Pharmacy Residency FAQs
What types of pharmacy careers does St. Peter’s residency prepare residents for?
The purpose of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Peter’s Hospital is to prepare pharmacist clinicians for health-system pharmacy practice, adjunct faculty positions or to pursue PGY-2 training in a focused area of practice. The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Peter’s Hospital seeks to develop a pharmacist into a more highly trained, competent and confident health-system pharmacy practitioner. The resident will exhibit commitment to the advancement of the profession while building a solid foundation for further development of advanced clinical pharmacy practice skills. (back to top)
How large is St. Peter’s Hospital?
St. Peter’s Hospital is a 442 bed acute facility with services in Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Hematology/ Oncology, Women’s & Children's Services and others. With 5,000 employees and a budget of more than $600 million, St. Peter's is one of the Capital Region's largest employers and one of the largest health care organizations in upstate New York. (back to top)
What is the difference between St. Peter’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Health Partners?
St. Peter’s Hospital is a component corporation of St. Peter’s Health Partners, a multi-dimensional health system servicing northeastern New York State at over 125 different locations with over 13,000 employees. St. Peter’s Health Partners encompasses all levels of care and is comprised of 5 acute care hospitals, an integrated home care program, rehabilitation program, long-term care, Community Hospice, Inc. and much more. (back to top)
Can you tell me about your program, including how many applicants will be accepted into your upcoming class?
Four applicants will be accepted into our PGY1 pharmacy practice program. We do not offer PGY2 specialty residency training positions at this time. (back to top)
When was the program at St. Peter’s developed?
Clinical pharmacy and a clinical student teaching affiliation with Albany College of Pharmacy started in the early 1970’s. The pharmacy department is an active IPPE and APPE site for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and other Colleges/School of Pharmacy. A pharmacy practice residency training program was first established as non-accredited hospital pharmacy residency program from 1992 to 1999 and graduated several pharmacists. The original residency program did not recruit from 2000 to 2011. The pharmacy department resumed residency training with the ASHP accredited residency program in 2012. (back to top)
Where are your former residents practicing now?
Recent graduates of our PGY1 residency program have assumed a variety of roles in acute care and other clinical practice settings as well as successful BCPS credentialing. Previous graduates have assumed a variety of diverse leadership roles in various professional settings. (back to top)
What clinical and specialized service does your department offer?
We offer clinical services in Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Cardiac, Antimicrobial Stewardship & Infectious Diseases, Pain Management, Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Oncology services. (back to top)
How is pharmaceutical care supported at your institution?
The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to create an environment that enables pharmacists to:
- Provide Pharmaceutical Care focused on achieving positive patient outcomes through drug therapy;
- Offer high-quality pharmaceutical services that foster the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of drug use;
- Contribute to programs and services that emphasize the health needs of the public and the prevention of disease; and
- Promote pharmacy as an essential component of the health-care team. (back to top)
Becoming a NYS Licensed Pharmacist
Do I have to be a NYS Registered Pharmacy Intern to enter the program?
All matched residents that are not a NYS Licensed Pharmacist prior to starting the residency program MUST obtain a NYS Pharmacy Limited (Intern) Permit and supply a copy to the Residency Program Director prior to June 1 of the residency program. Failure to have a valid NYS Pharmacy Limited (Intern) Permit will result in dismissal from the program. (see http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pharm/pharminternpermit.htm) (back to top)
What is required for licensure in New York?
Licensure in New York requires the completion of NAPLEX, MPJE - NY, and Part III compounding examination. Application for licensure must be submitted to the New York Education Department along with payment of the corresponding fee.
Part III examination may be waived using Pharmacist Form 4B: “Certification of Completion of Pharmacy Practice Residency Competencies":
- More information regarding licensure may be found at: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pharm/pharmlic.htm
- The St. Peter's Hospital pharmacy residency program will conduct an objective assessment of pharmacy practice competencies in the initial stage of foundational residency training. Entering residents are requested to refresh expertise in sterile product preparation and technique, non-sterile compounding preparation and technique, performing dosing calculations including infusion drip-rates, medication safety procedures, including, but not limited to, identifying potential look-alike and sound-alike drugs and other medication error prevention techniques.
- Upon successful completion of the objective assessment, St. Peter's Hospital will submit Pharmacist 4B, certifying competence necessary for the Part III compounding examination for qualifying residents. See Pharmacist Form 4B at: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pharm/pharm4b.pdf
Do I have to take the NYS Board of Pharmacy Part III Compounding Examination?
Part III examination may be waived using Pharmacist Form 4B: “Certification of Completion of Pharmacy Practice Residency Competencies".
If the candidate has unsuccessfully attempted passage of NYS Board of Pharmacy Part III Compounding Examination prior to acceptance into the SPH Residency Program, then the candidate MUST successfully pass NYS Board of Pharmacy Part III Compounding Examination to successfully be licensed as a Pharmacist n NYS. Pharmacist Form 4B: “Certification of Completion of Pharmacy Practice Residency Competencies" cannot be used to certify passage of Part III. The resident candidate should discuss individual situations with the Residency Program Director, Director of Pharmacy or NYS Board of Pharmacy during the interview process. (back to top)
When do I have to be a NYS Licensed Pharmacist?
