
Letter of intent
All components of the application must be uploaded into PhORCAS by the deadline noted in PhORCAS. Late applications will not be considered.
HCGH PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program is unable to sponsor visas at this time.
Resident office with computer and laptop
In-house phone and direct line (Ascom)
Travel and accommodation reimbursement for ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference.
$ 52,582.40 (2021-2022)
Paid Time Off
Residents are allowed two paid holidays, one hospital-recognized summer holiday and one hospital-recognized winter holiday.
Residents are on a probationary period for the first 90 days of employment per our Human Resources policy. After this time period has elapsed, residents accrue paid time off like regular staff members. All paid time off requests must be approved by the current preceptor as well as the residency program director in advance.
Standard Comprehensive Coverage
Pharmacy Residency Staffing
Residents will staff every third weekend rotating between centralized staffing and clinical staffing responsibilities. The staffing component of the residency program will begin with a training period following the orientation month and the go-live is tentatively scheduled for September 1st, beginning with the Labor Day holiday weekend. Residents will gain experience by working the following shift assignments: central pharmacy, decentralized, and evening, as available based on the staffing needs of the department. Outside employment is not permitted while completing a PGY-1 residency at Howard County General Hospital.
All pharmacy staff members are hired with the expectation of staffing holidays and this requirement also applies to pharmacy residents. Residents will be responsible for working one winter holiday (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day) and one summer holiday (Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend). While it depends on the staffing needs of the department, Labor Day weekend is usually set as the go-live for independent pharmacy staffing and the assigned summer holiday in the one-resident model.