PGY1 Pharmacy Curriculum

Pharmacy Residency Program

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

ChristianaCare’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 Residency

ChristianaCare’s PGY-1 Pharmacy 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

  • Ambulatory Care Clinic.
  • Critical Care.
  • Infectious Diseases.
  • Internal Medicine.
  • Pharmacy Operations.
  • Pharmacy Administration.

Core Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Use Policy.

Elective Block Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care – Anticoagulation Clinic.
  • Ambulatory Care – HIV Community Program.
  • Ambulatory Care, Specialty Pharmacy
  • Critical Care-Cardiology.
  • Critical Care – Medical.
  • Critical Care – Neurology.
  • Critical Care – Surgery/Trauma.
  • Emergency Medicine.
  • Geriatrics.
  • Hematology/Oncology.
  • Kidney Transplant.
  • Medication Safety.
  • Neonatology.
  • Non-ICU Heart Failure
  • Nutrition Support.


Residents staff one evening every week and every 2nd or 3rd weekend.