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Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital

Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital

Program Director: Andy Grimone, PharmD, BCPS
Accreditation: ASHP
Program Length: 1 year (PGY1)
Residents per year: 3
Start date: July 1
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About the program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Vincent builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Vincent is designed to develop skills in acute patient care, drug information, hospital pharmacy operations and leadership.

The residency provides an opportunity to develop skills while working in a collaborative environment involving pharmacy, nursing and the medical staff. The pharmacy resident will provide patient care through staffing, patient counseling, rounding services, and pharmacy consultative services. The resident will provide educational programs to pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and the community. The resident will also have involvement in drug information, quality improvement activities, medication distribution, automated medication delivery systems, use of electronic software, database management, community service and administrative and regulatory activities (e.g., Joint Commission rules and regulations). The resident will also be required to complete a project during the residency.

Program competency areas

The following areas of competency are taught and evaluated throughout the one year residency

(1) patient care;
(2) advancing practice and improving patient care;
(3) leadership and management; and,
(4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge.

Standard Rotation Schedule:

Required rotations:

  • Staffing (two rotations)
  • Pharmacy consultative services/Collaborative practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics/Neonatology
  • Medication/Patient Safety
  • Residency project

Elective rotations: one elective rotation per year

  • Teaching/Academia
  • Palliative Care
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Resident may repeat a required rotation listed above for additional experience

Saint Vincent Department of Pharmacy Services

The Saint Vincent Department of Pharmacy currently employs 47 full-time equivalents with 30 Pharmacists, 18 supportive personnel (technicians) and 7 pharmacy messengers. This staff includes the Director of Pharmacy, 20 staff pharmacists, 2 managers, 6.5 full time clinical pharmacists and 3 pharmacy residents. The Pharmacy Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A brief description of the Pharmacy Department follows:

Distributive Services - Inpatient

  • Fully decentralized unit-based drug distribution system house wide (Pyxis MedStation®)
  • Computerized pharmacy operation and patient information system (McKesson®)
  • Decentralized pharmacy service units in critical care areas (ICU/CNICU) and two medical/surgical wards (8N/6N)
  • 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year service
  • IV admixture program for large and small volume parenterals and chemotherapy

Drug information and clinical services

  • Five full-time and one part-time inpatient clinical pharmacy specialists
  • Clinical pharmacy services include rounding in several areas with nurses and physicians, drug consultations, educational programs, drug use evaluations and quality improvement projects
  • Computerized drug information database (Lexi-Comp®, Up-to-Date®)
  • Automated pharmacist intervention documentation program (TheraDoc®)
  • Nutritional support (TPN) service
  • Anticoagulation and anti-thrombotic monitoring service
  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring service
  • Pain management/Palliative care service
  • ED pharmacist
  • Adverse Drug Reaction monitoring program
  • Target drug intervention programs (e.g. IV to PO switch, renal dosing; obesity dosing)
  • Active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee part of the Allegheny Health Network P&T

Academic affiliations

The Pharmacy Department has affiliations with several colleges of pharmacy including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh and Ohio Northern University. Both general hospital pharmacy and clinical pharmacy clerkship rotations are offered for students from these schools.

Salary: $42,500 per year


To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Licensed or license eligibility by the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy during the upcoming residency year.
  • Participate in an on-site interview at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pennsylvania.

The application process is as follows:

All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS which can be accessed at https://portal.phorcas.org. The following information is required:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest (include primary area of clinical interest)
  • Transcripts (Doctor of Pharmacy program only)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation/references submitted using the provided form on PhORCAS

Contact us

Andy Grimone, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)
Pharmacy Residency Director
Saint Vincent Hospital
232 West 25th Street
Erie, PA 16544

Phone: (814) 452-5489

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