Nationally Recognized Curriculum

Pharmacy Residency Program

Christiana Care has been a top-rated academic medical center for more than a century. Our residents and fellows experience a rigorous and rewarding combination of academic training and hands-on experience.

Christiana Care’s Pharmacy Residency Program offers residents the flexibility to pursue career goals in a patient-centered environment that values mentorship and encourages academic research.

Residents have the opportunity to:

  • Develop drug treatment plans and monitor drug therapy through team rounds and direct patient contact.
  • Participate in either clinical or administrative research by developing protocols, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing results for publication.
  • Receive orientation to investigational drug studies in progress within the institution.
  • Develop teaching skills by presenting at in-services and giving formal lectures to health care professionals, by conducting patient consultations, and by assisting in the precepting of pharmacy students.
  • Pursue expanded roles as pharmacy practitioners in ambulatory care (PGY-1 only), internal medicine (PGY-1 only), critical care, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, geriatrics, cardiology, infectious diseases, etc.
  • Gain experience in the administrative aspects of a teaching hospital with a large, decentralized pharmacy department, including contracting, personnel management and development of policy and procedures.
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement programs and medication improvement initiatives.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice

Christiana Care’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program prepares residents to be effective pharmacists and pursue subspecialty or fellowship opportunities.

Some highlights of the program:

  • Residents gain an advanced level of practical training and experience.
  • Core curriculum that focuses on developing competency in acute and ambulatory patient care, drug information, drug use policy-making, and practice management.
  • A flexible schedule of required and elective rotations enhances proficiency to provide expert pharmaceutical care.
  • A strong academic approach combined with “hands on” learning builds skill and fosters confidence.

Schedule of Rotations PGY-1

Core Block Rotations (four weeks each)

  • Pharmacy Operations.
  • Internal Medicine (Team).
  • Internal Medicine (Integrated Practice).
  • Critical Care (Trauma Service or Medical Intensive Care).
  • Pharmacy Administration.
  • Oncology.
  • Amburlatory Care Clinic.

Core Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Use Policy.
  • Ambulatory Care Home Care.
  • Ambulatory Care HIV Clinic.
  • Integrated Practice.

Elective Block Rotations (four weeks each)

  • Critical Care-Cardiology.
  • Emergency Medicine.
  • Hematology/Oncology.
  • Geriatrics.
  • Nutrition Support.
  • Neonatology.
  • Drug Use Policy.
  • Ambulatory Care – Adult Medicine Office.
  • Ambulatory Care – HIV Community Program.
  • Transplantation.
  • Medication Safety.
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship.
  • Infectious Diseases.

In addition to these therapeutic areas, residents may choose to repeat a core rotation as an elective. Required rotations may be repeated once as an elective, if approved by the program director. 

PGY-2 Critical Care

Christiana Care Health System PGY-2 pharmacy residency in critical care equips residents to care for critically ill patients in a variety of sub-specialties as well as shape the future of our profession by serving as mentors and preceptors.

Some highlights:

  • Residents work alongside preceptors with advanced training in critical care, as well as other specialties, such as Infectious Diseases and Hematology/Oncology.
  • Experience working across a variety of practice areas, such as the Medical Intensive Care Unit, the Surgical Critical Care Complex, the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department.
  • Residents precept Pharm.D., candidates, serve as a mentor and chief resident for the PGY-1 pharmacy residents, and participate in various committees.
  • Our program is affiliated with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Schedule of Rotations PGY-2

Core Block Rotations (eight weeks each unless otherwise noted)

  • Medical Intensive Care.
  • Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care.
  • Cardiac Intensive Care.
  • Emergency Medicine.
  • Infectious Diseases – Consult Service or Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks).
  • Nutrition Support (3-4 weeks).

Core Longitudinal Rotations

  • Nutrition Support.
  • Weekend Clinical Service.

Elective Block Rotations (four weeks each)

  • Neonatal Intensive Care.
  • Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care.
  • Kidney Transplantation.
  • Oncology/Hematology.
  • Neuro Intensive Care.

In addition to these therapeutic areas, residents may choose to repeat a core rotation as an elective. Required rotations may be repeated once as an elective, if approved by the program director.