All rotations are four weeks in length with the exception longitudinal experiences.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation/Training
  • Research Month
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care or Neonatology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Administration
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Ambulatory: Primary Care or Oncology
  • Longitudinal Research
  • Longitudinal Drug Distribution
  • Longitudinal Medication Use Evaluation

Elective Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatology/Pediatrics (If not done as requirement)
  • Critical Care (If not done as requirement)
  • Oncology (If not done as requirement)
  • Ambulatory Care (If not done as requirement)

Graduation & Certification

  • Upon successful completion of your PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital.
  • To successfully complete this residency, you must:
    • Contribute to providing the best patient care and to achieving the mission and goals of Pharmacy Services
    • Complete all evaluations in Pharmacademic including summative, preceptor and learning experience evaluations
    • Complete all activity reports
    • Meet the behavioral objectives for each rotation and for the program
    • Complete a research project and submit a manuscript for publication prior to June 1
    • Complete an MUE and present at ASHP and at the local Hillcrest P&T
    • Completion of 12 months of rotation and achieve at least 4 of 6 R goals with no “Needs Improvement” for any R goal
    • Present final research at the Ohio Residency Conference
    • Completion of one formulary review and presentation at a Cleveland Clinic P&T
    • Complete all weekend rotation requirements
    • Completed monthly rotation requirements (drug information question, informal case presentation, and either a journal club or formal case presentation)

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Graduates are eligible to take the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties' examinations in pharmacotherapy and are expected to do so in October following completion of the residency.

Curriculum Enhancements

Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland Clinic are committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed annually, as necessary, to assure the highest-quality training.

All readings for each of the rotations are provided to the residents in electronic form at the beginning of the residency. Readings are updated throughout the year and provided in electronic form to the residents as needed.


Residents are required to complete a research project in a pharmacy related topic. The resident will have the opportunity to complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) training and write and submit a research protocol to the IRB. The research projects will entail several months of work with a manuscript write-up upon completion of the project. The residents will present their proposals for research at Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists full meeting. The project may be: original research, a problem-solving exercise, development or enhancement of pharmacy services. The resident must adhere to the approved timeline for research to insure ultimate success. Final research results will be presented at the Ohio Residency Conference.