FAQ

FAQ

Q. When was the residency program at Ohio State started?

Answer

The Ohio State University has a nearly 60-year history of excellence in training clinical and administrative residents, beginning with the hospital pharmacy residency started in 1959 by the late former director Dr. Clifton J. Latiolais. The residency was officially accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1963. OSU also became one of the first accredited community residency programs in 2000. The pharmacy leadership at The Ohio State University (OSU) have officially combined the residency programs at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) to offer one of the most comprehensive offerings of residency programs across the nation.


Q. In What settings do you offer residency programs?

Answer

PGY1 Programs

  • Acute (Hospital)
  • Ambulatory Settings
  • Community

Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA)

  • Acute (Hospital)
  • Community

PGY2 Programs

  • Ambulatory
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Informatics
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Pain and Palliative Care/Hospice


Q. Is research a required component of the residency program?

Answer

All residents completing an Ohio State University pharmacy residency are required to complete one major project during the residency year related to an aspect of pharmacy practice consistent with accreditation requirements. Residents will present their research findings at either the Great Lakes Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors or the Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference (OPRC) during the spring. Residents will also be expected to complete their manuscript prior to the conclusion of their respective residency program.


Q. What resources are available to assist the resident with their research projects?

Answer

Prior to the beginning of the residency, preceptors will develop and discuss a list of potential ideas that could be completed as a resident project. For some of the PGY2 residency programs, resident generation of research ideas is also encouraged. After selecting a research topic, the resident, residency program director, and project advisor will select an interdisciplinary project committee. Additionally, the residents attend a Resident Research Lecture Series presented by the Ohio State College of Pharmacy and OSUWMC Department of Pharmacy faculty, physicians who collaborate with pharmacists, and visiting professors who have demonstrated success in conducting research, grant writing, and publishing. These lectures provide the residents with the necessary foundational knowledge to begin their project. Finally, all residents are granted the opportunity to partner with a biostatistician for their project. This resource is incredibly helpful in assisting the resident with study design, sample size determination, and final statistical analysis of the results.


Q. Are teaching opportunities available for residents? Is a teaching certificate available and/or required?

Answer

Ohio State residents have several teaching opportunities which may include: acquiring a teaching certificate, serving as a primary preceptor for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), assisting the primary preceptor for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) (ex. topic discussions, patient review, etc.), lecturing in PharmD curriculum, developing mini cases, and teaching case based workshops. All residents have the opportunity to participate in a 2 day teaching workshop in August. Teaching opportunities may vary from year to year dependent on the residents’ interest and the needs of the College of Pharmacy. In addition to the teaching certificates, academic rotations which focus on classroom preparation and direct instruction are available.


Q. Are there specific things you are looking for in an application or during an onsite interview?

Answer

The process of screening, interviewing, and ranking residency candidates involves an initial review of application materials and if applicable, a phone and/or onsite interview. During that process, the RPD and associated interview team will evaluate your qualifications, background, work experiences, extracurricular activities, research experience, and overall “fit” with the particular residency program. We will also encourage you to actively engage with current residents who will provide an excellent perspective on the nuances of a particular residency program. Our overall goal is to ensure we have a good “match” in which the needs of both the program and the candidate are aligned.


Q. What is the salary? Are moving expenses provided? Is funding available for residents to attend professional meetings?

Answer

The stipend for PGY1 residents is $41,000 and $42,000 for PGY2 residents. Residents receive a comprehensive health benefits package which includes health care, prescription coverage, and optional dental and eye care. Residents are granted paid vacation time and ill time as appropriate. Financial support is provided for residents to attend the ASHP Midyear and Great Lakes Residency Conference or Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference. Additional funding may also be available to participate in other professional meetings depending on departmental budget.


Q. What is the procedure to schedule an on-site interview?

Answer

All applications must be complete and submitted by January 6, 2017. Applicant review will occur during the months of January and February. Most candidates are notified of their application status prior to February 15 of each year. On site interviews occur from late January through February.


Q. I am not a U.S. citizen. Are you able to sponsor my visa?

Answer

We welcome applications from non-U.S. citizens who have a “green card” (permanent resident status) or a current visa valid through the entire duration of the residency program. The Ohio State University pharmacy residency programs are NOT able to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents (PGY1 or PGY2).


Q. Do residents have parking privileges?

Answer

There are several parking options from which residents may choose. The cost of the options varies and additional information can be found on the CampusParc website. http://osu.campusparc.com/


Q. Where will I find affordable housing during my residency year at The Ohio State University?

Answer

An apartment guide is prepared for incoming residents and is updated annually. Current residents are excellent resources to help identify affordable housing options in locations that are convenient and desirable for young professionals. You may also learn more about Columbus by visiting the Columbus Culture spot on our website.


Q. Is office space available?

Answer

Residents are provided with individual office space and computers.