PGY1 Residency (WCH)

As a member of UC Health, West Chester Hospital (WCH) seeks to fulfill our system-wide mission of educating and inspiring the next generation of health care professionals, in additional to creating outstanding patient experiences and offering excellent patient care. With that aim in mind, West Chester Hospital offers an ASHP accredited PGY1 (post-graduate year one) Pharmacy Residency Program. The goal of the residency program is to teach the resident all aspects of providing quality pharmaceutical care in a healthcare setting.

About the Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 Residency at West Chester Hospital is a 12-month, structured training program designed to develop skills and competence in providing the highest level of pharmaceutical care. The program will be individualized based upon the resident’s level of knowledge, skills, and interests. Elective rotations allow the resident to further pursue interests related to their personal career objectives. The residency is composed of four major elements:

  • Clinical and administrative practice rotations
  • Teaching opportunities with optional Teaching Certificate Program at University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Completion of a major project
  • Pharmaceutical care experience in inpatient pharmacy

During the practice experience, the resident will be involved with both theory and practice of drug distribution. The resident will learn the policies and procedures of centralized and decentralized unit dose systems and parental admixtures. In addition, the resident will acquire a thorough knowledge of departmental goals and will be introduced to policies and procedures relating to drug procurement, inventory control, quality improvement, and pharmaceutical care. The Outpatient Pharmacy at West Chester Hospital offers pharmacotherapy services and an anticoagulation management clinic. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at West Chester Hospital accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


Residents are expected to perform independently and demonstrate an increasing proficiency in pharmacy practice as they progress through each rotation. In addition to expanding the resident’s knowledge and experience, he or she will develop communication and drug therapy monitoring skills and learn to solve therapeutic problems. Department members with practice and teaching responsibilities in the area of each rotation will serve as preceptors. Advanced pharmacy rotations are required in the following areas:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine (2 months)
  • General Surgery (1 month)
  • Critical Care (1 month)
  • Drug Information / Drug Use Policy Development (1 month)
  • Pharmacy Practice Management (1 month)

Residents must complete two one month selective rotations from the following options:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Oncology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology

Two months of elective rotations permit the resident to expand his or her abilities and skills in other areas of interest. The broad scope of pharmacy practice services offered provides a high degree of flexibility to pursue individual goals. The resident may use this time to broaden the base of training in a variety of clinical practice or administrative areas. The program offers the opportunity for one elective rotation at University of Cincinnati Medical Center (formerly University Hospital), which has more than 40 years of experience in training pharmacy residents. Elective rotation options include the above selective rotation options as well as:

  • Critical Care (advanced Critical Care at WCH or UCMC)
  • Cardiology (UCMC)
  • Trauma (WCH or UCMC)
  • Ambulatory Care (UCMC)
  • Geriatrics (WCH)

Additional Coursework

During the residency program, the resident must complete a self-directed project. The scope, magnitude and type of project may vary according to individual interests, but must be completed in a manner suitable for presentation and publication. The educational component of the program enables the resident to develop teaching and training skills by participating in educational programs for pharmacy students, physicians, medical residents, nurses and pharmacists.


West Chester Hospital is a community hospital with a friendly and welcoming environment. The brand-new facility opened in 2009 and offers the most innovative technology as well as spacious, attractive patient rooms and staff areas. This quickly growing hospital has won numerous awards for our staff members’ outstanding efforts in patient care and customer service. Learn more about our awards and recognitions. Pharmacy residents will receive a competitive stipend, paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, 27 days of paid time off (includes vacation days, selected holidays, educational leave and sick leave), and an educational travel allowance.


Applicants for West Chester Hospital’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program should hold a doctor of pharmacy degree and be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio. Applications submitted through PhORCAS before December 31 will be given preferential consideration. Applications should include the PhORCAS recommendation scale. A personal interview with the program director and preceptors is required.


Marcie A. Malone, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Services
President, Greater Cincinnati Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GCSHP)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, James L Winkle College of Pharmacy
University of Cincinnati
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