PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Memorial Hospital West Education

Explore Our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Curriculum

Core Learning Experiences
  • Orientation (3 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (2 weeks)
  • Transitions of Care (2 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Administration and Leadership (3 weeks)
  • Nutrition Support (1 week)
  • Pain Management (4 weeks)
Longitudinal Learning Experiences (12 months)
  • Medication Safety
  • Residency Research
  • Pharmacy Practice - Staffing
  • Clinical Management
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Formal and Informal Teaching and Co-Precepting
  • Cardiac Arrest and Stroke Response Teams
Electives (4 weeks)

Residents may choose two (2) electives:

  • Automation and Information Technology
  • Executive Leadership
  • Malignant Hematology and Cellular Therapy
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Leadership in Medication Safety
  • Neurology and Neurocritical Care
  • Medical Oncology
  • Population Health
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care Infectious Diseases with Focus in HIV/Hepatitis B/C
  • Advanced versions of core rotations can be created upon request
  • Additional elective opportunities within other Memorial Healthcare System sites may be available upon request (e.g., General Pediatrics and Neonatology at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Solid Organ Transplant or Psychiatry at Memorial Regional Hospital, etc.)
Graduation Requirements

As a Pharmacy Resident, you are a full-time employee of the department and will be expected to uphold all district-wide policies and procedures.

Licensure Requirements

Florida Pharmacy Intern License: Residents must have a Florida Intern pharmacy license in order to be able to start the residency program.

Florida Pharmacist License: PGY1 Residents must possess a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy and be eligible for licensure in the state of Florida. Residents are encouraged to complete examination for Florida licensure as pharmacist as early as possible, and they must be licensed as Florida Registered Pharmacist by 90 days from the start of the residency program. Failure to achieve licensure as a Florida Licensed Pharmacist, will result in dismissal from the program.


Residents are required to staff every third weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 8 hour shifts), as well as one 4-hour evening shift per week. Residents are required to contribute to departmental holiday staffing, which is discussed with the residents during Orientation. Staffing opportunities are available in the central pharmacy, on the medical/surgical units, cardiac units, stroke unit, intermediate care units, and Emergency Department. Ninety percent of staffing shifts must be completed in order to meet graduation requirements and attain a residency certificate. Additional staffing opportunities area available and may be customized.

Residency Research

The Memorial Hospital West (MHW) Pharmacy Residency program strives to develop quality research and train our residents in strengthening their research skills. The MHW Pharmacy Residency Research Committee reviews and provides valuable feedback to support research and quality improvement projects that will contribute to the health system, our community and the growing body of medical literature..

Residents will have the opportunity to choose their project from a recommended list that has been reviewed by the Research Committee. With general oversight from the Research Committee, the residents will also work with a research team, which includes the preceptor(s) who recommended the project and potentially physician champions and medical residents. Research requirements to be completed are below.

  • Completion and presentation of a residency research project at a clinical meeting
  • Completion and presentation of a residency research project at a residency conference
  • Completion of a publishable manuscript

Formal Presentations

Residents will have various opportunities to develop and strengthen their public speaking and teaching skills. The MHW residency program incorporates a variety of teaching opportunities with specific goals and that target various audiences.

  • Continuing Education lecture presented to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a local, regional, or state program
  • Grand Rounds patient case (in collaboration with medical resident) presented to pharmacists and medical residents
  • Grand Journal Club presented to pharmacists, residents and students
  • Clinical Case (minimum of two) presented to pharmacists, residents and students

Medication Use Evaluation

Residents will have the opportunity to develop their skills in collecting, analyzing and presenting data for a medication use evaluation (MUE) for the Memorial Healthcare System. The goal of the MUE is to assess the use of a medication across the healthcare system and provide recommendations with impact on patient care, medication use, pharmacy services, cost-containment efforts, amongst other potential initiatives. Residents will be mentored by the Clinical Pharmacy Manager, as well as a preceptor practicing in the area in which the medication being evaluated is most frequently used.

The resident is required to present a completed MUE to all applicable pharmacy and/or multidisciplinary committees.

Drug Monograph or Class Review

Residents will receive an in-depth look into the formulary management process within a healthcare system through the completion of a drug monograph or a formulary class review. Residents will be mentored by the Clinical Pharmacy Manager, as well as a preceptor practicing in the area in which the medication being evaluated is most frequently used.

The resident is required to present a completed product to all applicable pharmacy and/or multidisciplinary committees.


The MHW residency program aims to develop crucial leadership skills and provide opportunities to practice those skills through opportunities listed below.

  • Complete an Administration and Leadership learning experience
  • Residents must create the agenda, lead, and complete minutes for a Clinical Coordinator Pharmacy Committee meeting and/or another assigned healthcare system committee meeting
  • Assume Chief Resident position and complete the duties assigned


One of the required developmental opportunities for our residents is for their teaching and mentorship skills. The MHW residency program incorporates various requirements and offers additional optional experiences to develop these skills.

  • Residents are required to co-precept doctorate of pharmacy students during rotations with the following required activities:
    • Direct instruction (e.g., leading topic discussions)
    • Modeling the role of the pharmacist in the area for which the rotation preceptor serves
    • Coaching the student(s) to participate in the management of patients in the area (i.e., make recommendations to the multidisciplinary team during rounds, call physicians with specific recommendations)
  • Optional Teaching Certificate
  • Optional formal mentorship of longitudinal doctorate of pharmacy students