PGY1 Program Purpose: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.


Pharmacists are a fundamental component of the hospital health care team, working in partnership with interdisciplinary teams to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to the patients they serve. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) provides a structured and advanced education and training experience that prepares its graduates to successfully practice in various patient care positions, faculty appointments, or further post-doctoral pharmacy training. This is an ASHP-Accredited residency program that participates in the National Matching Service. This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Practice Environment

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. With more than 1,000 physicians and dental staff in 60 specialty areas, Jersey Shore’s team provides quality care in a patient centered, environmentally friendly setting. Through the hospital’s clinical research program and longstanding commitment to medical education through an affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and input in the creation of the Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and urology.

Program Structure

  • The structure of the residency program permits residents to gain experience and sufficient practice with diverse patient populations, a variety of disease states, and a range of patient problems.
  • Residents will be scheduled for 10 core concentrated learning experiences and 2 elective learning experiences of their choice. Each rotation is scheduled for one calendar month.
  • Five core longitudinal learning experiences take place throughout the residency year, ranging from 4 to 12 months each, to provide additional learning opportunities and continuity.
  • No more than one third of the twelve-month PGY1 pharmacy residency program may deal with a specific patient disease state population (e.g. critical care, pediatrics.)
  • At least two-thirds of the year will consist of direct patient care activities.

Learning experiences

Baseline assessments and resident interests are used to formulate the resident’s learning experience schedule. Residency program director and preceptors will make every effort to accommodate a schedule based on the knowledge base, experience, and preferences of the resident. The schedule may be modified as needed to meet the needs of the resident. Residents are required to follow the expectations set forth by individual rotation preceptors and contained within each learning experience description.


  • Hospital & Pharmacy Orientation is a required learning experience that takes place during the first month of the residency program.
  • Residents are required to complete a 5 day hospital orientation in advance of the official start date of residency. The orientation includes incoming residents of all specialties (e.g. internal medicine residents, dental residents, etc.) at JSUMC and promotes collaboration among the disciplines.
  • BLS/ACLS training as well as an overview of HR policies, library services, ethics, infection control, patient safety, and other important topics are included.
  • A general pharmacy orientation shall take place and residents will also train and learn the operational aspects of the pharmacy.
  • The requirements for successful completion of the residency will be reviewed.
  • The resident, preceptors, and residency program director will work to identify potential resident projects. The project and preceptor(s) must be identified during orientation month.

Core Concentrated Rotations (required)

  • Hospital & Pharmacy Orientation
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Leadership and Practice Management
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Quality Improvement and Research
  • Transitions of Care

Core Longitudinal Rotations (required)

  • Medication Safety / Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Quality Improvement and Research
  • Teaching, Education, Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Transitions of Care

Elective Rotations

  • Academia and Teaching
  • Advanced Core Rotations
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Neurosurgical and Trauma Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care

Each resident will be paired with a preceptor as their residency mentor for the year. The mentor will meet with the resident routinely and will provide guidance to the resident as needed. The mentor shall assess the ability of the resident to meet the requirements by established deadlines and work with the resident to assure satisfactory completion. The mentor also oversees and facilitates the quarterly developmental plan review meetings for that resident.