Jefferson University Hospitals

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

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The ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is directed toward developing expert knowledge and skills in contemporary pharmacy practice. The residency is extremely flexible, permitting us to individualize the emphasis of the program to meet your specific goals.

Required rotations are scheduled in adult general medicine, drug information, infectious diseases, transitions of care, critical care and pharmacy practice management. Required longitudinal experiences include teaching, research, service to underserved populations and medication management responsibilities. Numerous other experiences are offered on an elective basis. The objectives for all experiences, both required and elective, are developed with consideration to your previous experiences and your short- and long-term career goals.

Clinical practitioners at Jefferson have advanced degrees and faculty appointments at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP), the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), and/or Temple University. This environment ensures you have access to an exceptional breadth of clinical preceptors and role models from which to select.

To be considered for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, you must be registered with the ASHP Matching Program. All applications are submitted via PhORCAS. Completed applications are due by January 3. Applications must include at least one clinical reference that speaks of your clinical abilities. After all materials have been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited for an on-site interview with the residency coordinators and preceptors. Interviews are scheduled in late January and early February.  Finally, names of the selected candidates will be submitted in accordance with the rules governing the Matching Program.

There seven available positions and in accordance with ASHP, we will give consideration only to those applicants who have registered with the Resident Matching Program. The residency program begins on or around July 1.

Apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Thank you for your interest in our PGY1 pharmacy residency.  Our residency was awarded the Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award in 2012 by ASHP. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of training by exceptional and experienced preceptors.  We are proud of the opportunities that we provide for our residents.  We focus on the needs and goals of the individual while providing the support and services required by the department.  We continuously re-evaluate the structure of the residency to assure that we are providing experiences for the residents so they are prepared to continue to a PGY2 residency or to provide exceptional pharmaceutical care to their selected patient population as pharmacy generalists.

The department maintains specialists in the following areas of practice:

  • Medicine/Critical Care
  • Surgery/Critical Care
  • Neonatology/Pediatrics
  • Cardiology/Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Drug Information/Drug Policy Development
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Pain Management
  • Nutrition Support
  • Information Systems/Clinical Informatics
  • Medication Safety
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Emergency Medicine

Jefferson residents are prepared to assume the responsibilities of independent practitioners by the end of the residency program. Our graduates have pursued highly successful careers in academia, industry and numerous direct practice settings.

Throughout the residency, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, monitor, and assess drug regimens and therapeutic plans
  • Develop, conduct, and present a Medication Use Evaluation
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education seminar
  • Serve as a secretary of a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee
  • Develop, conduct, and present a residency project
  • Develop more advanced clinical informatics skills
  • Enhance your time and stress management skills
  • Develop drug information retrieval and policy development skills
  • Further develop written and verbal communication skills.

The amount of time spent in each of these activities is dependent on your needs and interests. In addition, you are encouraged to suggest other experiences. Finally, there is a required service component of the program that extends the residency commitment beyond the forty-hour week.

The available positions are registered with the Residency Matching Program of ASHP. In accordance with our agreement with ASHP, we will give consideration only to those applicants who have registered with the Matching Program.

An interview is an essential component of the selection process for both the applicant and the department. After reviewing all completed applications, we will schedule interviews with selected applicants in late January and throughout February.

Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to your application and will be happy to supply you with any additional information you may need.


Joanne S. Heil, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Coordinator, Heart Failure Transition of Care Program
(215) 955-2883

Graduates of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will: Manage and improve the medication use process;  Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams;  Exercise leadership and practice management skills;  Demonstrate project management skills;  Provide medication and practice-related education and training; Utilize medical informatics;  Research, analyze, and effectively communicate drug information;  Develop social awareness through delivery of pharmaceutical care to underserved populations.

What kinds of experiences can I expect to have as a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Jefferson?

Throughout the residency, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, monitor and assess drug regimens and therapeutic plans for a wide variety of patients
  • Serve as a co-preceptor for students from the Jefferson School of Pharmacy, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), and Temple University 
  • Present didactic lectures to a variety of healthcare practitioners 
  • Develop, conduct and present a Medication Use Evaluation 
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education seminar
  • Serve as secretary of a Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) subcommittee 
  • Develop, conduct and present a residency project 
  • Attend MYCM and The Eastern States Residents and Preceptors Conference 
  • Enhance your time and stress management skills 
  • Provide primary pharmaceutical care to underserved populations 
  • Develop drug information retrieval skills 
  • Improve verbal and written communication skills 
  • Manage drug shortages

The amount of time spent in each of these activities is dependent upon your needs and interests. In addition, you are encouraged to suggest other experiences. Finally, you should be aware that the service component of the program extends the residency commitment beyond the 40-hour week.

