24 Month Pharmacotherapy program

About the 24 Month Pharmacotherapy Program


Residents completing the 24 month PGY1/PGY2 Pharmacotherapy residency program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will be competent, autonomous, and confident clinical pharmacists who are ready to assume a position as a clinical pharmacy specialist in acute care, ambulatory care, or critical care environments at an academic medical center, community hospital, or clinical faculty at a college or university. Additionally, the program prepares the resident to conduct outcomes related research, effectively educate healthcare professionals through preceptorship and didactic education, and sit for board certification (BPS).

The Pharmacotherapy residency program is designed to develop practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive pharmacotherapy services to pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients in the critical care, acute care, and ambulatory care environments. In addition, residents will be able to advocate on behalf of patients across the healthcare continuum.


As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care.

OSUWMC is a 1,506 bed multihospital delivery system recognized in 2018 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.

More about the sites

University Hospital (UH)

University Hospital (UH) is our flagship hospital with over 900 beds. UH is a major referral center for patients throughout Ohio and the Midwest, and is one of the busiest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the world. UH is also an international center for neuromodulation research and neurological care. In addition, UH is a level 1 trauma center in addition to being the American Burn Associated verified adult burn center for the region

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of the nation’s premier centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.  OSUWMC features the world’s most advanced cancer and critical care hospital which opened in December of 2014. With the opening of the new hospital, our institution boasts an Emergency Department (ED) with over 100 beds and an area dedicated specifically to the care of cancer patients within the ED. Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Neuro Intensive Care, and Cancer specific ICU patient care areas also exist within the new cancer and critical care tower.

The Ross Heart Hospital

The Ross Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiology and heart surgery and is the only nationally ranked heart hospital in the area. Each floor of the 150-bed hospital is dedicated to a specific service, which helps us provide specialized care for every patient. The Ross is one of the largest centers for the implantation of LVAD devices in the world in addition to providing heart and lung transplants.

University Hospitals East (UHE)

University Hospitals East (UHE) blends the friendly atmosphere of a community hospital with the advantages of being a part of a major academic medical center. Located on the eastern edge of downtown Columbus, University Hospital East offers renowned Ohio State services in orthopedic care, emergency services, cancer care, addiction services, ear, nose and throat care, heart care, radiology and imaging services, rehabilitation and wound healing. University Hospital East has a 19 bed mixed medical/surgical ICU.

The Brain and Spine Hospital

The Brain and Spine Hospital opened in the Fall of 2016 and is a state-of-the-art facility for the advanced management, care and healing of patients with neurological disorders.The hospital consists of 87 private beds and specialized units for stroke and neurovascular, neurotrauma, epilipsy, spine, chronic pain, neuromodulaton, multiple sclerosis, congnitive and movement disorders, as well as an innovative new model for acute spinal cord injuries.

The Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy at The OSUWMC is one of the largest in the country. With over 400 employees, and a practice model that includes both clinical pharmacy generalists and clinical pharmacy specialists, our goal is the provision of outstanding, state of the art care. We advise our staff on the best use of medications, develop safeguards for our patients to prevent medication errors and develop transformative pharmacy practice in health-systems. We are guided in this mission by our strategic plan that focuses on five key priorities: optimizing our pharmacy information system, refining our practice model, enhancing our medication safety program, establishing the pharmacy as a workplace of choice in Central Ohio and refining our academic relationships and department scholarship.

Training future generations of pharmacists is a vital part of our mission. Our pharmacists serve as preceptors for our residency programs while providing experiential training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students. Our residency program has a 55-year tradition of excellence with our graduates being well-prepared to work at a high-level in a wide-variety of institutional and ambulatory patient care facilities.

The Department of Pharmacy, in partnership with the OSU College of Pharmacy, strives to develop the skills of our residents and provide a residency program that is recognized nationally for the quality and excellence of its graduates.


Direct patient care is the backbone of this residency experience. Residents will complete a combination of 4 week, 8 week, and longitudinal rotations. During the PGY1 year, the resident will complete 6 weeks of orientation. Over the two years, core rotations will include internal medicine, general cardiology, medical intensive care (MICU), emergency medicine, solid organ transplant, infectious diseases, hematology/oncology, community hospital medicine/ICU, ambulatory care, medication safety, and administration. There are ample opportunities for elective rotations. Potential electives include (but are not limited to) the areas of academia, pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, nutrition support, acute care surgery, pain and palliative medicine, surgical intensive care, and neurosciences intensive care. The program is flexible and can be customized, at the discretion of the Director, to target the resident’s interests and goals.

Quality Improvement Projects:

Residents will be required to complete two operational or clinical audits during their first year of residency. Audit topics commonly involve evaluations of current processes and protocols. Audit preceptors evaluate the residents’ research and writing skill, and then provide feedback on each of the audits in order to further develop and refine the residents’ skills. A medication use evaluation will also be completed during the first year of residency and will be presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference.


In addition to two audits and one medication use evaluation, residents are expected to complete a major research project. Opportunities exist for research presentations at a variety of national conferences. The project manuscript will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. In addition to a major research project, the residents will complete two audits and one medication use evaluation.


The residents will participate in the education of PharmD students enrolled at The Ohio State University including having opportunities to deliver didactic lectures and precept PharmD students. As the residents progress through the program, the residents will participate in the education of PGY1 pharmacy residents. The residents will complete a formal teaching certificate.


The residents will be assigned to participate in a P&T Subcommittee, Medication Safety team, and additional committee work as needed.

Additional Experiences:

The resident will participate in a clinical on-call program, weekend staffing, delivery of a formal Resident Education Series, precepting College of Pharmacy students, and volunteer at the Columbus Free Clinic.


The 24 month Pharmacotherapy residency program provides a unique opportunity for exposure to highly trained preceptors in many practice areas. Residents may choose rotations in a variety of areas including acute care, ambulatory care, pediatrics, academia, administration, and non-direct patient care including medication safety, information technology, drug information, and medication patient assistance.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

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).

Required Supplemental Material: 

  • Along with your application, we require three letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that one to two of the letters be from a clinical rotation within the past six months.
  • Also, upload any research project in progress or completed with a description of the project, primary outcomes, your role, number of patients included, and final results if available.

Start Date: June 17, 2019

Annual Salary: PGY1 $47,500/PGY2 $48,500

Vacation Days: 10 days

Staffing Requirement: PGY1- 24 weekends per year/PGY2 – 20 weekends per year

Completion of a Major Research Project


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