Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, 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. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women's specialty services.

Program Overview

This ASHP-accredited Post Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program consists of 12 months of professional practice learning experience. The PGY-1 residency program's goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures are established to be consistent with the standards developed by ASHP. The program allows residents to train and develop expertise in an acute care teaching facility focused on direct patient care and research/performance improvement. This program allows flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual resident, while providing the foundation for practice in multiple roles within the healthcare system. Each resident shall also complete the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program via Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Graduating residents will be prepared for successful practice in various patient care positions, adjunct faculty positions and PGY-2 training in an area of their choice.

Resident Responsibilities

The major responsibilities of this residency include: therapy optimization, clinical interventions, medication education, drug distribution, patient counseling, leadership, medication safety and research. In addition to actively participating in all the requirements of the scheduled clinical rotation, residents will:

  • Participate in various hospital meetings corresponding to the scheduled rotation as well as longitudinally.
  • Attend national, state, and/or local pharmacy meetings and conventions.
  • Collaborate with a preceptor to complete a well-designed research project that will be presented both locally and nationally.
  • Complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) and a drug monograph to develop an understanding of the medication use process.
  • Prepare and present one ACPE-approved continuing education program to pharmacy staff within Hackensack Meridian Health.
  • Present journal club articles to the pharmacy clinicians and medical residents.
  • Provide education to pharmacy staff on new medications and/or processes.
  • Have a service commitment designed to ensure that he/she gains experience and can function as a pharmacy specialist. This includes approximately 32 hours per month as a staff pharmacist providing pharmaceutical distributive services in a de-centralized staffing model.
  • Participate in the residency recruiting efforts of the department.
  • Precept Doctor of Pharmacy students on experiential training rotations under the supervision of the preceptor
  • Participate in teaching opportunities at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.

Educational Curriculum

Core Rotations:

  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Leadership and Practice Management
  • Management and Medication Safety
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Transitions of Care

Elective Rotations:

  • Academia & Teaching
  • Advanced Core Rotations
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Neuro-Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care