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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Highland Pharmacy

Purpose of the Pharmacy Practice Residency

The Pharmacy Practice Residency at Highland Hospital is a 12-month, full-time curriculum that provides the essential elements needed to prepare a well-rounded, confident, and proficient clinical pharmacist for patient care positions, adjunct faculty opportunities, or for PGY2 training in the area of their choice. 

Download the PGY1 2017-2018 Information Pamphlet


The resident will function as a key member of the health care team and be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. The key program outcomes of our program will allow the graduate resident to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics

This intensive training involves the resident participating in the following activities:

  • Designing, recommending and managing drug treatment regimens for hospitalized patients in internal medicine and a variety of specialties
  • Playing a key role in the continuity of care of patients through medication reconciliation and discharge counseling
  • Participating in pharmacy practice management and patient safety activities to broaden the resident’s understanding of the role of pharmacy and its integration into the healthcare system
  • Exploring specialty areas of patient care through various electives, including up to 8 weeks of rotations at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Pharmacists completing the residency at Highland Hospital will have gained the skills necessary to be competent and confident practitioners of pharmaceutical care for patients. These pharmacists will develop the skills necessary to become valuable providers of education on medication therapy related topics to other health care professionals and patients . The resident will demonstrate professional maturity by developing and following a personal philosophy of excellence, monitoring his or her own performance and exhibiting a commitment to the profession of pharmacy.


This PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Its goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures are consistent with the goals and objectives established by ASHP

Curriculum - Rotation Schedule

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (8 weeks)
  • Critical Care (6 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (12 weeks)
  • Pharmacokinetics (2 weeks)
  • Transitions of Care (4 weeks)

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Management
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Patient/Medication Safety
  • Research

Elective Rotations (16 weeks total, 4 weeks per rotation)

  • Administration
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Anticoagulation
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

Two possible electives at the University of Rochester Medical Center

  • Burn/Trauma Intensive Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • HIV Infectious Diseases
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Specialty Pharmacy

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Huntress, Pharm.D.
Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue, Box 77
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (585) 341-6792
Fax: (585) 341-8491