PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Specifics | Ocean University Medical Center   

Program Structure and Curriculum

The structure and curriculum of the residency program at Ocean University Medical Center provides the residents with a wide range of experiences which includes providing pharmaceutical care and drug therapy management to a diverse patient population and a variety of disease states.

  • The residents will be scheduled for 7 required learning experiences which include orientation. Additionally, the residents will be able to select and 3 elective learning experiences of their choice. Each rotation is scheduled for 5 weeks with an exception of one elective which will be 4 weeks in length .
  • The residents will also take part in the 5 required longitudinal learning experiences throughout the residency year. These learning experiences will range from 6 - 12 months and will provide further learning opportunities.
  • The residents will have two one-week project blocks to work on their Medication Usage Evaluation (MUE) and Major project.
  • No more than one-third of the twelve-month PGY1 pharmacy residency program may deal with a specific patient disease state population (e.g. critical care, infectious diseases)
  • At least two-thirds of the year will consist of direct patient care activities.

Learning Experiences

At the beginning of the residency program, the residency program director will utilize the baseline assessments and resident interests to create the resident’s learning experience schedule. The schedule will be created based on the interests, experience, knowledge base, and preferences of the resident. The residency program director may modify the schedule as needed based on the needs of the resident. Each preceptor will set the expectations for their specific rotations and it would be the expectation of the resident to follow these expectations.


The residents will begin with a one-week corporate Hackensack Meridian Health orientation before the official start of the residency (July 1st). During this time the residents will meet other incoming residents from different disciplines, complete BLS/ACLS training, Epic training, along with an overview of the Human Resources policies, patient safety, infection control, ethics and other important topics. All incoming residents will then complete a five-week required orientation learning experience within the Pharmacy Department. This introductory training experience will prepare the residents to perform the job functions required of a hospital pharmacist. During orientation, the RPD will meet with the resident to review the requirements for successful completion of the residency program.

Required Rotations

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Transitions of Care

Required Longitudinal Experiences

  • Leadership and Management
  • Major Project
  • Medication Usage Evaluation
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate

Elective Rotations

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Internal Medicine 
  • Geriatrics
  • Oncology Outpatient Infusion
  • Pharmacy Informatics
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