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Residency requirements

As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident in a clinic setting, you will provide quality pharmaceutical care defined as being responsible for assuring the provision of safe, efficacious and cost-effective drug therapy for all patients. The clinical pharmacist works in a multidisciplinary practice and collaborates with all team members utilizing a collaborative practice based care team model. The pharmacist provides face-to-face and one-on-one phone based disease management with patients. The pharmacist will utilize integrated and routine communication with all healthcare professionals and the patients concerning medical care and quality of life with the emphasis placed on the monitoring and documentation of specific pharmacotherapy outcomes. They are responsible for Medication Therapy Disease Management (MTDM) activities related to anticoagulation therapy, diabetes, insulin pump management, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, heart failure, osteoporosis, etc. The clinical pharmacist will consult with the patient to identify, resolve and prevent medication related problems. The clinical pharmacist assesses each of the patient’s medications for indication, effectiveness, safety and adherence issues and orders lab tests in the assessment process. The clinical pharmacist will follow up with the patient to titrate/manage/monitor the patient’s medication therapy to ensure positive outcomes. Performs operational/clinical functions or projects as assigned; meets the qualifications to provide care for patients in the specific age range on their assigned clinical area.

Required core experiences

  • Anticoagulation
  • Primary care
    • Residents will be expected to establish a patient panel and care for patients over time
    • Disease states include: anticoagulation, asthma, COPD, diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart failure, hypertension, osteoporosis, smoking cessation 
  • Pain management
  • Telehealth
  • Internal medicine

Required longitudinal experiences

  • Primary care
  • Drug information and healthcare education
  • Pharmacy staffing
  • Pharmacy administration and medication safety
  • Research project
  • Self-assessment and personal performance improvement
  • Wilkes Precepting and Learning Program (PLP) in association with Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

Elective learning experiences

  • Ambulatory care-oncology
  • Ambulatory care-neurology
  • Ambulatory care-gastroenterology/hepatology
  • Ambulatory care-rheumatology

Program requirements

  • Poster presentation of medication use evaluation or research project at ASHP Midyear meeting and platform presentation of major research project at Eastern States
  • Ambulatory clinical pharmacy presentations monthly via Skype and quarterly at regional meetings
  • Active participation in medical home and provider meetings at primary sites, educational pearls at weekly huddles


  • A competitive annual stipend (including excellent health benefits package and paid time off)
  • Paid administrative leave and travel for educational meetings


For additional information, contact:
Michael Kachmarsky, PharmD, BCACP
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Geisinger Mt. Pleasant Clinic
531 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Scranton, PA 18503