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The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a twelve-month PGY1 program designed and structured to provide the organized health care practice community and the pharmacy profession with knowledgeable, creative, and resourceful practitioners who can provide direct patient care services in an institutional practice environment. It supplements an academic pharmacy education and provides the opportunity and necessary stimulus for graduate pharmacists to develop their knowledge and expertise in the provision of pharmaceutical care. The program is designed to accommodate the training needs of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree graduate.


Applicants must be Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy; be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia; and possess requisite patient care training or experience. Pharmacy residents must acquire and maintain a valid license to practice pharmacy in Virginia. The successful applicant must possess exceptional knowledge, communication skills, and leadership qualities.


  • To develop skills and competency in the pharmacy practice areas of acute patient care, drug information and drug use policy development, ambulatory patient care, and health-system pharmacy management.
  • To provide a flexible program, developed from required, selective and elective rotations, and designed to enhance the resident's proficiency in providing pharmaceutical care.
  • To refine teaching skills in didactic and experiential training of Doctor of Pharmacy students.
  • To provide a foundation for additional training in a PGY2 residency.


The program is comprised of required, selective and elective rotations. The rotations are generally five weeks in duration; however, the Administration rotation is a combined partial-block and longitudinal rotation to provide the equivalent of five weeks. The selective rotation is based on the resident's prior APPE experiences, and is reviewed with the resident prior to the beginning of the program. The elective rotations are based on the resident's professional interests. The operations/staffing experience is a longitudinal rotation.

Adult Internal Medicine Practice
Critical Care Practice
Departmental Administration and Leadership
Drug Information and Drug Policy Development
Primary Care Clinic

Psychiatry Pharmacy Practice (Adult or Pediatric)
Pediatrics/Neonatal Pharmacy Practice

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Practice
Bone Marrow Transplant Pharmacy
Cardiac Surgery ICU Pharmacy Practice
Cardiology Pharmacy Practice
Clinical Toxicology Practice
Digestive Health Medicine Practice
Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice
Medical Respiratory ICU Pharmacy Practice
Neuroscience ICU Pharmacy Practice
Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Pharmacy Informatics
Primary Care Clinic Practice
Solid Organ Transplant Practice
Surgery/Trauma ICU Pharmacy Practice
[and Required and Selective Rotations listed above]


PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents have opportunities to provide didactic instruction (e.g., lectures, case conferences) and experiential training (e.g., IPPEs, APPEs) for Doctor of Pharmacy students from the School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University. Residents may participate in an elective teaching certificate program. Each resident is responsible for initiating and successfully completing a project, with presentation at a regional residency conference.


A PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident who desires to pursue a PGY2 specialized residency at VCU Health Systems has two options. The resident may express his or her interest in the Fall of the PGY1 residency and initiate the process for securing a PGY2 residency position through early commitment. If the applicant is an acceptable candidate, the pharmacy practice resident will generally be offered the PGY2 residency position in November with several days to accept or decline the offer, prior to the ASHP/NMS PGY2 early commitment deadline. If a Pharmacy Practice resident indicates an interest in a PGY2 residency position after the early commitment deadline, she or he may apply through the usual PGY2 residency application process by following the pertinent deadlines and participating in PhORCAS and the respective PGY2 match.


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists first accredited the Pharmacy Practice Residency as the hospital pharmacy residency in 1972; then as the clinical pharmacy residency in 1983; and now as the pharmacy practice residency in 1992. This residency participates in the ASHP/NMS PGY1 Matching Program and PhORCAS.


Denise Lowe, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Drug Information Service
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
  BS, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  PharmD, Creighton University
  Residency, University of Virginia Health System
  (Drug Information Practice)

Craig Kirkwood, PharmD
Manager, Pharmacotherapy Services
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
  BS, University of Buffalo
  PharmD, University of Buffalo
  Residency, Buffalo General Hospital
  (Hospital Pharmacy)
  Residency, North Carolina Memorial Hospital
  at UNC (Drug Information Practice)

Rodney L. Stiltner, PharmD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
  PharmD, Mercer University
  MS, University of Wisconsin
  Residency, University of Wisconsin Medical Center
  (Management Pharmacy Practice)


Application is made through the PhORCAS process. For application instructions, please visit the PhORCAS description on the ASHP web site, as well as the application process page on this web site.