Program Details

PGY1 Program Description

The Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) Residency Program is a one-year structured training program intended to develop residents’ clinical skills and competencies in hospital pharmacy. The PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and contributes to the development of clinical pharmacists by providing a robust and comprehensive learning experience in a variety of patient care areas. HUMC is a level 1 trauma center, NCI-designated cancer center and one of the few solid organ transplant centers in New Jersey. This will expose the resident to a wide spectrum of disease states which makes for an exciting learning environment.

Pharmacy residents are an integral component of the interdisciplinary team and are held accountable for delivering optimal patient care. The goal of the residency program is to increase and refine clinical competency, provide evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic care plans and develop confidence as an independent pharmacist under the mentorship of preceptors. Residents completing this program will graduate with a vast degree of pharmacotherapy knowledge, coupled with effective presentation and communication skills. Furthermore, they will develop commitment to their profession by taking an active role in education and professional organizations. Our residents go on to pursue PGY2 residencies of their choice and/or become competent practitioners desirable in both academia and clinical specialist positions.


  • PGY1 residents will be required to staff every third weekend and one evening weekday shift every other week for 4 hours. A NJ pharmacist license must be obtained by October 1st. 
  • The resident on-call will be responsible for answering drug information questions, attending Code Stroke, and approving IVIG orders in accordance with the stewardship program. On-call will occur during assigned staffing shifts, and each resident averages about one on-call weekend per month

Research Project/Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)

  • Residents are required to participate in a research project and a MUE.

Resident Presentations

  • PGY1 residents are required to present a minimum of (2) journal clubs, (2) case presentations and (1) seminar presentation throughout the year.
  • Residents are also required to present a one-hour long ACPE-accredited continuing education session.

Teaching and Learning Certificate

  • The teaching and learning certificate program is offered to all pharmacy residents through the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.

Leadership Experience

  • Each resident will have the opportunity to serve as lead resident for a portion of the year.

Committee Involvement

  • Residents take an active role in our monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meetings. Residents will also attend additional interdisciplinary committees as needed.


All learning experiences are one month unless otherwise noted. 

Required Rotations 

  • Orientation
  • Critical Care (pick one)
    • Medical/Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
    • Surgical/Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Practice Management (2-week experience)
  • Drug Information  (2-week experience)

Longitudinal Experiences 

  • Outpatient Infectious Diseases Outreach Clinic
  • Anticoagulation Experience


  • Emergency Medicine

  • Oncology
    • Adult Leukemia
    • Inpatient Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies
    • Outpatient Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies 
  • Pediatrics
    • General Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
    • Neonatal Intensive Care 
  • Psychiatry

  • Solid Organ Transplant 

  • Additional learning experience in a required area to develop further expertise
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