Post-graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

An in-depth, professional, patient-centered pharmacy training experience where you can develop your professional expertise as a clinical practitioner, as well as the skills required to deliver safe and effective pharmaceutical care.


Mercy Pharmacy Residency Summary

The Mercy Post-graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency is designed to prepare you for:

  • Advanced training in a PGY2 residency specializing in internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, ambulatory care or academia
  • Employment in an urban academic medical center in one of the above areas

As a resident at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, you will be involved in direct patient care and daily rounds as applicable to monthly rotation. You will also be responsible for the safe, effective and economical use of medications in individual patients through the application of specialized skills, knowledge and functions, taking into account patient specific and age-related needs

In addition, you will be exposed to the management of a pharmacy department and gain insight into the responsibility of accepting leadership and making a contribution back to the profession of pharmacy.

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While working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and/or other licensed preceptor, you should:

  • Evaluate, recommend and monitor medication related therapy
  • Recommend and evaluate criteria for and perform medication use evaluations with the intent of determining the therapeutic role of medications at Mercy
  • Utilize evaluations to improve quality medication therapy and reduce health-care cost
  • Communicate with prescribers regarding medication-related therapy
  • Provide the safe storage, preparation and dispensing of medication
  • Provide counseling to patients and drug information to health care providers
  • Participate in the Quality Improvement Program and special projects
  • Act as a mentor to pharmacy students and pharmacists

Other requirements will include:

  • Drug information
  • Morbidity & Mortality (monthly)
  • Precepting APPE pharmacy students
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • Administrative meetings
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Publications/presentations
  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • Two CE presentations
  • Cardiac rehabilitation course teaching

Project: You must complete a self-directed project. The scope, magnitude and type of project may vary according to individual interests, but must be completed within the residency year and in a manner suitable for presentation and publication.

Core Advanced Experiences (some 2 months):

  • Administration
  • Internal Medicine (2 months)
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ID/Stewardship
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic (Anticoagulation & High-Risk Clinic)
  • Research (December & April)
  • Transitions of Care

Elective Experiences:

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Other electives may be tailored to each resident’s interests.

Teaching Certificate Program: You are highly encouraged to participate in the Teaching and Learning Curriculum (TLC) program at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Residency Accreditation

The PGY1 Residency program at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and complies with the officially published accreditation standards of ASHP.

Candidate Minumum Requirements

To be part of Mercy’s pharmacy residency, you must achieved a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from an Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited college of pharmacy and licensure in Ohio by August 1.

Additional Program Details

Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives: As outlined by ASHP

Positions/Duration of Appointment: 2 positions, 12 months (July 1 through June 30)

Stipend/Benefits/Vacation: $40,000 stipend, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), 10 vacation days

Staffing Requirements: 16 hours every other weekend (two 8-hour shifts), three holidays out of six

Application Process

Submit a letter of intent, three letters of reference, updated CV, and academic transcripts to PhorCAS. These items must be postmarked by January 4 for consideration.

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