Frequently asked questions
How is the PGY1 Geisinger Medical Center Pharmacy Residency designed to meet my individual career aspirations?
Each PGY1 pharmacy resident completes all core learning experiences. You select your elective learning experiences to meet your career goals. Experiences are sequenced to facilitate goal achievement. You’re free to change elective selections throughout the year as you discover new areas of interest. You can design acute care and ambulatory care-focused curricula based on your unique goals and aspirations. This program will provide you with many opportunities to promote professional development and self-discovery. The residency director will work closely with you to ensure your year is a success.
What is a PGY1 pharmacy residency program?
Geisinger's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is designed to train and educate pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary pharmacy practice in organized healthcare 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 you with experiences and knowledge that cannot easily be achieved in a staff role and can give your career a significant boost. For the more seasoned pharmacist, your 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, approximately 12-month program conducted in accordance with American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) duty hour requirements through the accomplishment of formal learning objectives and activities. The start date is Monday, June 19, 2023.
What are the staffing requirements?
As a pharmacy resident, you’ll participate in staffing activities approximately every other weekend in addition to a four-hour shift one evening per week. This staffing learning experience fosters the achievement of the residency goals outlined by ASHP. Staffing promotes growth and professional practice maturity for residents.
What is the stipend and what benefits are included?
The stipend is $47,476 per year. This is paid in two-week intervals and 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 and Eastern States Residents Conference). You’ll have a dedicated workspace with access to a personal computer.
What clinical services does your program provide to patients?
Our pharmacists currently practice in anticoagulation management, bone marrow transplant, cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, heart failure transitions of care, hematology, hepatology, family medicine, internal medicine, infectious diseases, neonatal intensive care, medication therapy disease state management, nephrology, nutrition support, oncology, pain management, pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, pediatric hematology and oncology, rheumatology, and trauma services. Our pharmacists are involved in anticoagulation consultations; drug therapy management; multidisciplinary patient care; decentralized pharmacy practice; pharmacokinetic consultations; adult code team, stroke and sepsis response; medication utilization and outcome evaluation; as well as medical, nursing and pharmacy staff education programs.