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Position Summary

This position is a one-year long, structured post-graduate education and training program. The residency position provides advanced knowledge and skills regarding drug therapy and pharmacy services in a hospital setting. The pharmacy resident is a pharmacist in training who provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care through integrated drug distribution, clinical services and teaching.


  • Must have a Pharm.D. Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • Experience in unit dose and IV admixtures is desirable
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of West Virginia
  • Evidence of above-average academic performance and professional activities


The major job responsibilities of this position include clinical interventions, leadership, drug distribution and providing educational services. The following activities are components of the position to assist in meeting the major job responsibilities:

  • Maintains competency in unique aspects of drug therapy, including factors related to patient demographics
  • Provides pharmaceutical care by assisting physicians or providing direct patient care by:
    • - Reviewing patient medication history
    • - Reviewing patient medication profiles and making recommendations for drug therapy management
    • - Interpreting laboratory data in context with medication use
    • - Developing pharmacotherapeutic plans
    • - Implementing new drug regimens
    • - Monitoring patient outcomes in concert with medication use
    • - Determining alternatives for achieving outcomes
    • - Educating patients on drug therapy
    • - Documenting medication-related issues in patient medical records
    • - Monitoring pharmacokinetics of drug therapy
    • - Monitoring and preventing potential adverse drug-drug and drug-food interactions
    • - Preventing and monitoring medication errors
  • Makes patient care rounds focusing on drug therapy issues
  • Precepts pharmacy clerkship students consistent with academic credentials and clinical experience
  • Conducts target drug programs and medication use evaluations as needed and reports results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Detects, monitors, documents and reports adverse drug reactions and medication errors
  • Promotes the use of the formulary by converting non-formulary orders to formulary when possible, but
  • Coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary
  • Counsels patients on admission or discharge medications as necessary
  • Participates in the drug therapy management of medical emergencies by responding to Code Blue and traumas and prepares medications as needed
  • Discusses medication order clarifications with the prescriber, documents any changes in patient and pharmacy records and informs others of medication order changes
  • Performs duties within the drug distribution process
  • Provides presentations, publications and other informative activities on drug-related topics to the healthcare community and the general public
  • Documents clinical interventions (pharmacokinetic consultations, pharmacotherapeutic consultations, anticoagulation consultations, patient consultations) and cost avoidance as part of the Pharmacy Services and hospital documentation programs
  • Provides drug information to healthcare professionals and to patients
  • Reviews physician orders for possible therapeutic problems, contraindications, interactions, allergies and formulary status of the drug
  • Participates in continuing education programs, meetings, training programs, journal clubs and related activities
  • Is able to practice in a variety of areas within the pharmacy as required by workload

Patient Population Served

The resident provides pharmaceutical care to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.

About Cabell Huntington Hospital

Cabell Huntington Hospital exterior

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a regional referral center offering a multitude of services including: level II trauma center, level III neonatal center, oncology center, burn unit, pediatric, surgical, and medical intensive care units. Cabell is affiliated with Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Residency Rotation Information

The resident is required to complete twelve (12) months of practice experience rotations during their residency for successful completion. Rotations are determined by program requirements, resident’s interests and personal and professional goals for completing their residency program.

Our hospital's first pharmacy, circa 1956.

Our hospital's first pharmacy, circa 1956.

Residents are expected to function independently and demonstrate proficiency throughout the rotation as documented on evaluations. Preceptors are responsible for ensuring rotation and program goals. Objectives are met through specific activities to be completed during the rotation, such as providing mentorship and teaching the principles of pharmacy practice through incorporation of the four teaching models (instructing, modeling, coaching, and facilitating). The preceptor is responsible for providing the resident with the rotation syllabus, establishing a schedule and providing ongoing feedback and timely evaluations. In the event a rotation does not have a pharmacy preceptor, the primary preceptor will be designated by the RPD with the secondary preceptor being a pharmacy preceptor representative.

The resident is responsible for communicating any scheduling conflicts, absences or issues concerning the rotation to the rotation preceptor and residency program director in a timely manner. The resident is expected to contact the rotation preceptor prior to starting the rotation to establish the expectations and goals for the rotation.

