Pharmacy Practice Residency

For more information, please call 304.526.2316

Welcome to the CHH Pharmacy Residency Program

Position Summary

This position is a one-year, structured post-graduate education and training program. The residency position provides advanced knowledge and skills regarding drug therapy and pharmacy services in a hospital setting. The pharmacy resident is a pharmacist in training who provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care through integrated drug distribution, clinical services and teaching.

  • Residents must have a PharmD degree from an accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Experience in unit dose and IV admixtures is desirable.
  • Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of West Virginia.
  • Evidence of above-average academic performance and professional activities is desirable.

The major job responsibilities of this position include clinical interventions, leadership, drug distribution and providing educational services. The following activities are components of the position to assist in meeting the major job responsibilities:

  • Maintains competency in unique aspects of drug therapy, including factors related to patient demographics
  • Provides pharmaceutical care by assisting physicians or providing direct patient care by:
    • Reviewing patient medication history
    • Reviewing patient medication profiles and making recommendations for drug therapy management
    • Interpreting laboratory data in context with medication use
    • Developing pharmacotherapeutic plans
    • Implementing new drug regimens
    • Monitoring patient outcomes in concert with medication use
    • Determining alternatives for achieving outcomes
    • Educating patients on drug therapy
    • Documenting medication-related issues in patient medical records
    • Monitoring pharmacokinetics of drug therapy
    • Monitoring and preventing potential adverse drug-drug and drug-food interactions
    • Preventing and monitoring medication errors
  • Makes patient care rounds, focusing on drug therapy issues
  • Precepts pharmacy clerkship students consistent with academic credentials and clinical experience
  • Conducts target drug programs and medication use evaluations as needed and reports results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Detects, monitors, documents and reports adverse drug reactions and medication errors
  • Promotes the use of the formulary by converting non-formulary orders to formulary when possible, but coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary
  • Counsels patients on admission or discharge medications as necessary
  • Participates in the drug therapy management of medical emergencies by responding to Code Blues and traumas, and prepares medications as needed
  • Discusses medication order clarifications with the prescriber, documents any changes in patient and pharmacy records and informs others of medication order changes
  • Performs duties within the drug distribution process
  • Provides presentations, publications and other informative activities on drug-related topics to the healthcare community and the general public
  • Documents clinical interventions (pharmacokinetic consultations, pharmacotherapeutic consultations, anticoagulation consultations, patient consultations) and cost avoidance as part of the Pharmacy services and hospital documentation programs
  • Provides drug information to healthcare professionals and to patients
  • Reviews physician orders for possible therapeutic problems, contraindications, interactions, allergies and formulary status of the drug
  • Participates in continuing education programs, meetings, training programs, journal clubs and related activities
  • Is able to practice in a variety of areas within the pharmacy as required by workload
Patient Population

The resident provides pharmaceutical care to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.

About Cabell Huntington Hospital

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a regional referral center offering a multitude of services including a Level II joint trauma center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an oncology center, a Burn Intensive Care Unit and pediatric, surgical and medical intensive care units. Cabell Huntington is affiliated with the Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Type: Hospital Non-professional Staff: 21
Owner/Affiliation: Private Total Beds: 313
Model Type(s): Teaching Average Daily Census: 260
Professional Staff: 27 Number of Medical Centers: One

Pharmacy Residency Rotations

Our hospital's first Pharmacy, circa 1956

The resident is required to complete 12 months of practice experience rotations during the residency for successful completion. Rotations are determined by program requirements, resident’s interests and personal and professional goals for completing their residency program.

Residents are expected to function independently and demonstrate proficiency throughout the rotation as documented on evaluations. Preceptors are responsible for ensuring that rotation and program goals and objectives are met through specific activities to be completed during the rotation as well as providing mentorship and teaching the principles of pharmacy practice through incorporation of the four teaching models (instructing, modeling, coaching, and facilitating). The preceptor is responsible for providing the resident with the rotation syllabus, establishing a schedule and providing ongoing feedback and timely evaluations. In the event a rotation does not have a pharmacy preceptor, the primary preceptor will be designated by the RPD with the secondary preceptor being a pharmacy preceptor representative. 
The resident is responsible for communicating any scheduling conflicts, absences or issues concerning the rotation to the rotation preceptor and residency program director in a timely manner. The resident is expected to contact the rotation preceptor prior to starting the rotation to establish the expectations and goals for the rotation.

