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Pharmacy Residency Program at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital 

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, a community teaching hospital, has areas of excellence in Cardiology and Orthopedics. Since 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has been providing cutting-edge and compassionate care to a diverse mix of communities in Baltimore as well as patients throughout Maryland and many surrounding states.The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

PGY1 Residency 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

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program includes a combination of core and longitudinal experiences to help the resident become competent in providing drug therapy recommendations. Additional experiences focus on developing oral and written communication skills via journal club presentations, topic discussions, case presentations, and continuing education presentations. The residents serve as the leader of an assigned pharmacy committee in addition to participating in and attending other site and system level committees. Teaching experience is gained by precepting pharmacy students at MedStar Union Memorial and participating in teaching assignments at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. For those with interest in academia, an optional teaching certificate program is also available via our relationship with the University of Maryland.

Off-site Residency Practice Location

Given shared pharmacy leadership for MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, residents will be able to complete rotations at MedStar Good Samaritan. MedStar Good Samaritan is a small community, teaching hospital located approximately 5 miles from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. MedStar Good Samaritan has a more ambulatory focus with inpatient rehabilitation services, CHF clinic, and geriatrics clinic. Residents will spend >75% of their residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.



  • Order Entry and Pharmacy Operations 
  • Kinetics and Clinical Orientation

Core Block Rotations (4 weeks per experience)


  • Critical Care
  • Advanced Cardiac Support (ACS)
  • Hospitalist Medicine Rounds
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Administration and Practice Management
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Orthopedic/Transitions of Care/Pain Management

Longitudinal Rotations


  • Order Entry (Staffing Requirement): 9 months
  • Kinetics: 9 months
  • Drug Utilization/Research: 9 months
  • Medication Management Clinic: 9 months
  • Leadership: 9 months
  • Ambulatory Care: 3 months (May only pick 1 clinic setting)
    • Outpatient Telemedicine Palliative Care
    • Infectious Disease Clinic
    • Geriatrics Clinic
    • Heart Failure Clinic

Elective Rotations (4 weeks per experience, residents may choose 3 electives)

  • Cardiac Surgery: Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) and Cardiovascular Step Down (CVSD) MDR 
  • Geriatrics
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Pharmacy Informatics 
  • Medication Safety 
  • Palliative Care 
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Additional rotations in any of the core rotations
  • Off-site rotations x2 


  • Health insurance (including dental and vision) is provided to all house staff and dependents at the same cost as for full-time employees.
  • House staff receive paid time off (PTO), legal holidays for major and minor holidays, and personal time through an accrual process similar to any full-time associate. 
  • Conference time  is used for attending the ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Residency Conference. 
  • Free parking, fitness center (onsite), 403(B) participation

Staffing Requirements

  • 4 PM-8:30 PM (with meal break) – 2 weeks/month
  • 1 full 8-hour staffing shift (with meal break) once per month 

All training appointment agreements are binding for one year from the start of the residency and contingent upon receipt of verification of graduation from pharmacy school. 

**Residents are strongly encouraged to be fully licensed as soon as possible after graduation.**