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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers a 12-month, PGY1 pharmacy residency. The goal of the residency is to develop the resident's skills and competency in providing patient-centered care as part of multi-disciplinary teams. We develop pharmacist clinicians for patient care positions, adjunct faculty or faculty positions, or PGY2 training. Education and training will involve patients in the ambulatory care and acute care settings. Research and continuing educational activities are encouraged and are made available to the resident.

Residency Program Specifics

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of Positions: 5
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Starting Date: July 1
  • Estimated Stipend: $41,166

Basic Requirements

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an ACPE-Accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Licensure may be through any U.S. State Board of Pharmacy
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Application, Curriculum Vitae, Academic Transcripts, Letter of Intent, and Three Letters of Reference
  • On-site interview

Following orientation in July, the residency is made up of core experiences and elective experiences.

Core Experiences: 9 months - all PGY1 residents

  • Orientation
  • Primary Care- PACT Clinic
  • Primary Care 2- additional PACT, Home Based Primary Care, Pharmacy Impact Clinic
  • Anticoagulation
  • Inpatient Adult Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Specialty 1- Pain or Infectious Disease
  • P&T Committee/Administration
  • December: Project Month

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Adverse Drug Event Reporting
  • Drug Information/Formulary Management
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Research Project
  • Staffing (22-30 hrs/month, paid) 

Elective Experiences: 3 months

Inpatient-based electives:

  • CLC (Impatient community living center)
  • Inpatient Adult Medicine II
  • Critical Care II
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Mental Health

Ambulatory Care-based electives:

  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Specialty Clinics*
    • Geriatrics Clinic
    • Anemia Clinic
    • Infectious Diseases/HIV Clinic
    • Endocrinology Clinic & DM Teaching Class
    • Rheumatology Clinic
    • Neurology Clinic
    • Pain Clinic
    • Mental Health
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Cardiology/Pulmonary
    • Transplant Clinic

*Specialty clinics generally meet on certain days of the week, therefore, 2-3 specialty clinics are often combined into a month-long rotation.

Requirements to receive Residency Certificate

  • Meet all ASHP PGY1 Residency Requirements, including achieving all six of the required outcomes.
  • Satisfactory completion of all rotational experiences.
  • Completion of a service or research project with a manuscript acceptable for publication or presentation.
  • The residency project will be presented formally at the Southeastern Residency Conference.
  • Active participation in the successful completion of a Medication Use Evaluation.
  • Presentation of a Seminar at SC College of Pharmacy, MUSC Campus, or VA Medical Center.
  • Compliance with all institutional and departmental policies.
  • Participation in the PharmD student teaching activities of the department.
  • Completion of staffing commitment of 16-20 hours per month.
  • Active participation and presentation in monthly topic/case discussion series.
  • Active participation and presentation in Journal Club.
  • Active participation in the recruitment efforts of the department.


Residents have the opportunity to participate in the teaching certificate program at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, MUSC Campus. The college will award a "certificate of academic preparation" at completion of the program.

  • Precepting students
  • Preparing a teaching portfolio
  • Active Learning Techniques
  • Interviewing for an academic position
  • Small group facilitation
  • Writing multiple choice questions
  • Constructing and evaluating an exam
  • Assessment techniques and constructing assessment/evaluation tools
  • Designing a course


  • Four hours vacation and sick leave earned per pay period (every two weeks)
  • Paid administrative leave for educational meetings
  • Pharmacist salary for staffing hours (separate from residency stipend)
  • Health and Life insurance available
  • Free parking

Chief of Pharmacy


Sharon Castle, Acting Assistant Director

Sharon Castle Pharm D., BCPS

Acting, Assistant Director

VA Charleston health care

Phone: 843-789-6190

Program Director


Cristina Elgin Plemmons Pharm.D., BCPS

Supervisor, ACC Pharmacy Service

VA Charleston health care

Phone: 843-818-5100 ext 404334