All residents MUST be a NYS Licensed Pharmacist within 90 days of start of the residency program. (back to top)
About Our Program
What rotations are required to complete your program?
Modeled after medical training, each resident will undergo 12 months of long learning experiences, rotating through required direct patient care, longitudinal and some elective experiences.
Required patient care rotations:
- Internal Medicine
- Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
- Emergency Medicine
- Surgery and Pain Management
- Intensive Care and Emergency Response
- Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
- Pharmacy Practice Management
- Major Research Project or Practice Improvement Project
- Teaching and Learning Program (back to top)
What elective rotations are available?
Two elective learning experiences are available to each resident. Choices vary depending on availability, but typically include Oncology, Ambulatory Care – Rheumatology, Pharmacy Practice Improvement, Pharmacy Administration, and others. (back to top)
How are residents evaluated?
At the beginning of each rotation residents receive a list of goals and objectives and residents and preceptors address individualized resident learning desires. During the rotation experience, they receive formative feedback provided by the preceptor. At the end of the rotation, they meet with a preceptor to review their performance. We provide a written report assessing residents using ASHP approved PharmAcademic. For longitudinal rotations, a written evaluation is provided quarterly. On a quarterly basis, the director of the residency program provides residents with an evaluation of their progress based on preceptor's comments and an individualized training plan, which is amended as required. (back to top)
What teaching opportunities are there for residents?
To foster knowledge and skill development in various aspects of teaching, St. Peters requires the resident to participate in the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) Teaching and Learning Program (TLP) for Residents/Fellows. The comprehensive, longitudinal experience begins with a didactic, web-based curriculum. The second part of the program involves co-precepting APPE students, presenting classroom lectures, facilitating small group learning, and other leadership experiences conducted with an ACPHS faculty mentor. As an ACPHS affiliated institution, residents are enrolled in the TLP program free of charge. However, residents may incur travel costs to complete the required live teaching experiences at the ACPHS campus. (back to top)
The pharmacy department is an active student teaching site for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and other Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy. The resident has the opportunity to strengthen preceptor skills outside the TLP by working with APPE students on various clinical educational experiences. (back to top)
Is research required?
Utilizing a flipped research program, residents are required to design, conduct and evaluate a major project related to an aspect of pharmacy practice, a required longitudinal learning experience. A final written manuscript is required for successful completion of the research/project and required for residency program completion.
The resident has the opportunity to be involved in other research activiities conducted by the Department of Pharmacy. (back to top)
Is staffing required?
Yes, consistent with the ASHP Commission on Credentialing standards, the PGY1 residency experience is primarily a practical experience in delivering the highest quality patient centered, pharmacy care service. Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects in the provision of pharmaceutical care. Residents will staff one half-shift per week and one weekend per month. Responsibilities include patient care, consultation and distribution services. (back to top)
Compensation and Benefits
What is the stipend?
A PGY1 resident stipend is $48,000 plus benefits. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency position is classified as an exempt employee. (back to top)
Are residents eligible for benefits?
Residents receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health care, dental, contribution to tax-deferred retirement program, educational allowance, travel allowance, cafeteria discount, and paid time off during the residency year. (back to top)
Do residents receive vacation time?
Sixteen days of paid leave are awarded to each resident. Days may be used for personal time, holidays, vacation, and interview days. (back to top)
Is funding available for residents to attend professional meetings?
Funding support is provided for residents to attend the ASHP mid-year clinical meeting, and New York State Resident and Preceptor Forum. Importantly, ACLS and numerous other training opportunities are available free of charge through SPH Education Department. (back to top)
Do residents have library privileges?
Residents have access to both the St. Peter’s Hospital Medical Library and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Library. (back to top)
Is office space available to residents?
Residents are provided a desktop computer with desk and cabinets in a designated office space within the pharmacy department. (back to top)
Do residents have parking privileges?
Free parking is available, providing convenient and safe access to the hospital. (back to top)
Albany life style and surroundings
How do locals enjoy socializing and down time in Albany?
Albany, the capital of New York State, is located on the west bank of the Hudson River, approximately 150 miles north of New York City. It is included in the "Capital District" along with Schenectady and Troy, encompassing four counties with a population of over 600,000.
The Capital District hosts the New York State Museum, the New York State Theatre Institute, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Capital Repertory Company, Proctor’s Theater and a number of galleries and historical sites. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the summer musical venue for pop, rock, jazz and other musical groups. An array of year-round outdoor activities abound. Fishermen and water enthusiasts will find miles of lakes, ponds and streams throughout the area. Hiking and biking trails, golf courses, tennis courts, parks and general recreational areas are plentiful. New York and adjacent Vermont boasts the most alpine skiing slopes in the nation including the state's prominent Olympic site at Lake Placid within a short distance for day trip skiing adventure. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice-skating provide additional winter sporting opportunities. Additionally, Albany is just a short drive to the historic Saratoga Thoroughbred Race Track and the beautiful Adirondack National Park. (back to top)