Rotations and Curriculum — PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Regional Medical Center


Memorial Regional Medical Center

Memorial Regional Medical Center
St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital

Rotation Schedule

The PGY1 residency consists of an orientation period at the start of the program that is four to six weeks in length. After residents complete orientation, they participate in required block and longitudinal rotations that are generally four to six weeks and three to six months in length, respectively. The rotation schedule is determined based upon several factors, including the resident’s residency program pre-survey answers, resident’s goals, preceptor availability, and resident’s rotation preference.

In addition to the required rotations and projects listed below, residents complete the staffing learning experience. Each resident staffs throughout the year at one of the main residency program sites: Memorial Regional Medical Center or St. Mary’s Hospital.

Required block rotations:

  • Critical Care I
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Pharmacy Administration I
  • Teaching 

Required longitudinal rotations:

  • Ambulatory Care Interdisciplinary Presentation 
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Chief Resident
  • Medication Safety 
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T)

Required longitudinal projects:

  • Case Presentation
  • Continuing Education (CE) Presentation
  • Journal Club
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Research


  • Ambulatory Care I and II
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship I
  • Behavioral Health I and II
  • Cardiac Medicine I and II
  • Critical Care II
  • Emergency Medicine I and II
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Medication Safety I
  • Oncology/Outpatient Infusion Clinic I
  • Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit I and II
  • Pharmacy Administration II
  • Pharmacy Informatics I
  • Population Health I

Research and Scholarly Activity

Each resident completes one formal, longitudinal medication use evaluation project and one formal, longitudinal research project. During residency orientation, the residents are given potential topics and corresponding project preceptors for consideration. Residents may also create their own topics based upon their pharmacy interests per approval by the residency leadership team. The residents receive guidance and feedback from their project preceptors and the Residency Research Oversight Committee throughout the longitudinal experiences. Both projects are required to be presented at designated pharmacy conferences during the residency year.

Residents complete the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program that is offered through the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy. As a participant in this program, the resident serves as a preceptor to at least one pharmacy student from VCU during the residency year. Additionally, the resident leads practicum sessions and didactic lectures for the pharmacy school. If a resident has already successfully completed a teaching certificate program, he or she may be excused from this requirement after approval from the residency leadership team.

Residents also lead in-services for pharmacists and other health professionals throughout the year during rotations and create a one-hour continuing education program for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.