Job Description

MATCH #201513: PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at UConn Health/UConn John Dempsey Hospital Department of Pharmacy (1-Year Trainee Appointment)

Experience and Training

The applicant must be a graduate from an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The applicant must be a citizen of the U.S.A., or hold a visa allowing for the completion of the residency year. UConn Health cannot sponsor your visa. The applicant must desire to be a highly motivated pharmacist wanting advanced education and training that leads to an enhanced level of professional pharmacy practice.

Special/Mandatory Requirements

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel. The resident must be licensed to work as a registered pharmacist in the State of Connecticut no later than ninety days after the start of the residency year, or the resident may be terminated from employment. The resident must adhere to the rules of the resident matching program (RMP) process, and utilize the PhORCAS system for the application process.

Preferred Experience

Preference for interview invitations will be given to those applicants with hospital pharmacy experience, knowledge of the principles and practices of pharmacy and pharmacology and their application to the operation of a hospital pharmacy or outpatient facility, knowledge of relevant Federal and State laws, considerable interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, ability to maintain records, demonstrable teaching ability, a documented history of research and/or publication experience, a history of presentations to a multidisciplinary and/or professional meeting audience, leadership in professional organizations, and those with awards/honors within pharmacy and community service.

Working Conditions

Incumbents in this class may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions and may be required to do some lifting. The employee must also be able and willing to be mobile across the UConn Health campus on a regular basis and to be able to walk and stand during working hours.

Supervision Received

Works independently, but in accordance of and under the supervision of the Residency Program Director (RPD).

Examples of Duties

The resident will be a self-directed, independent, motivated learner guided by the RPD and the appropriate preceptor(s) for each learning experience.

In addition to learning experience rotations, the resident will serve as a staff pharmacist one evening per week and at least every third weekend per month (Saturday and Sunday) and is accountable for the preparation and distribution of all medications to patient care areas and providing clinical pharmacy services to both inpatient and outpatient physicians, and other hospital personnel. In this capacity, a resident: provides prescription services to inpatients/outpatients; checks unit dose medication for appropriate drug, dose, quantity, and packaging integrity; facilitates availability of first doses and specialty items; maintains adequate medication supplies; completes monthly controlled substances audits and quality assessment rounds; maintains and enforces the documentation and security of narcotic supplies; checks medication orders for therapeutic appropriateness; checks transcription of medication orders; updates medications on administrative records; provides pharmacokinetic monitoring of patients receiving specific drugs and ensures that serum concentrations are drawn; monitors parental nutrition; responds to emergency codes; observes for adverse drug reactions; documents all medication incident reports; provides medication counseling to patients; provides drug information to physicians, nurses, patients and other health care professionals; documents interventions with health care personnel related to drug therapy; oversees deliveries to patient care floors; compounds IV medications, including chemotherapy medications; prepares hyper alimentation solutions; dispenses/provides information on investigational drugs; performs drug utilization evaluations on medications; oversees activities of medication administration nurses; participates in patient care rounds; attends departmental staff meetings and educational seminars; contributes to pharmacist continuing education seminars; provides in service education to hospital health care professionals; maintains patient confidentiality; performs related duties as required.

The resident will be required to attend monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee meetings with the Clinical Coordinator and RPD, and be assigned minute-taking duties at least every other meeting.

The resident will be required to complete PharmAcademic evaluations in a timely manner, both for the learning experience(s) and preceptor(s).

The resident will be required to obtain (with the assistance of the RPD) an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor status with the UConn School of Pharmacy. The resident may be required to carry out and/or assist with didactic teaching responsibilities at the Storrs campus and/or clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities at UConn Health.

The resident will be required to present at least one (1) continuing education talk during the residency year.

The resident will be required to complete the UConn Teaching and Learning Practice-based Activity Teaching Certificate during the residency year, under the supervision of the RPD or program designee.

The resident will be required to successfully design, complete IRB submission for approval/exemption, carry out, and develop a manuscript of a major project to be determined within the first 2 months of the residency start date. The objective is to present a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the results at the Eastern States Residency Conference. A manuscript will be developed and completed by the end of the residency year, and publication is strongly encouraged, though not required.


This is a salaried position. In accordance with ASHP Accreditation Standards, the resident will be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house activities and all moonlighting. This policy is on file and in the Residency Manual that each resident must review and sign at the start of their residency year.

The resident shall be required to staff as described above, and two (2) holidays during the residency year. Holidays will be assigned at the start of the residency year.

Full Time Equivalent Minimum Salary and Benefits

$50,000 paid on a biweekly basis, with health insurance, 10 days of paid vacation, and travel expenses to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Regional Residency Conference.


Must be received via PhORCAS by January 2. The following items are required to have a complete application and be considered for an on-site interview:

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Official transcript
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from:
    1. Employer
    2. Preceptor/faculty
    3. Applicant’s choice

Selected candidates will be required to conduct an on-site interview (at their own expense). A pre-interview phone call/videoconference call may be required.

In accordance with the UConn Health policy and procedures, all appointments are subject to clearance of a criminal background and federal sanctions check and a pre-employment physical. Continuation is contingent upon successful completion of a probationary period (orientation experience), satisfactory employment performance, adherence to all applicable UConn Health policies and compliance regulations, and obtaining your Connecticut pharmacist licensure no later than ninety days after start date, per ASHP Standards for PGY1 Residency Programs.

Last approved and updated by Residency Advisory Committee: March 16, 2017 KWC