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 Medical Center?
The residency is a full-time, 12-month program that is conducted through the accomplishment of formal learning objectives and activities. The start date is July 1. Vacation and sick leave are provided as part of a comprehensive benefits package.

What are the staffing requirements?
Pharmacy residents participate in staffing activities approximately every third weekend. The staffing learning experience fosters the achievement of the residency goals outlined by the American Society for Health System Pharmacists. Staffing promotes the resident's growth and professional practice maturity.

What is the stipend, and what benefits are included?

The stipend is $47,476 per year. This is paid in two-week intervals and is taxed as salary. Other benefits include an excellent healthcare benefits package, paid time off; and paid administrative leave for educational meetings (ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and Eastern States Residents Conference in May). The resident has dedicated work space with access to a personal computer, wireless touch screen rounding computer and personal i-pad. Full internet access is provided, with e-mail services.

What clinical services does your program provide to your patients?

Currently, we have pharmacists practicing in anticoagulation management, cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, heart failure transitions of care, hematology, internal medicine, infectious disease, neonatal intensive care, medication therapy disease state management, nephrology, neurology, nutrition support, oncology, pain management, pediatrics, pediatric critical care, trauma and transplant services. Our pharmacists are involved in drug therapy management; multidisciplinary patient care; decentralized pharmacy practice; pharmacokinetic consultations; adult code team and stroke response; medication utilization and outcome evaluation; and medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff education programs.

What are some useful links related to the program?