What Rotations are Required of the Resident?

Adult General Medicine - This experience allows the resident to assume the role of the patient care pharmacist on a medicine service. Residents participate in daily patient care activities and assist in therapeutic decision making, defining parameters to assess drug efficacy as well as toxicity. The resident is also responsible for providing drug information to members of multidisciplinary teams and for completing all pharmacy driven protocols.

Drug Information and Policy Development - Residents develop and sharpen skills in accessing, retrieving, interpreting and disseminating drug information. This is accomplished by responding to telephone inquiries received by the department’s Drug Information Center. Residents have the opportunity to evaluate investigational drug protocols. In addition, residents participate in the formulary review process by providing the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee with drug information support and drug monograph reviews. The resident will also develop the ability to synthesize and communicate information with clarity in written format (eg newsletters, policies and procedures).

Critical Care - Jefferson has numerous intensive care settings in which the resident may gain experience. Typically, residents are assigned to either the Medical Intensive Care Unit or the Medical/Surgical Cardiac Care Units for their required ICU experience. Residents may select additional critical care experiences in the Neurosensory ICUs, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Emergency Medicine, or Neonatal ICU. The resident becomes an integral part of the multidisciplinary teams that care for patients in these intense environments.

Patient Care - This experience offers the residents the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the complex process of medication use, distribution, and involvement in clinical activities. The resident will spend time with one of Jefferson’s patient care pharmacists to develop the skills necessary to become an active and contributing member of the Jefferson Pharmacy department. The resident’s time will be split between clinical activities and the distribution process.

Transitions of Care – This experience offers the resident to provide a continuum of care across the health care setting.  The experience starts with admission, and incorporates: medication reconciliation, drug therapy recommendations, patient education, and discharge medication reconciliation.  The resident may also have the opportunity to complete post-discharge follow-up.  This experience also exposes the resident to a family medicine ambulatory setting and to a refugee clinic. 

What Elective Rotations are Available?

The resident can create any combination of experiences from among the required rotations or from the following:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Heart Failure/ Heart Transplantation
  • Hematology/ Oncology
  • Home Health/Home Infusion
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Medical Writing
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Metabolic Support (Nutrition)
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Rehab Medicine
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Specialty Pharmacy

What Teaching Opportunities Exist?

The Pharmacy Department is committed to providing numerous educational programs for a variety of healthcare professionals. By participating in several opportunities that exist at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) the residents are able to develop a broad range of teaching skills.

These opportunities include presenting formal didactic lectures pharmacy students; precepting undergraduate pharmacy students; serving as instructor at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy; and providing numerous in-services to various healthcare professionals.

In addition, residents are required to prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program, prepare and present an educational poster at the ASHP Midyear Meeting, and to present a platform presentation at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors.

What Research Opportunities Exist?

All residents are required to complete a residency project. Project opportunities are many and varied, ranging from systems research to clinical research to economic and outcomes assessment to program development. Project proposals are submitted by the pharmacy staff but may be interdisciplinary in nature.  All project concepts are developed with the goal of improving patient care and supporting the mission and vision of Jefferson.  Residents select preceptors and projects focusing on areas of mutual interest.

The Department of Pharmacy has a long history of active commitment to research and publication from which the residents may benefit. The resident is also required to develop, complete and present a formal Medication Use Evaluation. Residents who have a particular interest in research may elect to spend time in the department's Investigational Drug Service.

What is the Stipend & What Benefits are Offered?

The stipend for the upcoming year is expected to be approximately $56,630.00 paid bi-weekly over a period of 26 pay periods. An excellent benefits package is also included: medical insurance, ten vacation days, days off for holidays worked, 5 sick days, paid holidays, meal allowances, discounts on parking and public transportation, lab coats and travel reimbursements.

What is the Staffing Requirement of the Residency?

Currently, the staffing commitment consists of:

  • On an average, you will staff one evening per week and approximately every 3rd weekend.
    • This may change based upon the number of residents and the needs of the department
      • You are required to work 2 holidays per year. 1-major: Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years; and 1-minor: Independence Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day or Memorial Day.
    • Holidays are typically attached to the closest weekend

Residents serve as the pharmacist-in-charge for the entire pharmacy operation during their assigned resident shifts. Residents are responsible for performing administrative functions, such as solving problems with scheduling or operations. In addition, residents are responsible for assisting in order entry and drug distribution, attending medical emergencies, covering the Investigational Drug Service, answering drug information questions, and providing clinical services. This experience affords the resident distributive, clinical, supervisory, and administrative experience. Administrative and clinical staff members are always on-call and available to assist the resident with any problems that may arise. 

