Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration
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The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration post-graduate residency training programs is to prepare Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to be independent practitioners of clinical pharmacy and to assume the roles and responsibilities for direct patient care.
The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration post-graduate clinical research fellowship training programs is to prepare the pharmacy practitioner to become an independent clinical researcher.
The training programs are uniquely located within the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. This unique environment prepares the trainee to teach knowledge, skills and attitudes to Doctor of Pharmacy and other healthcare students in the classroom and patient care settings.
Residencies at University of the Sciences
Post graduate year one of pharmacy residency training is an organized, directed program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from an accredited pharmacy curriculum. The first-year residency program enhances general competencies in managing medication-use systems and supports optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with a broad range of disease states.
Currently our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program is undergoing the ASHP accreditation process. Regulations, standards, programmatic goals, and objectives of these programs are those approved by ASHP. Learn More.
Post Pharm.D. - Year 1 (PGY1) programs
Post graduate year one (PGY1) of pharmacy residency training is an organized, directed, accredited program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from an accredited pharmacy curriculum. The first-year residency program enhances general competencies in managing medication-use systems and supports optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with a broad range of disease states.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
The PGY1 Residency Program Director is Dr. Trent G. Towne, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Infectious Disease). The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program provides opportunities to accelerate growth in direct patient care and practice management beyond entry-level professional competence and to further the development of leadership skills. Residents complete rotations in adult medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, health-system management, research project management/manuscript writing, clinical teaching, and three patient care electives. Residents participate in a longitudinal ambulatory care experience in clinic one half-day per week. Residents will complete a Teaching Certificate Program. This program prepares residents for patient care positions, instructor level faculty positions and a PGY2 residency in an area of their choice.
Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Residency with Emphasis in Drug Information
This dual-setting residency is organized to provide experiences leading to advanced professional skills in medical and scientific information for pharmacists wishing to pursue a career in drug information in the pharmaceutical industry or academic setting. Residents participate in didactic teaching at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. At Ortho McNeil Janssen, Scientific Affairs, residents will be an integral team member in the Medical Information & Communications department.
Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Residency with Emphasis in Medical Information, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and Marketing
This unique residency program is based at McNeil Consumer Healthcare – the world’s largest over-the-counter medicines company. While at McNeil, the resident will be an integral team member of the Medical Information, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and Marketing departments. In Medical Information, the resident will develop expertise in literature analysis, writing of standard response materials, and communication with healthcare professionals. In Medical Affairs, residents will develop skills in new product development, claims substantiation, the design and conduct of clinical trials and the overall assessment and application of science as a competitive advantage as it relates to McNeil’s products. While in Marketing, the resident will develop competency in general business management, marketing strategy development, and professional communications. The resident will be exposed to agency management as well as the creative development process. A rotation in Regulatory Affairs will afford the Resident the opportunity to work on high-level cross-functional projects with a focus on our regulatory strategy and communications, labeling, and chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) strategy. All rotations will include support of our company’s major products, including Tylenol, Motrin, Pediacare, Benadryl, Sudafed, Imodium and Zyrtec.
Post Pharm.D. - Year 2 (PGY2) programs
Post graduate year two (PGY2) of pharmacy residency training is an organized, directed program that builds upon the competencies established in postgraduate year one of residency training. The second-year residency program is focused in a specific area of practice. The PGY2 program increases the resident's depth of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities to raise the resident's level of expertise in medication therapy management and clinical leadership in the area of focus. In those practice areas where board certification exists, graduates are prepared to pursue such certification.
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
The PGY 2 Critical at PCP is designed to further refine skills attained during a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency – specifically skills in (1) providing direct patient care in a critical care setting; 2) conducting critical care related research, and (3) educating doctor of pharmacy students. Resident activities will include participation as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of critical care settings, completion of a longitudinal research project, as well as participating in didactic and experiential education for doctor of pharmacy students and by attending teaching seminars given by faculty at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. In addition the resident will complete a teaching certificate program.
Teaching Certification: An integral part of your training
The goal of the program is to provide formalized training in teaching and opportunities to discuss contemporary issues in pharmacy education for trainees (residents and fellows) in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration (DOPP/PA). Learn More...
Alumni of the USciences programs
Alumni from our post graduate training go onto many integral jobs within the pharmacy community worldwide. Come and see who have participated in our programs and where they are now. Learn More...
Ever wondered why you should do a residency? Just wondering where to start? Come and take a look at our extensive documents section that can help answer these and other questions. Learn More...
Links to other programs:
American College of Clinical Pharmacy - Directory of Post-Graduate Education
American Pharmacists Association - Residency and Advanced Training Website
American Society of Health System Pharmacists - Residency Directory