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Cleveland Clinic
8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Code: 44045
NMS Code: 214115
Postgraduate Year One (PGY1)
Community-based Pharmacy
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Residency Program Director: Amy Gustafson, PharmD, RPh
(330) 888-4122
Fax: (330) 888-4105
Director of Pharmacy: Sam Calabrese, R.Ph., MBA, FASHP
(216) 444-8068
Fax: (216) 636-0530
Program Contact: Amy Gustafson, PharmD, RPh
(330) 888-4122
Fax: (330) 888-4105
Residency Information:
Duration/Type: 12 mo. residency
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: 1/2/2019
Starting Date: 6/17/2019
Estimated Stipend: 47500
Interview Required: Yes
Residency Special Features:   

The Community Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) is a one-year program designed to provide diverse experiences in pharmaceutical care in the community practice setting. This program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. The program offers advanced training in optimizing the care of diverse patient populations as they transition from a health system setting. Graduates of the program are prepared to provide advanced patient care services in the community pharmacy with independent, chain, and integrated health systems pharmacies. Completion of the teaching certificate program through Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) qualifies the residency graduate for assistant or clinical professorship through joint faculty with a college of pharmacy. Community pharmacy staffing is required throughout the year, including a weekend rotation. In addition to presentations and projects, residents are required to complete a research project and submit a manuscript for publication.

Required residency learning experiences include community pharmacy, anticoagulation, primary care, medication therapy management, ambulatory leadership, managed care/ employee health plan, and drug information. Elective learning experiences include specialty pharmacy, pharmacist refill authorization center (RAC), and HIV ambulatory care clinic.

Fringe Benefits:   

Health insurances (medical, vision, and dental) and life insurance are available. Residents are allotted 10 paid vacation days (not including Cleveland Clinic holidays), 2 professional days, and 2 interview days. Travel reimbursement is available for conferences.

Special Requirements for Acceptance:   

Interested applicants must be PharmD graduates of accredited college of pharmacy, be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio (or Florida if applicable), and submit the standard application materials through PhORCAS (i.e. Letter of Intent, CV, the 3 standard reference forms in PhORCAS, official college transcripts), along with:

1. We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All 3 reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.

2. A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your letter of intent. Reflecting on your APPE rotations, please provide a piece of critical feedback you have received from one of your preceptors on a direct patient care rotation. Explain how you have incorporated this feedback into your practice and/or worked to improve in this area.

Please submit all application materials via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Deadline for receipt of these materials to be considered for an on-site interview is January 2, 2019 by 11:59 PM.

For the PGY-2 residency programs (Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Drug Information, Infectious Diseases, Informatics, Oncology, and Psychiatry), a Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency or equivalent experience is required.

Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not provide employment-based non-immigration visa sponsorship for pharmacy residency programs.

Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner Affiliate: Cleveland Clinic
Model Type(s):

Tertiary Care, Teaching Institution, Acute Care

Tax Status: Nonprofit
Professional Staff: 150
Non-Professional Staff: 250
Total Beds:


Average Daily Census: 1000
Site Special Features:   

Cleveland Clinic is comprised of a 1,400-bed academic medical center, nine Community Hospitals in Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. In total, there are more than 4,800 inpatient beds and 1000 pharmacy employees, more than 300 physician practices, 20 ambulatory pharmacies, significant inpatient and outpatient clinical services and a pharmacy budget exceeding $1 billion.

Cleveland Clinic has been named the No. 2 hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. This is the 20th consecutive year that Cleveland Clinic has been among the Top 5 hospitals and the third straight year we have achieved the No. 2 ranking. The 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" rankings also named Cleveland Clinic the No. 1 heart hospital in the country for the 24th consecutive year. Statewide and regionally, Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 1 in Ohio and the Cleveland area.

Cleveland Clinic is nationally ranked in 14 specialties, including 10 in the Top 5 nationwide. The rankings are:

  • Cancer No. 7
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery No. 1
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology No. 4
  • Ear, Nose & Throat No. 11
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery No. 2
  • Geriatrics No. 5
  • Gynecology No. 5
  • Nephrology No. 2
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery No. 4
  • Ophthalmology No. 9
  • Orthopedics No. 3
  • Pulmonology No. 3
  • Rheumatology No. 2
  • Urology No. 1

In June, U.S. News released rankings for children's hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Children's received rankings in all 10 pediatric specialties. In addition, Cleveland Clinic Children's ranked highest in Northeast Ohio in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology and Neurology & Neurosurgery.

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