The Riverside Community Hospital post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program is a 52 week postgraduate curriculum. Our residency training philosophy is to foster pharmacy career growth by offering diverse experiences in multidisciplinary environments. The RCH pharmacy department is decentralized with clinical pharmacist practice sites including infectious diseases, medical intensive care, surgical intensive care, emergency department/trauma, transplant, medical/surgical, and cardiovascular. In addition to being mentored by highly trained preceptors in a variety of specialized practice areas, pharmacy residents will train alongside more than 200 resident physicians in 11 specialties from RCH’s Graduate Medical Education program. Moreover, the RCH pharmacy department is affiliated with three pharmacy schools and residents will have the opportunity to co-precept pharmacy students. Residents are given the opportunity to be trained in 478 bed acute care facility with one of the largest emergency departments, Level 1 Trauma Center, one of the largest STEMI (heart attack) receiving center, fully accredited Chest Pain Center, invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, the Center of Excellence for Surgical Weight Loss, the Transplant Program, the Cancer Center, and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Residents will receive drug information and practice resources to competently practice as a clinical pharmacist and fulfill consult services for parenteral nutrition, warfarin, heparin, aminoglycosides, and vancomycin. The resident will have the opportunity to obtain ACLS certification to response to Code activations. Residents are expected to be extensively involved with the Pharmacy and Therapeutics process and facility and corporate meetings. In all, the resident will receive training to be a steward of patient centered care and evidence-based medicine.

Length of program

12 months

Number of positions

2 PGY1 positions

Accreditation status

Pre–candidate (Residents graduating from programs in candidate status will receive a certificate of completion indicating the resident is a graduate of a candidate program. Upon successful accreditation, the resident will be re-issued a certificate retroactive to the date of application for accreditation indicating completion of an accredited residency. Graduates of a candidate program are eligible to pursue PGY2 residency training.)

Required rotations

  • Critical care, medical
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Critical care, surgical
  • Internal medicine
  • Leadership and practice management
  • Central services

Elective rotations

  • Solid organ transplant
  • Medication safety
  • Other-residents area of interest
  • Trauma

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Medication use evaluation
  • Quality improvement, project management and professional development
  • Research
  • Staffing
  • Teaching certificate


  • Estimated stipend: $55,000
  • Other benefits Include: paid time off (including holidays), health/dental/vision
  • Personal desk space with computer and other professional materials
  • Travel/CE allowance: ASHP Midyear Meeting, CSHP Conference
  • Free covered on-site parking