Pharmacy Residency Program | MedStar Georgetown University Hospital | MedStar Health

Pharmacy Residency Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

The purpose of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency program is to prepare new pharmacists for patient care positions in a healthcare system environment, academic faculty positions, or PGY-2 training in their area of choice.

Program Description

  • Number of positions: two
  • Application deadline: submitted by December 29 (Due to National Matching Services website limitations, the application deadline on PhORCAS will show incorrectly as January 3, 2024. Please note that our program’s application deadline is December 29, 2023.)
  • Residency period: July 1 through June 30
  • Estimated stipend: $48,000
  • Interview required: Yes


  • Full reimbursement for major pharmacy conferences: [American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors]

Why train here

Tailored toward residents’ interests

Our program is tailored toward the residents’ interests. Incoming residents have complete autonomy over their required and elective rotation choices. In addition, they have a strong required core rotation schedule.

Small class size

One of the main benefits of our program is that the small size of the residency class enables preceptors to focus solely on residents’ learning and growth throughout each rotation block.

Distinctive elective rotation blocks

The program offers many unique elective rotation opportunities not commonly seen across the nation, such as:

  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Informatics
  • Investigational drug service
  • Medication safety
  • Transplant
  • Antimicrobial Management
  • Palliative Care

Tailored toward growth

Every learning experience is tailored towards residents’ professional growth. The MedStar Georgetown PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program will prepare all resident candidates to be successful at inpatient care and also will sharpen a candidate's skills in research and pharmacy innovation.

Academic excellence

MedStar Georgetown is a 650-bed hospital nationally recognized for exceptional patient care in solid organ transplant, liquid/solid tumors, critical care, orthopedics, and internal medicine. The department of pharmacy is well-integrated into each interdisciplinary medical team, and the overall pharmacy culture is highly progressive.

As a result, residents’ learning experiences become more enriched, because pharmacists are constantly relied upon by each medical team to ensure appropriate medication use and patient safety.

Also, our pharmacy residency program has been accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists since 2006.


  • First month

    During the first month of the program (July), residents go through orientation to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Department of Pharmacy Services.

    Residents learn about the institution, its mission and philosophy, as well as become familiar with the scope of our pharmacy services—distribution process, satellite pharmacy services (critical care, pediatric, oncology and research), and in the operating room.

  • Next 11 months

    The following eleven months will be comprised of clinical and practice management related rotations. The schedule will be developed by the resident and the residency program administrative director during the orientation period but can always be subject to change.

    There are seven required learning experiences with three longitudinal aspects: staffing & drug distribution, management of medical emergency (code response), and antiretroviral inpatient monitoring. There are several elective rotations allow for a diverse or specialized residency experience.


*Any required rotation can be repeated.

Additional requirements and activities

To complement their learning, residents must also participate in the following aspects of our program:

  • Drug distribution/staffing
    • One weeknight per week
    • One weekend per three weeks
    • One major holiday and two minor holidays
  • Preceptorship of PharmD students from affiliated schools of pharmacy
  • Preparation of Drug Monograph for presentation at corporate Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Collaboration with corporate MedStar Health Administrators for special projects and committee meetings
  • Organizing monthly journal club
  • Present two journal club articles during the course of the residency
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training and certification
  • Participation in the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMHSP) Pharmacy or University of Maryland Teaching Certificate Program
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation (DUE)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) continuing education presentation
  • Conferences/meeting attendance:
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (December)
    • Annual Eastern States Residency Conference (April/May)
  • WMHSP Pharmacists Residency Seminars

Training locations

MedStar Georgetown is a world-renowned, not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital located in Northwest Washington, D.C.,

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, D.C., 20007

Application information

Interested in applying?

Contact us

We welcome your questions about our program. For additional information, please contact:

Residency Program Director

Varintorn (Bank) Aramvareekul, CPEL, DPLA, MHSA, MBA, RPh, CPHQ, CSSGB, CPHIMS, PMP, SHIMSS, FACHE
Administrator, Pharmacy Informatics, Medication Safety & Performance Improvement
Director, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Rd, NW,
Bles Building, Office #BG 010,
Washington, D.C. 20007