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Residency Program Overview

Howard County General Hospital recognizes the value of pharmacy residency training for individuals seeking a career in the community hospital setting. The pharmacy residency program was initiated in 2012 and offers a variety of opportunities in various areas of pharmacy practice.

Clinical services provided by the pharmacy department include but are not limited to the following:

  • pharmacokinetic monitoring of vancomycin and aminoglycosides
  • inpatient anticoagulation monitoring
  • monitoring of narrow therapeutic index medications
  • medication history gathering by pharmacy technicians in emergency department
  • intravenous to oral medication conversion
  • patient medication education
  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • renal drug monitoring program
  • parenteral nutrition support
  • multidisciplinary rounding
  • drug information

Program Purpose

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.

Program Description

Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) PGY-1 pharmacy residency is committed to the development of a well-rounded pharmacist dedicated to the profession of pharmacy.  At the completion of the PGY-1 residency program, the individual will represent a highly competent and qualified practitioner able to provide care to a wide array of patients.  Our program will provide an individual the experiences necessary to proceed on to a specialty residency or to begin practicing as a clinical pharmacist.  

HCGH is a community hospital providing the unique capability to engage each of our residents in patient care, project management and practice management. The knowledge gained during the residency year will enable residents to be a great resource to other healthcare professionals.  The residency program will not only allow advancement of the individual’s clinical skills, but will also provide a setting to develop their maturity, leadership and be able to perform practice related projects.

The program is designed to be a twelve month post-graduate training experience composed of ten mandatory rotations and two elective rotations, one of which may be an off-site experience.  The goal of our residency program is to train residents in the proper management of medications, provide evidence-based and patient-centered medication therapy management, work with other health care professionals in managing patients in an inpatient and outpatient setting, exercise leadership skills, demonstrate the ability to manage their time and prioritize when given multiple tasks, provide medication counseling and practice related education, and utilize medical references.  

Projects assigned to residents will include, but are not limited to, a year-long residency project, drug monographs/class reviews, oral and written communication projects, patient education and community outreach, quality improvement projects and participation in various departmental committees. Upon successful completion of the post-graduate Year-1 residency program, the resident will be awarded a residency certificate.  

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