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About us

Sara Gaines, PharmD, BCPS, program director

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Geisinger Medical Center offers customized residency education to successfully prepare clinical pharmacists to care for patients, innovate, lead, and improve the quality of care as well as the patient experience. Residents are immersed in a collaborative interprofessional culture where clinical pharmacists practice at the top of their license in acute care, ambulatory care, specialty pharmacy and research. Each individual resident’s curriculum is customized to facilitate achievement of their personal and professional goals.

Our goal is to provide each resident an exceptional training experience to foster the development of their professional expertise and competence as a health system pharmacy practitioner. All of the pharmacists at Geisinger Medical Center are committed to delivering the highest quality of patient care and pharmacy education.

Our program is designed to build on doctor of pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, who are eligible for board certification, and who are eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Department of pharmacy
The Geisinger Department of Pharmacy consists of 120 full-time employees, of whom 61 are pharmacists. The pharmacy practice model involves integration of clinical activities at the patient care level supported by centralized distribution, support functions and management systems. Currently, we have pharmacists practicing in anemia management, anticoagulation management, bone marrow transplant, cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, heart failure transitions of care, hematology, hepatology, internal medicine, infectious diseases, 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, stroke and sepsis response; medication utilization and outcome evaluation; and medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff education programs.

Pharmacy students from the following schools of pharmacy complete experiential education rotations at our hospital and clinics as part of their core hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and ambulatory care rotations:

  • University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Creighton University College of Pharmacy
  • Duquesne University Mylan College of Pharmacy
  • D’Youville School of Pharmacy
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy
  • LIU Pharmacy; Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Marshall University School of Pharmacy
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy
  • Temple University School of Pharmacy
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Residency program design

  • Experiences are designed to develop clinical skills and competence
  • Curriculum and areas of emphasis are based on the individual resident's knowledge, skills and career aspirations, with each resident's experience customized to optimize his or her learning
  • Learning experience activities and objectives are designed to build upon past experiences
  • Model pharmacy practitioners with full-time practice and teaching responsibilities serve as preceptors for all learning experiences to facilitate goal achievement
  • Elective learning experiences allow the resident to further pursue interests related to his or her individual career objectives
  • Residents are encouraged to explore areas of interest and engage in all pharmacy activities
  • Teaching, research and scholarly endeavors enhance the professional development of each resident


  • To provide residents with the training and experience to develop professional expertise as a health system pharmacy practitioner
  • To cultivate competent and innovative practitioners who provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services across the continuum of health care
  • To create a foundation for the achievement of a leadership role in the profession
  • To foster the development of professionals who provide effective, dynamic education to patients and health care professionals
  • To support the attainment of professional self-realization
  • To develop practitioners who can create and implement medication policies that ensure rational, cost-effective drug therapy

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