PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


PGY1 Pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. A graduate of the PGY1 Pharmacy residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) will be a competent and confident generalist pharmacist. The resident will accept responsibility for patient safety, optimal patient outcomes, and be accountable for all aspects of the medication use process. The resident will develop written and verbal communication skills, serving as an effective interdisciplinary team member, and educator.

Program Description

The PGY1 Pharmacy residency at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) consists of 12 months of general training and experience. The PGY1 Pharmacy residency program has been accredited since 2007, and its goals, objectives and evaluation procedures are established to be consistent with ASHP standards. The program allows sufficient flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual resident, yet provides the basic foundation to develop professional practice skills.

Throughout the year, the resident will gain the following skills:

  • Provide competent patient care throughout all aspects of the health system focusing on safety, efficacy, and economy
  • Serve as the drug expert on an interdisciplinary health care team
  • Effectively teach health care practitioners, students, and the community about drug therapy
  • Become a competent written and verbal communicator
  • Apply critical thinking and evaluative skills to solving practice-related problems
  • Enhance drug information skills, focusing on evidence-based medicine
  • Improve self-evaluation and increase confidence level
  • Develop skills to become a leader in the pharmacy profession and understand the need for continual professional development

PGY1 Pharmacy Curriculum

Required rotations:

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II 
  • Critical Care - MICU 
  • Ambulatory Care (4-8 weeks)
  • Practice Management/Drug Use Policy
  • Pediatrics 
  • Integrated Practice

Elective rotations:

  • Any of the required rotations, plus
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Department
  • Family Medicine Inpatient
  • Hospitalist Medicine (6th floor)
  • Internal Medicine Clinic
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Oncology (10th floor)
  • Operations
  • Project
  • Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU)
  • Stroke/Step Down Unit (7th floor)
  • Surgery (2nd floor)
  • Teaching/Academia

Education and Teaching

  • Co-precepting 4th year pharmacy students
  • Evaluating Education forum – moderating and evaluating monthly student session
  • Didactic presentations during education forum and Internal Medicine/Family Medicine noon conferences
  • Inservices to pharmacy, medical and nursing staff
  • Optional Teaching and Learning Curriculum available in conjunction with Campbell University School of Pharmacy


  • 1 original research project is required
  • Data presented at Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPS)
  • Manuscript preparation and submission for publication to a peer reviewed journal/publication

Service Component

  • Inpatient centralized and decentralized - every other weekend during orientation, then every 3rd weekend, and 1 major holiday   
  • Service on hospital and department of pharmacy committees (i.e.- P&T committee, Resuscitation, Informatics, Direct Patient Care Practice Council, etc)
  • Discharge Transitions of Care (8 hours/month)

Community Outreach

  • All pharmacy residents will coordinate two community outreach events annually


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

  • Regional Residency Conference - Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPS)