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Pharmacy Residency Program

Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy PGY-1 Residency Program

The Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy PGY1 Residency program is the newest addition to Rochester General’s longstanding residency programs in Medicine, OB/GYN, Radiology, and Dentistry. Our program prepares confident, independent pharmacist practitioners who demonstrate a commitment to a patient-centered practice in an acute care setting. The program assists these individuals in developing such fundamental skills as life-long learning, self-assessment, and communication, so that they may emerge from the program as leaders in their profession.

RGH Pharmacy residents learn in a setting that embraces teamwork – both within the department and throughout the hospital. In our 12-month, full-time program, residents receive training in essential elements that allow them to become key members of a comprehensive health care team. These elements include:

  • Managing and improving the medication-use process
  • Providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercising leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrating project management skills
  • Providing medication and practice-related education and training
  • Utilizing medical informatics

About the RGH Department of Pharmacy

Our department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our department has a 797 compliant IV admixture room and uses medication dispensing stations throughout the hospital which are fully integrated into the hospital's electronic medication system, part of the hospital's electronic medical record system. Enhanced clinical pharmacy services are provided in internal medicine / surgery, antimicrobial stewardship, critical care, anticoagulation and emergency medicine. Learn about the RGH Department of Pharmacy Preceptors +Rochester General Hospital

About RGH / RGHS

Rochester General Hospital is the flagship affiliate of Rochester General Health System, regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in a broad range of health care services. Learn more about our health system +


The Rochester General Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency has candidate status with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.  


Required Rotations:

  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases / Stewardship
  • Medical / Surgical
  • Patient Centered Admission Team
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacy Staffing Practice

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Pharmacy Staffing Practice
  • Pharmacy Topics Discussion Group
  • Teaching Certificate (optional)

Elective Rotations (list not all-inclusive)

The resident has the choice of three elective rotations, each one month long.  Elective rotations include:

  • Academic internal medicine
  • Ambulatory care
  • Anticoagulation
  • Critical care
  • Infectious disease
  • Oncology


Competitive stipend, medical and dental insurance, vacation time, and travel reimbursement to professional meetings.

Requirements for Admission

  • Graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited college of pharmacy
  • New York State Pharmacy Intern Permit
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in New York State

How to Apply

The Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy’s residency program utilizes ASHP PhORCAS for applications at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas

For More Information

Bob Reiss, Pharm.D. MPA
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator & Residency Director
Department of Pharmacy