Will I need an Ohio pharmacy license?

Pharmacy Services/PGY1 & PGY2 Pharmacy Residency.

What if I need a leave of absence?

What situations will cause a resident to be dismissed from the program and what is the policy regarding resident dismissal?

How does the program manage duty hours and what documentation is required?

Do I attend professional conferences throughout the residency?

Yes, Pharmacy PGY1 residents will attend the ASHP Midyear meeting and the Ohio Residency Conference. Residents will also be highly encouraged to attend the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists meeting and other local pharmacy organizations that they have an interest in.

Does Hillcrest Hospital support travel to conferences?

Hillcrest Hospital will reimburse Pharmacy PGY1 residents for travel to and from the ASHP midyear meeting and the Ohio Residency Conference.

How are residents evaluated?

Residents are evaluated utilizing Pharmacademic. An evaluation about the resident’s progress will be done weekly. Summative evaluations are completed within 5 days of completing a rotation. Residents will also be evaluated quarterly by the Program Director, and by preceptors who are working with residents in longitudinal experiences such as Research and Ambulatory Medicine.

Residents will be given a pre and a post test for each rotation to assess their progression in clinical knowledge.  

How often does the resident meet with the RPD?

Formally, the RPD meets bi-weekly with the residents for the first 2 months and then monthly but the RPD has an open door policy as well.

What projects or presentations are required in addition to daily clinical activities?

Residents will be responsible for one research project throughout the year as well as one MUE. For each rotation, the residents will have the opportunity to complete a journal club or formal presentation; one to two informal patient case presentations; A minimum of 6 formal DI questions will be completed during the residency year, with no more than 1 per clinical rotation.

What other educational opportunities are available?

Several educational opportunities are available to Pharmacy PGY1 residents including attendance at Medical Grand Rounds specific to the rotation the resident is currently on, as well as sessions on various rotations where physicians teach the house staff during or following rounds. Finally, Cleveland Clinic and Hillcrest Hospital offer an extensive selection of classes for staff with a lecture series to improve almost any weakness (teaching, communication, presentation, computer skills, etc.).

Residents across the system will meet once a month with the Chief Pharmacy Officer of Cleveland Clinic to discuss recent administration related publications or enhance strengths.

What teaching opportunities are available at Hillcrest Hospital?

Pharmacy PGY1 residents will have the opportunity to precept students from various pharmacy schools throughout the United States. 

Is the residency accredited?

Yes, the residency has been an ASHP accredited residency since 2007. The program recently received an 8-year accreditation through 2027.

How many residents will be selected?

We select two residents each year.

Does this program participate in the match?

Yes, we participate in the match.

When is the application deadline?

ALL application materials are due on or before January 4. All information must be available by the respective date listed in PHORCAS.

Does Cleveland Clinic, Hillcrest provide employment-based non-immigration visa sponsorship for pharmacy residency programs?

Residency applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States. Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not sponsor applicants for work Visas.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate OPT (Optional Practical Training) Visas for the Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program as the program extends beyond 12 months.

The Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program does not meet the qualifications of an OPT STEM employer because Cleveland Clinic is not enrolled in E-Verify.

Is an interview required?

Yes, an on-site interview is required. We will also screen potential applicants utilizing Skype and Facetime before an on-site interview is provided. Hillcrest Department of Pharmacy will offer an on-site meet and greet for potential residents in mid-December.

When will interviews take place?

Interviews will take place starting the last week of January and end the last week of February.

When does the residency begin and end?

The Residency will begin in mid-June and no later than July 1. It will end at the end of June each year.

What is the stipend?

The stipend is $49,000.

How much vacation time is available?

Per residency year, each resident has 14 “time off” days. A “Time off” days may be used for 1) illness or personal time, 2) licensure requirements [reciprocity hearing or taking the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and/or jurisprudence exam(s) for licensure in Ohio], or 3) interviewing for PGY2 residencies or jobs.

Will the residency program be showcased at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Yes, the residency is showcased at the ASHP midyear if Cleveland Clinic is attending. The Hillcrest residency program will be showcased with all Cleveland Clinic residency programs.

How will this residency prepare me for board certification?

In addition to the critical thinking skills you develop during patient care, the required rotations of Hillcrest Hospital's Pharmacy PGY1 residency offer an excellent preparation for the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) exam. The program also includes an evidence base medicine course and review for statistics. The program also includes research lectures to assist with statistical knowledge.