Frequently asked questions

What is a PGY1 pharmacy residency program?
Geisinger's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to train and educate pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary contemporary pharmacy practice in organized health-care systems. The residency focuses on total pharmacy practice, including the concepts and philosophies of contemporary pharmaceutical care. The program builds upon practice experience and academic education, and provides the foundation of practice competence. The residency will provide experiences and knowledge that cannot easily be achieved in a staff role, and can give the graduate's career a significant boost. For the more seasoned pharmacist, the residency can accelerate a career move to a higher level of practice.

How is the residency offered at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center?
The residency is a full-time, 12-month program that requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week and is compliance with all ASHP Duty hour requirements. The residency is conducted through the accomplishment of formal learning objectives. The start date is July 1.

What are the staffing requirements?
Pharmacy residents are required to staff the inpatient pharmacy area approximately eight hours per week, with the time allocated between evening and weekend coverage. The work is structured so that the experiences are discussed and assessed against learning objectives. Assignments are made based on skill and experience needs of the resident. We believe that staffing experiences are an important part of meeting the residency goals and objectives, and that the absence of such experiences diminishes the resident's growth and practice maturity in the program.

What is the stipend, and what benefits are included?
The stipend is $47,486 per year. This is paid in two-week intervals and is taxed as salary. Other benefits include an excellent healthcare benefits package and paid time off; and paid administrative leave for educational meetings (ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and Eastern States Residents Conference in April). The resident has dedicated work space with access to a personal computer with all contemporary software. Full internet access is provided, with e-mail services.

What services are provided by the Department of Pharmacy?
The Department of Pharmacy at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center consists of 73 employees, of whom 36 are pharmacists. The department practice model involves integration of distribution and clinical activities at the patient care level supported by centralized distribution, support functions, and management systems. Pharmacists from decentralized locations provide expertise in anticoagulation, nutrition support, pediatrics, internal medicine, critical care medicine, infectious disease, emergency medicine, cardiology, and adult hematology/oncology services. Our pharmacists are involved in drug therapy management, multidisciplinary patient care, pharmacokinetic consultations, anticoagulation consultations, code response, medication utilization and outcome evaluation, and medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff education programs.

What teaching opportunities exist?
Residents participate in a variety of teaching opportunities throughout the residency year and will develop a broad range of teaching skills. As part of the Pharmacy Department, the resident will provide numerous educational programs for a variety of healthcare professionals. These opportunities include presenting formal lectures, providing informal in-services, and precepting undergraduate pharmacy students. In addition, residents are required to prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program, to prepare and present an educational poster at the ASHP Midyear Meeting, and to present a platform presentation at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors. Residents will participate in the Teaching and Learning Curriculum (TLC) program in conjunction with Wilkes University. Residents receive appointments as adjunct faculty at Wilkes University. To learn more about the TLC program, visit

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