Is Workspace Provided to the Residents?

Yes, each resident is provided with his or her own desk equipped with a personal computer located within the clinical staff office complex.  Residents are also provided an iPad to assist them in providing optimal patient care at the bedside and throughout the campus. The resident is able to gain access to the hospital computer network including patient profiles and laboratory data, email, drug information resources, and standard office applications (Microsoft Office®).

Do Community Service Opportunities Exist?

Yes, residents are required to participate in medical clinics at local homeless shelters on a weekly basis. Pharmacy residents work with medical students, physical therapy students, nursing students, and a medical resident in order to optimize medication therapy in this patient population. Residents are also responsible for precepting pharmacy students at these shelters by leading topic discussions, answering questions, and facilitating the students' involvement at the clinic. The activities the students are involved in may include collection of medication histories, counseling patients and making medication recommendations to the medical team.

Is licensure in Pennsylvania required?

Yes, residents are expected to become licensed in Pennsylvania at the earliest possible date, but no later than September 1, 2018. Licensure permits the resident to accept full responsibility and accountability for the care of patients, an essential outcome of residency training. Delays in becoming licensed in Pennsylvania jeopardize the resident's ability to meet the residency program outcomes.

Please note: The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy requires completion of at least 1,500 intern hours of which a maximum of 1,000 intern hours may be earned through an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy's academic program. At least 500 intern hours must be earned outside of school and in a licensed pharmacy. The Board may accept the full-time practice of pharmacy for one year in another U.S. state or the completion of a one-year pharmacy residency program in lieu of required intern hours. We encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting, and transfer of intern hours as well as Pennsylvania licensure requirements ( Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Meet Our PGY1 Pharmacy Residents


Judah Brown. Judah’s hometown is Somerset, New Jersey. He received his pharmacy education at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (C/O 2017). His professional interests include: Critical care and Emergency Medicine.

Running, playing tennis, trying new and local food, exploring new restaurants, finding specialty ice cream and doughnut shops are activities that fill Judah’s time outside of residency.

Why Jefferson? I chose Jefferson for my PGY1 experience for the sheer breadth of opportunities it provides. Jefferson offers desirable rotations in multiple acute care, specifically critical care, settings that feed to my professional interest while also providing rotation experiences that support my growth as a well-rounded clinician. Jefferson also has a strong emphasis on community outreach and civic responsibility as a practicing pharmacist through interesting transitions-of-care rotations in shelters and clinics. Furthermore, Jefferson’s strong and synergistic relationship with the Jefferson College of Pharmacy allows me to explore and build upon my capabilities as an educator while I continue to establish my professional career. Overall, Jefferson provides an excellent learning environment that is adaptable my desired areas of professional development.


Jason Choe. Jason is a Philadelphian.  He received his pharmacy education from Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy. Professionally, Jason is interested in: Infectious diseases, cardiology, and drug information.

Personally, Jason enjoys playing with his nephew and nieces, hanging out with friends, and, watching and playing sports.  GO EAGLES!

Why Jefferson? I wanted to go to a hospital where patient care is the main priority. Being a trauma level 1 center as well as a nationally ranked hospital, I knew I would receive top quality training to fully maximize my potential as a pharmacist.  The pharmacy department seemed like a family which was very important to me as I wanted more than simply co-workers.


Ting He. Ting comes to us from Hanover, NH by way of Baltimore MD, where she received her pharmacy education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. ​She is interested in the areas of: pediatrics, cardiology, and oncology. ​

Her personal interests are: spending time with family and friends, running, and spending time outdoors.

Why Jefferson? Jefferson is a large academic medical center that offers a variety of rotational experiences. Jefferson has an established residency program with dedicated preceptors, and an opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. 


Richard LaCoursiere. Richard (RJ) is originally from Virginia where he completed his pre-pharmacy courses.  He served in the US Army Reserves as a Chemical Operations Specialist prior to pharmacy school. He attended and graduated from Jefferson College of Pharmacy in May 2017.

Why Jefferson? I chose to pursue a residency at TJH because of the reputation of the program, the preceptors, and the institution itself, as well as the opportunity to practice pharmacy in a wide variety of rotational experiences and research opportunities.  I look forward to a great year working with everyone here at Jefferson