Types of Rotations

Core/required: Core rotations are 5-week rotations that provide the resident with essential skills that will meet the required goals and objectives of the residency program. Core rotations also offer the resident the opportunity to gain experience in diverse patient populations, a variety of disease states and a complex range of patient problems. Core rotations also provide the resident with the skills needed to perform independent learning on an elective rotation.

Elective: Elective rotations are either 2.5- or 5-week rotations that are offered to a resident to promote additional experience in an area of interest that will meet the resident's personal goals and objectives. Certain core rotations must be completed prior to assignment of an elective rotation. Non-pharmacy preceptor rotations are not to be assigned prior to January, unless discussed with the RPD. No more than one-third of the twelve-month residency program may deal with a specific patient population or practice area.

Longitudinal: Longitudinal rotations are completed independently with minimal direct oversight from a preceptor. Expectations and requirements of a longitudinal rotation are completed throughout the year, with evaluations of progress made on a quarterly basis.

PGY-1 Specific Rotations

Required Rotations (one month each)
  • Orientation/Distributive Services
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Pediatrics/Oncology (2.5 weeks each)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Ambulatory Care—VAMC
  • Geriatrics (Transitional Care Unit/Hospitalists)
Elective Rotations
  • Pediatrics/PICU/NICU
  • Nephrology
  • Surgery/Trauma
  • Family Practice
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Oncology

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Service/Staffing
  • Year-long Research Project
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Teaching Certification (available through MUSOP)

Because of the flexible nature of the residency, other rotations may be available depending on resources and interest.

Residency Benefits & Salary

Duration/Type: 12 month/residency
Number of Positions: Two
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $50,000

Special Features 

The PGY-1 residency program at Cabell Huntington Hospital will develop the resident into a well-rounded practitioner by providing experience in a variety of practice areas. Extensive clinical pharmacy services within a progressive environment provide the resident with active clinical preceptorship in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, surgery, trauma, neonatal, oncology,  infectious disease, nutrition, geriatrics, home health, drug information, ambulatory care and other specialties.

The residency program is designed to produce an individual with the knowledge and ability to become a highly competent practitioner and to foster within the resident the maturity and self-confidence needed to effectively communicate that knowledge and ability. A teaching certificate can be obtained through Marshall University School of Pharmacy.


Benefits include 10 days of vacation, sick leave, medical insurance, professional leave and $150 uniform allowance. Residents attend the annual ASHP Midyear Meeting and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

Staffing Responsibilities

Position: Resident Pharmacist

Time dedicated toward staffing: Every other weekend and 6.5 hours every other week during the day.

Hours: Saturday/Sunday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. plus 6.5 hours every other week as directed by preceptor during the week

Holidays: If the weekend falls on a holiday, the resident will work the holiday unless previously discussed with the Residency Program Director.

Weekday staffing: The resident will be assigned the duties of the U7 (Unit Dose) staff pharmacist and will perform responsibilities in accordance with that position.

Saturdays and Sundays: The resident is required to work every other weekend (Saturday/Sunday) with responsibilities for clinical consults and staffing. On Saturdays and Sundays, the resident will be responsible for new and existing TPN consults, new and existing Adult Pharmacokinetic consults, new and existing Warfarin consults and Code Blue/Trauma responses.


  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Parenteral nutrition (TPNs)
  • Coumadin (warfarin) monitoring
  • Drug information requests
  • Compounding (as needed)
  • Responding to all Code Blues, traumas and rapid response calls
  • Verifying CPOE orders and entering orders in Cerner
  • Assisting with QA if time allows

How To Apply/Contact Information

A drone's view of our campus

Application Requirements

  • Pharm D degree or equivalent experience
  • eligibility for West Virginia Licensure
  • college transcript
  • curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a letter of intent

Application deadline: January 15

Application materials are to be submitted through PhorCAS.


• Residency Program Director: Derek Grimm, PharmD, BCPS
304.526.2316 or
• Director of Pharmacy: Sherri D. Morgan, RPh, MHA
304.526.2102 or or fax 304.526.2101

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  • Last updated: 11/12/2015
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