St. Francis Medical Center Transition to Capital Health

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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 the Monday of last full week of the current residency year to allow for a 1-week overlap and runs for 53 weeks. Please reach out to the program director for an exact date as it will vary each year.

The PGY2 program term begins the Monday of the last week of the current residency year to allow for a 1-week overlap 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 responsible for working every other weekend and 3 hospital designated holidays (Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day). PGY2 residents are responsible for working every 3rd weekend and 2 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 2 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 2 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.
  • 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 Goals and Objectives for the program with at least Satisfactory Progress made in all other areas, including operational requirements. 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.
  • 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 complete the PGY2 Pharmacotherapy 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 1st. 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.