Overview and Purpose

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UConn John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health began in 1974 at McCook Hospital in Hartford, CT and moved to John Dempsey Hospital in 1975. After 13 years of dormancy in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the program was re-established in 2012. The residency re-earned full accreditation status in 2013 from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The program has a strong affiliation with the UConn School of Pharmacy through its many preceptors located at UConn Health, its teaching certificate program for residents and preceptors, co-precepting opportunities of pharmacy students, and much more.

Program Purpose Statement

Postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs build on PharmD education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Program Description

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UConn John Dempsey Hospital will develop the resident into a competent clinical practitioner who will contribute to positive patient outcomes. The year-long residency program establishes competency in the areas of acute patient care, ambulatory/primary care, drug information and management. The program prides itself on its attention to work-life balance through its longitudinal leadership and personal and professional development experience.

Program Mission: why we are here

The UConn Health Pharmacy Residency program trains pharmacists by providing a well-rounded, customized, immersive experience where residents become competent leaders providing collaborative medication management to improve care for all patients.

Program Vision: where we aspire to go

The UConn Health Pharmacy Residency program strives to be the premier program in the country, promoting a customized experience for the resident in a clinically diverse environment. Our Program looks to develop and retain compassionate, empathetic, and competent residents and preceptors, involved in moral and advanced clinical care, impactful research, and patient and professional advocacy.

Program Values: the rules we live by

  • Maintain healthy balance between personal and professional life
  • Work collaboratively with others to enhance the overall team effort
  • Encourage diversity by including, respecting, appreciating, and learning from those with different backgrounds
  • Display empathy by showing compassion and appreciation for the needs of others
  • Exhibit honesty, integrity, openness and strong ethics by always doing the right thing
  • Ensure expertise by providing evidenced-based patient-centered recommendations
  • Lead by advancing the practice of pharmacy within the institution and beyond
  • Provide safe, high-quality care to patients
  • Show respect by honoring others and their differences, including patients and colleagues