The 12-month PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, campuses of CJW Medical Center, offers personalized instruction in all aspects of medication management. Opportunities for teaching, travel, extensive networking, and learning advanced automated pharmaceutical dispensing technology are also available. Flexible, individualized rotations are based at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, but electives may be taken at other facilities in the HCA network.

Mission statement

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at CJW Medical Center is a one-year training program for pharmacists designed to provide personalized instruction in all aspects of medication management. Through rigorous training in all aspects of medication usage, as well as verbal and written communication, this residency offers the opportunity to apply patient management skills in an environment that allows graduates to practice pharmacy with the highest integrity and service to their patients. The residency also follows the CJW Medical Center’s Mission Statement: to provide high quality and compassionate patient-centered healthcare.

Eligibility and application

We participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, or PhORCAS. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Completed application submitted to PhORCAS prior to January 24, 2017, and including:
    • Letter of intent
    • Copy of pharmacy school transcripts
    • Three professional references/evaluations submitted via PhORCAS
    • Curriculum vitae
  • If selected, an on-site interview is required for Phase I of the Match. If necessary, an online interview (e.g. Skype) is required for Phase II of the Match.

CJW Medical Center participates in and adheres to the rules set for by the ASHP Resident Matching Program via National Matching Services, Inc.
The following are considered during the selection process:

  • Professional competence based on clinical APPE rotations, as well as work, presentation, research, biomedical writing/publishing and practical experience
  • Collegiate achievements
  • Communication skills represented in the letter of intent, professional references, APPE, academic, and interview performance
  • Leadership potential as indicated by the nature and extent of participation in professional societies, community or public services, and social activities
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Completion of a major research/service project, including but not limited to:
    • Manuscript of project, which must be eligible for journal publishing
    • Poster presentation of project at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Presentation at a regional residency conference
  • Presentation of a pharmacist continuing education seminar
  • Completion of a medication use evaluation
  • Completion of a minimum of four formal journal clubs
  • Completion of a minimum of three journal clubs and three formal case presentations
  • Successfully obtain “Achieved for Residency” a minimum of 80% of all required taught goals/objectives
  • Successfully obtain “Achieved for Residency” for a minimum of 7 sub-objectives in R1.1 (patient care)

Standard rotation length is five weeks, but can be extended upon request and approval.

Required rotations

  • Adult psychiatry or hematology/oncology
  • Critical care (see the critical care rotations in the elective rotations)
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics (including critical care and emergency medicine)
  • Practice management

Longitudinal rotations

  • Clinical management/medication safety
  • Operational pharmacy practice
  • Teaching certificate (elective)

Elective rotations

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • APPE teaching rotation
  • Cardiology critical care
  • Cardiothoracic surgery critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Medical-surgical critical care
  • Neonatal critical care
  • Neuroscience critical care
  • Oncology/hematology
  • Psychiatry: pediatric/adolescent, adults and geriatrics

Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by human resources.

Salary: PGY1: at least $42,000

Duration of appointment: One year, beginning on July 1 of the program year.

Vacation and holiday leave: 10 days of paid time off (PTO) can be taken during rotations throughout the year with prior approval from the rotation preceptor and residency program director. Residents are required to work some holidays.

Sick and family leave: Sick leave is deducted from paid time off (PTO) if available otherwise will be unpaid time off. Residents are expected to notify co-workers, preceptor, and program director as early as possible when illness requires absence.

Educational and professional leave: Nine days are granted for paid professional leave to attend appropriate continuing education or professional programs, travel for job interviews, or visitations to other residency sites or professional practice locations. Requests for professional leave must be submitted to the residency program director. Residents are expected to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting as well as a regional residency conference. Financial assistance is anticipated for travel, meals and lodging expenses for these meetings.

Health benefits: Residents are eligible for health benefits as full-time pharmacist employees of HCA Virginia.

Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under HCA Virginia’s liability insurance policy. This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of HCA Virginia.

Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. Each resident is provided with a phone that is active throughout Richmond and Central Virginia.

Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts.

Parking: Pharmacy residents park free in approved locations at each hospital.

Teaching and Learning Certificate Program

To help resident graduates prepare for educator roles in didactic and experiential settings, residents may choose to complete a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program alongside the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. This program is offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.