Pharmacy Residency | MedStar Union Memorial Hospital | MedStar Health

Pharmacy Residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a 12-month comprehensive program that provides a wide range of clinical experiences designed to equip the resident with the training and skills to pursue his or her future career plans. Our program includes core and longitudinal rotations, longitudinal projects, teaching experience, and research opportunities.

Residents are mentored by resident advisors with assistance from the Residency Program Coordinator, Residency Program Director, and lead pharmacists for each longitudinal project.

Why train here

The program offers diverse clinical experiences to accommodate a wide range of interests. An optional teaching certificate program is available through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. The program offers a systemwide approach with MedStar Health as a 10-hospital system in addition to focusing on individual site requirements and implementation of initiatives while benefiting from the support of a larger health system.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are deeply committed to equity for all people and communities and for creating a diverse and inclusive workplace with a sense of belonging and pride in our accomplishments. We celebrate the individuality that our preceptors, residents and staff bring to our pharmacy department and continue to seek multidimensional perspectives to help enhance patient care. We understand that diversity in pharmacy helps to enrich the culture of the department so that every staff member feels appreciated, understood, respected, connected, and valued. It’s how we treat people.

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Program goals

Individuals who complete this program will be expected to be able to:

  • Practice in a professional and ethical manner, and exhibit accountability for personal excellence in the provision of patient care in various settings.
  • Provide patient care through direct interaction with interdisciplinary teams and maintain accountability for drug therapy outcomes.
  • Develop and implement systems/processes or clinical guidelines to improve the medication use process.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Perform practice-related research.
  • Provide education to patients and other healthcare providers regarding optimal pharmacotherapy.


PGY1 Program Purpose Statement:

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Residents will master formal case presentations with a detailed assessment and plan for complex patients. They will further acquire leadership opportunities in working with a primary committee and functioning as chief resident.

The resident will also get to hone critical evaluation skills by analyzing literature and guideline recommendations and applying this to patient cases and formulary management.


All residents will begin the residency year with a three-month orientation period which will cover clinical monitoring, order verification and introduction to pharmacy operations, and antimicrobial stewardship

Subsequent rotations are conducted in four-week blocks. Exceptions include longitudinal rotations in the Medication Management Clinic, Order Verification and Clinical Monitoring, Drug Utilization/Research, and Leadership


  • Order Verification and Pharmacy Operations

  • Clinical Monitoring

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

Core Block Rotations (4 weeks per experience)


  • Critical Care

  • Advanced Cardiac Support (ACS)

  • Hospitalist

  • Internal Medicine

  • Pharmacy Administration and Practice Management

  • Transitions of Care

Longitudinal Rotations


  • Order Verification and Clinical Monitoring: 10 months

  • Drug Utilization/Research: 10 months

  • Medication Management Clinic: 10 months

  • Leadership: 10 months

  • Ambulatory Care: 3 months (May only pick 1 clinic setting)

    • Outpatient Palliative Care Telemedicine

    • Infectious Disease Clinic

    • Geriatrics Clinic

    • Heart Failure Clinic

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

  • Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Geriatrics

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Pharmacy Informatics

  • Medication Safety

  • Palliative Care

  • Ambulatory Care

  • Additional rotations in any of the core rotations

  • Off-site rotations     


  • Health insurance (including dental and vision) is provided to all residents and dependents at the same cost as for full-time employees.

  • Associates 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 

  • Free parking, fitness center (onsite), 403(B) participation, zen garden, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) facility participation


  • $55,000 

Staffing Requirements

  • Weekday Staffing

    • One full 8-hour staffing shift (with meal break) every 2 weeks; rotating between the different pharmacy shifts

  • Weekend Staffing

    • 8-hour shift on Saturday and Sunday every third weekend completing Order Verification or Clinical Monitoring

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.**

Application process

Interested in applying?

Contact information

Allison Chilipko:

Tiffany Vu:

201 E University Pkwy

Baltimore, MD 21218

+1 410-554-2555