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Pharmacy Program

Residency Training at ECU Health Medical Center

ECU Health Medical Center has a history of training pharmacy residents for over 25 years in hospital pharmacy, academia and research. Residents join a department that provides specialized, decentralized clinical services across nearly all specialties and populations. Pharmacists work collaboratively with physicians, physicians in training, advanced practice providers and nurses to provide care to patients with a wide range of clinical problems. The system also incorporates the latest technology to deliver leading-edge clinical care, including EPIC to provide CPOE, clinical decision support, MyChart and telemedicine initiatives. We offer a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency. Our programs are proud to offer residents a diverse and flexible pharmacy training experience with rotations in a variety of clinical areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Outside of rotations, what types of experiences can be gained from residency?

    A: We offer varied experiences for our residents including:



    • Each PGY1 resident will serve a 3-month term as the chief resident with many discussions/activities focused on promoting leadership
    • The PGY1 residents will work as a group on a project with an administrative leadership focus
    • The chief PGY1 residents will attend and participate in the weekly managers meetings to interface with departmental leadership


    • The PGY2 residents engage as active members in specialty-specific committees
    • The PGY2 residents gather data and lead quality initiatives for specialty-specific pharmacotherapy issues

    The PGY2 residents work on the creation of order sets and education for new practice initiatives


    • CE program(s)
    • Didactic lectures to pharmacy students and medical residents
    • Multiple presentations throughout the year to the pharmacy and medical staff
    • Formal journal clubs
    • Completion of a teaching certificate


    • Residents are expected to co-precept fourth year pharmacy students on several core rotations
  • Q: What types of projects do residents complete?

    A: At ECU Health Medical Center, we help our residents identify projects that are not only interesting to them, but ones that are relevant and pertinent to our department. To do this, we seek regular input from our pharmacy staff for project ideas and solicit ideas from the new residents that undergo review by a department research committee. During the residents' orientation month, the Research Committee works with the residents to select projects that are mutually beneficial. Residents complete ASHP required projects, including a Medication use evaluation (MUE), longitudinal projects in pharmacy management and other non-traditional projects, such as those involving informatics. View previous residency projects.

  • Q: What are the staffing requirements of the residency?

    A: The staffing portion of the residency requires that each resident staff an average of 32 hours per month (1 shift per week). We evaluate the staffing component each year to provide the most beneficial practice opportunities for our residents

  • Q: What have previous residents done post-residency?

    A: Previous ECU Health Medical Center PGY1 residents have gone on to further their training through PGY2 programs or fellowships, while others have obtained positions in academia or entered straight into clinical practice. Previous PGY2 residents have obtained positions in academic medical centers across the country. A full list of past residents is available here.

  • Q: What are you looking for in a potential candidate?

    A: An ideal ECU Health Medical Center residency candidate is self-motivated, possesses high academic standing and demonstrates commitment and ambition in their endeavors outside of the classroom. Successful candidates exude a positive attitude and proactively seek opportunities to grow through constructive feedback and challenging rotational experiences.

  • Q: How are residents selected?

    A: We will conduct either virtual or onsite interviews for the 2023-24 cycle based on ASHP’s recommendations in December/January. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

    All potential candidates are required to submit an application packet through PhORCAS by the deadline date. Upon review by the Residency Program Director and applicable preceptors, interviews are granted and are conducted during the months of January and February. A team of residency preceptors, departmental administrators, current residents and clinical/staff pharmacists interview each residency candidate. Once the interviews are complete, each candidate is evaluated and ranked by the entire interview committee. Final rankings are submitted to the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

  • Q: How is the resident's year organized?

    A: The resident's year is organized based on the requirements set forth by ASHP. The year is divided into two major components: required experiences (which include an orientation month and a research month) and elective experiences.

  • Q: How are your residents evaluated?

    A: Residents are formally evaluated after each clinical experience (required and elective) through the use of an online tool called PharmAcademic that was created for use by ASHP. Residents are also evaluated quarterly by the Residency Program Director for overall progress towards the goals set forth at the beginning of residency. In addition to these formal evaluations, residents receive informal feedback throughout the year.

  • Q: What is the cost of living in Greenville?

    A: Greenville boasts a very affordable cost of living and has an abundance of safe and economical apartment complexes strategically located near the medical center. Average monthly rentals range from $750 to $1250 per month. Utilities can vary depending on the housing arrangement but usually the cost does not exceed $200 to $400 per month. Professional real estate assistance is available for those residents that choose to purchase a home.

  • Q: What additional resources are available to residents?

    A: ECU Health Medical Center residents are provided private office space located in the pharmacy administration suite. Each resident is supplied with a laptop computer for use during the residency year. In addition, residents have easy access to office supplies, printer, copier and fax machine as needed. ECU Health Medical Center provides parking at no charge and all meals from the hospital cafeteria are discounted for employees.

  • Q: What happens during orientation?

    A: ECU Health Medical Center orientation takes place in two parts. The first part is a general orientation for all new employees that describes the values and the mission of the health system as well as orients employees to the rules and regulations of the hospital. This is also the time at which new employees enroll in their benefits package. The second part of the orientation process relates specifically to the operation of the pharmacy department. During the month of July, residents interact with a variety of pharmacy staff in centralized and decentralized locations. Extensive time is spent on the operation and functionality of our integrated CPOE system. Resident orientation generally focuses on positioning the residents to successfully navigate the department while staffing. Interspersed throughout the month are multiple meetings regarding projects, committees and the general "meet and greet" of all preceptors.