Pharmacy Residency

Reading Hospital's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program provides structured, advanced educational and training experiences to develop and enhance a pharmacist’s skills to provide pharmaceutical care to a diverse patient population in a health-system environment.

As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to successfully practice in patient care positions in a health-system environment or pursue entry into a PGY2 training program in the area of your choosing, and to achieve board certification. 

Our residency concept is that a pharmacy residency provides opportunity to accelerate professional growth in patient-centered care and pharmacy operational services, and further develops leadership skills. You will acquire substantial knowledge required for skillful problem solving, refine your problem-solving strategies, and strengthen your professional values and attitudes.

Our instructional emphasis is on the progressive development of clinical judgment, a process begun in the professional school years but requiring further extensive practice, self-reflection, and shaping of decision-making skills fostered by feedback on performance.  This residency year provides an environment for accelerated growth through supervised practice under the guidance of model practitioners.

About the Program

Reading Hospital offers an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency.

Program Design

The one-year PGY1 program is designed to extend pharmacists’ training in all aspects of institutional pharmacy practice, while remaining flexible to meet the individual resident’s needs and support the exploration of interest areas. The Reading Hospital Pharmacy Residency program is enrolled in the ASHP Resident Matching Program and is participating in PhORCAS with three PGY1 Pharmacy Resident positions available.

About Reading Hospital

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program is centered at Reading Hospital, a 679-bed acute care hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Reading Hospital is a unique setting, with the size and resources of a large tertiary care center balanced with the more personal attributes of a community hospital.  Heath grades has named Reading Hospital among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for 2017, receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for four consecutive years. US News & World Report recognized Reading Hospital as the 7th Ranked Hospital in Pennsylvania, with five adult specialties and six adult procedures/conditions highlighted for quality.

Reading Hospital is part of Tower Health, a six hospital healthcare system in southeastern Pennsylvania. Tower Health continually reinvests in the System, incorporating best practices and technology to support and ensure best patient care in an excellent working environment. Reading Hospital utilizes EPIC as the health information system across the continuum of care.

Pharmacy facilities integrate technologies including Omnicell Carousels, RIVA Robot, DoseEdge, Dispense Prep, MedBoard, Simplify797 and RxToolkit for the benefit of our patients and employees.

About the Pharmacy

The Pharmacy provides 24-hour service from both the central pharmacy and the STAT parenteral satellite located in the Emergency Department.  Pharmacy staff members provide service to the Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital and the Cancer Infusion Center from on-site pharmacies. A dedicated team of pharmacy technicians work in the Emergency Department to collect and verify medication and immunization histories prior to admission orders being written.  An on-site pharmacy supports the meds-to-beds concierge program and provides prescription medications for employees and members of the community.

Members of the pharmacy staff participate in multi-disciplinary rounds with teams from the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics and Pain Management. Dosing by pharmacy is an option available to providers on a variety of commonly prescribed parenteral antimicrobials including aminoglycosides, beta-lactams, vancomycin and acyclovir. Automatic conversion from parenteral to enteral routes of administration may be performed by pharmacists on approved medications. The Medical Staff, through the authority of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, has approved pharmacist dosing of anticoagulants and blood factor products.

Reading Hospital Department of Pharmacy is honored to serve as an APPE site for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University Colleges of Pharmacy.

To Apply: Please submit the standardized application material to Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

National Matching Services (NMS) Code:  205513

Recent Graduates & Testimonials

See what recent graduates and residents have to say about their experience with the Pharmacy program at Reading Hospital.

"...second-to-none."

“The professional mentorship offered by the Reading Hospital Pharmacy Residency is second-to-none. The preceptors not only supported my clinical knowledge and skills throughout the residency, but also continued to collaborate with me following my graduation from the program. Two progressive research projects from my residency were accepted for and presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Conference in 2016 and 2017. Faculty advisors from this residency guided me every step of the way and I was honored to be a proud ambassador for the program on a national level. I hope to emulate a similar spirit of guidance throughout my own pharmacy career.” – Paul Boylan, Pharm.D., BCPS - Assistant Professor - Larkin University College of Pharmacy, Class of 2016

"...invaluable to my professional career."

"Completing a pharmacy practice residency at Reading Hospital has been invaluable to me in my professional career.  Through residency, I gained tremendous confidence in my clinical knowledge and my ability to communicate pharmacotherapy recommendations to other members of the healthcare team. Residency challenged me to not only analyze treatment guidelines and new studies but also how to interpret and apply the findings to the appropriate patient populations. Furthermore, the flexibility provided by the Residency faculty during my training allowed me to focus on my areas of interests during my elective rotations.

"After completing my residency, I had the confidence to help start up the first pharmacy-driven outpatient anticoagulation clinic at the Reading Health System.  I continue to carry the skills and experiences I’ve obtained through my residency at Reading Health System with me now as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. " – Troy Gibson, PharmD, Class of 2013

"I started my training in a positive light..."

"Reading Hospital's PGY-1 residency helped lay an invaluable foundation for building my clinical career as an emergency medicine and critical care pharmacist. Through the interactions with clinical pharmacists and multidisciplinary teams, I was able to start my training as a clinical pharmacist in a positive light with an excellent education background provided by Reading Hospital's preceptors and experiences. The building blocks that this residency offered allowed for me to match into my top choice PGY-2 residency program and eventually become a successful clinical pharmacist at a major level 1 university trauma center.  " – Sharnae Stevens, PharmD, Class of 2014

Recent Graduates

2017

  • Rimmal Khan, PharmD – Ambulatory Clinical Specialist, Boston Medical Center
  • Sandra Rumyantsev, PharmD – PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Resident, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • Nissa Tasnim, PharmD – Pharmacist, Kindred Hospital and Adjunct Faculty, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

2016

  • Paul Boylan, PharmD, BCPS – Assistant Professor, Larkin University College of Pharmacy (PGY2, Transitions of Care)
  • Ken Trinh, PharmD – Clinical Staff Pharmacist, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg (PGY2, Critical Care)
2015
  • Caitlin Lozorak, Pharm.D. – Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital (PGY2, Pediatrics)
  • Kemeisha Taylor, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist, Christiana Hospital
2014
  • Katie Nesbitt, Pharm.D. – Clinical Staff Pharmacist III, Reading Hospital, Tower Health
  • Sharnae Stevens, Pharm.D. – Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg (PGY2, Critical Care)
2013
  • Vineeta Bhojani, Pharm.D. – Clinical Staff Pharmacist II, Reading Hospital, Tower Health
  • Troy Gibson, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)