Types of rotations

Core/required: Core rotations are five-week-long rotations that will provide the resident with essential skills that will meet the required goals and objectives of the residency program. Core rotations will also provide the resident the ability to gain experience in diverse patient populations, a variety of disease states and a range of complexity of patient problems. The core rotations will also provide the resident with the skills needed to perform as an independent learning on an elective rotation.

Elective: Elective rotations are either 2.5 or 5-week-long rotations that are offered to a resident to promote additional experience in an area of interest that will meet the residents personal goals and objectives. Certain core rotations must be completed prior to assignment of an elective rotation. Non-pharmacy preceptor rotations are not to be assigned prior to January, unless discussed with the RPD. No more than one-third of the 12 month residency program may deal with a specific patient population or practice area.

Longitudinal: Longitudinal rotations are completed independently with minimal direct oversight from a preceptor. Expectations and requirements of a longitudinal rotation are completed throughout the year with evaluations of progress made on a quarterly basis.

PGY-1 Specific Rotations

Required Rotations (5 weeks each)

  • Orientation/Distributive Services
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Ambulatory Care—VAMC
  • Geriatrics

Elective Rotations

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Nephrology
  • Surgery/Trauma/Burn
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Repeat any Core Rotation

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Service/Staffing
  • Year-long Research Project
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Residency Program Director Experience
  • Teaching Certification (available through MUSOP) (elective)
  • Time Management (elective)

Because of the flexible nature of the residency, other rotations may be available depending on resources and interest. Residents attend the annual ASHP Midyear Meeting and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.


Duration/Type: 12 month/residency
Number of Positions: Three
Starting Date: 6/24/2019
Estimated Stipend: $50,000

Residency Special Features

A pharmacist looking in a drawer of medications

The PGY1 residency program at Cabell Huntington Hospital will develop the resident into a well-rounded practitioner by providing experience in a variety of practice areas. Extensive clinical pharmacy services within a progressive environment provide the resident with active clinical preceptorship in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, trauma, neonatal, infectious disease, nutrition, geriatrics, drug information, ambulatory care and others.

The residency program is designed to produce an individual with the knowledge and ability to become a highly competent practitioner and to foster within the resident the maturity and self-confidence needed to effectively communicate that knowledge and ability. A teaching certificate can be obtained through Marshall University School of Pharmacy.

Fringe Benefits

Residents receive vacation, sick leave, medical insurance, professional leave/travel stipend and $150 uniform allowance.

Staffing Responsibilities

Position: Resident Pharmacist

Time dedicated toward staffing: Every other weekend: Friday (staffing); Saturday and Sunday (clinical staffing)

Hours: Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Holidays: If the weekend falls on a holiday, the resident will work the holiday unless previously discussed with the Residency Program Director.

Friday staffing: The resident will be assigned the duties of the U7 (Unit Dose) staff pharmacist and will perform responsibilities in accordance with that position.

Saturdays and Sundays: The resident is required to work every other weekend (Saturday/Sunday) with responsibilities for clinical consults and staffing responsibilities. On Saturdays and Sundays, the resident will be responsible for new and existing TPN consults, new and existing Adult Pharmacokinetic consults, new and existing Warfarin consults and Code Blue/Trauma responses.


  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Parenteral Nutrition (TPNs)
  • Coumadin (warfarin) monitoring
  • Drug information requests
  • Compounding (as needed)
  • Responding to all Code Blue, trauma and rapid response calls
  • Verify CPOE orders and enter orders in Cerner
  • Assist with QA if time allows

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Pharm D. degree or equivalent experience, eligibility for West Virginia Licensure, college transcript, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent.

Application materials are to be submitted through PhorCAS.

Application Deadline: January 11, 2019

Contact Information

Residency Program Director

John M. Crowley, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy

Sherri D. Morgan, RPh, MHA
Fax: 304.526.2101

Manager of Clinical Pharmacy

Patrick Dunn, PharmD

About Huntington, WV