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Frequently Asked Questions

How many residency positions does Capital Health offer annually? 
Capital Health offers 2 PGY1 and 1 PGY2 resident positions each year through the ASHP match program.

What is the timeline of the residency year? 
The PGY1 residency term begins on July 1 or the first Monday thereafter if July 1 is on a weekend and runs for 53 weeks.

The PGY2 program term begins the second Monday of July and runs for 53 weeks. Please reach out to the program director for an exact date as it will vary each year.

What are the operational staffing requirements during the residency year? 
To complete their operational requirements, PGY1 residents are initially responsible for working every other weekend and three hospital designated holidays (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day). Based on resident progress, the schedule may transition to every third weekend.

PGY2 residents are responsible for working every third weekend and two hospital designated holidays as noted above (one summer and one winter holiday). Residents will be expected to develop leadership skills to perform in the capacity of a weekend department supervisor.

How many days off are allowed during the year? 
Ten days (80 hours) of Paid Time Off (PTO) are provided for PGY1 residents to use throughout the year. Fifteen days (120 hours) of Paid Time Off (PTO) is provided for the PGY2 resident to use throughout the year. PTO days should be used to avoid more than two days off in any rotational block. Holidays not designated to work are counted as PTO days. Any unused days of PTO are forfeited on the final day of the residency program.

What happens if a resident misses time during the year due to illness or other event? 
Residents who require extended leave for greater than two weeks are required to discuss making up the time at the end of the residency year with the program and pharmacy directors. Extending the program may be necessary if goals and objectives of the program are not met due to extended leave.

If the resident is unable to complete the requirements of the program within the residency year due to extended professional, family or sick leave, they may be granted a leave of absence at the discretion of the RPD and Director of Pharmacy. The resident must compete all rotational time including staffing shifts missed while on leave.

What are the requirements for successful completion of the residency?

  • The entire residency completion requirements are detailed in the residency manual which will be provided to you upon invitation for interview if selected.
  • Residents must complete all scheduled rotational and longitudinal experiences, including the objectives within the operational staffing experience and attain Achievement status for at least 80% of ASHP’s goals and objectives for the program with at least Satisfactory Progress made in all other areas, including operational requirements. Residents will be required to attain achievement of specific objectives related to the research project as well as additional selected objectives as per the program manual. Completion of rotations and learning experiences involves making progress towards independently performing the activities tied to the Goals and Objectives defined within each experience. The expected level of independence in performing the activities may depend on when the experience is scheduled during the year. Progress is monitored via the Pharmacademic® system (ASHP endorsed and required).
  • Completion of BLS, ACLS and PALS certification courses are required.
  • Completion of a research project and presentation at a relevant professional conference and manuscript worthy of submission to appropriate journal.
  • In addition to requirements listed above and in the residency manual, the PGY2 resident is required to satisfy the requirements defined in the ASHP PGY2 Critical Care Residency Disease State Appendix, assume role of the chief resident and complete a residency portfolio at the end of the residency year.

How are research projects selected? 
Residents are encouraged to select their own research topics based on their interests. Program faculty will assist in selecting a topic in the event a resident does not have any particular interests of their own. Topics must be impactful to the institution strategic priorities.

Is office space provided for each resident? 
Residents are provided an office with separate desks and computers in which to work.

What is the date by which licensure in the State of New Jersey must be obtained? 
Residents must obtain a pharmacist license in the state of New Jersey by September 1. Additional time as needed is at the discretion of the program. If extenuating circumstances delay licensure, the resident and residency leadership will determine if the resident is to continue in the program and the appropriate amount of time to extend the program to ensure licensure for 2/3 of the program year as per ASHP standard.

What compensation/benefits are offered by Capital Health to residents? 
Capital Health provides a competitive salary as well as group rate medical, dental and vision benefits (if desired) for residents. Reimbursement for attendance and travel to ASHP Midyear meeting and Eastern States Conference are provided. Reimbursement for other educational expenses including attendance at other conferences, are approved at the discretion of the RPD and the Director of Pharmacy. Free parking is provided at all Capital Health facilities.

Who is eligible to apply for a residency position at Capital Health? 
ACPE accredited pharmacy school graduates with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree are eligible to apply for PGY1 residency positions. PGY2 resident applicants must have completed a PGY1 residency at an accredited institution (or pre-candidate status). Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents and eligible for licensure in the State of New Jersey. Capital Health does not sponsor foreign student visas.

Is early committal offered for the PGY2 program? 
The program will determine on a year to year basis whether to offer early committal to a current PGY1 resident by November 15 and require resident acceptance on the PGY2 position by December 15.