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Frequently asked questions

What is a PGY1 pharmacy residency program?
Geisinger’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency trains pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary contemporary pharmacy practice in organized healthcare systems. The residency will provide experiences and knowledge that can give your 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 Pharmacy Residency structured at Geisinger Wyoming Valley?
The Pharmacy Residency is a full-time, 12-month program that requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week and is compliant with all American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) duty hour requirements. The start date is June 17.

What are the staffing requirements?
Pharmacy residents are required to staff the inpatient pharmacy area for 16 hours every other weekend. Residents are offered a compensation day, free of duty, once a month. Evening staffing occurs twice a month. Each experience will provide four supplemental hours for skill development. Assignments are made based on your skills and the experiences you need to expand your knowledge and meet your goals for the residency.

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 package and paid time off. You’ll also receive paid administrative leave for educational meetings (the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and Eastern States Residents Conference in May). You’ll also have a dedicated workspace with access to a personal computer with all contemporary software.

What services are provided by the Department of Pharmacy?
The Department of Pharmacy at Geisinger Wyoming Valley includes about 86 employees, of whom 43 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.

What teaching opportunities exist?
As our pharmacy resident, you’ll have a variety of teaching opportunities and will develop a range of teaching skills. As part of the Pharmacy Department, you’ll provide educational programs for fellow healthcare professionals. These opportunities include presenting formal lectures, providing informal in-services and precepting undergraduate pharmacy students. You’ll also be required to prepare and present an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (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. You'll have the opportunity to participate in the precepting and learning curriculum program in conjunction with Wilkes University, thereby receiving an appointment as adjunct faculty there.

What interview changes will be implemented due to the pandemic?
Due to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, all interviews will be completed virtually. There will be no on-site interviews for the 2023–2024 recruitment season, but we hope to offer an optional campus tour to those interviewed with proof of COVID vaccination.

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