PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency


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

Program Design

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at MUSC is a one-year post-graduate training program designed to develop essential knowledge and skills for contemporary health-system pharmacy practice at a major academic medical center. The residency program provides the flexibility to adapt to the resident’s specific learning needs and goals. The training is provided through month-long clinical rotations and longitudinal experiences that extend throughout the year.

Learning Experience and Rotation Length

1 month (July)

Acute Care*
1 month

Ambulatory Care*
1 month

Clinical Generalist Rotation
1 month

Critical Care*
1 month

Drug Information
1 month

1 month

1 month

4 months

*Certain learning experiences are required but selective in that residents may select the specific learning experience under a more general topic.

Selective Learning Experience Options

Acute Care

  • Abdominal Transplant
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Heart / Lung Transplant
  • Hematology / Oncology

Ambulatory Care

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Oncology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Critical Care

  • Burn ICU
  • Cardiology ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Medical ICU
  • Medical-Surgical ICU
  • Neurosurgery ICU
  • Surgery Trauma ICU


  • General Pediatrics
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Pediatric Cardiac ICU
  • Pediatric Hematology / Oncology
  • Pediatric Surgery

Electives - 4 months

May select any of the above rotations, plus the following:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ID Consult
  • Informatics
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Medication Safety, Use & Policy
  • Management

Clinical Staffing Service

Residents will gain clinical experience providing service throughout the year as a clinical pharmacist. PGY1 residents staff every 3rd weekend in one of the inpatient pharmacies (Ashley River Tower, Children’s Hospital, and University Hospital). Residents will be scheduled in a variety of central and decentralized roles so they gain experience providing a wide range of services. Activities include, but are not limited to, order verification, sterile product verification, completing pharmacokinetic monitoring, providing therapeutic consults, attending emergency codes, and delivering patient education.

24-Hour In-house On-Call

Residents participate in a Clinical Pharmacy on-call service for daytime, evening, weekend, and holiday coverage. Residents provide 24-hour in-house availability of clinical pharmacy services and patient-specific drug therapy issues to all MUSC Health care team members. Clinical pharmacy specialists serve as a clinical back-up for the residents. Weekend on-call responsibilities count towards the 32 monthly service hours. Note that during their required pediatrics rotation residents also participate in the weeklong pediatrics on-call program.

Research Project

Each resident will complete a major service or research project during the residency year. Project ideas will be generated by care team members of MUSC Health to address clinical and operational needs for Pharmacy Services and patients at MUSC Health. The resident will present the results of their project at a local, state, regional, or national meeting, and they must write a manuscript suitable for publication describing the results of their project. PGY1 residents are provided one project day each month during rotation hours to work on the project.


PGY1 residents will participate in small-group medication use evaluations to evaluate and implement measures to improve the quality of the medication-use process.


Each resident will present one ACPE-accredited seminar during the residency program. The goal of the seminar is to expand the resident’s communication skills, presentation techniques, and knowledge in a topic of their choosing.

Core Preceptors

List of preceptors with more detailed information.

Current Residents

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Requirements for Program Completion

See Appendix A in our Residency Manual