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Pharmacy Residency Program

Waterbury Hospital currently offers a PGY-1 clinical Pharmacy Residency Program and is accredited by the American Society of Health-System  Pharmacists (ASHP) with two resident positions available each year. The hospital also participates in the Resident Match Program.


The mission of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to be clinically-focused and to share responsibility for the optimal outcome of a patient’s drug therapy — in collaboration with physicians, staff, patients and family — while providing cost effective, outcome-based pharmacoeconomic pharmaceutical care to patients across the health care continuum.

About the Program

The program consists of a one-year period of concentrated training in all aspects of pharmacy practice. The residency program is flexible, allowing the resident to maximally individualize the experience within the framework of ASHP accreditation guidelines.  Learning activities for each of the rotations will accommodate the resident’s previous experiences and current goals, as well as satisfying the ASHP PGY-1 Required Outcomes. The program is of a general, clinical nature and will provide the working knowledge and experience that will enable the resident to assume a leadership role in pharmacy practice.

The goal of training is to develop the resident’s independent practice skills and confidence in a variety of general practice and specialty areas. Rotation schedules and assignments are flexible and allow for extra time in areas of interest. Residents have an opportunity to develop teaching skills as the program focuses on the development of knowledge, skills, and behaviors required for the successful provision of pharmaceutical care in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.

Residency Rotations

The 12-month residency is divided into core elective rotations:

Core Rotations

  • Pharmacy Operations (four weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (eight weeks)
  • Critical Care (eight weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (four weeks)
  • Psychiatry (four weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration (four weeks)
  • Pain Management (four weeks)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (four weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • Neonatology (two weeks)
  • Nutrition (two weeks)

Elective Rotations

  • Pulmonary (four weeks)

Residency Benefits

The resident will be entitled to all of the same benefits provided to full time Clinical Pharmacists at Waterbury Hospital.


Interviews are an integral part of the hospital’s evaluation of potential residents, and the expectation is that serious applicants will want to evaluate the clinical site as well. Therefore, applicants are required to schedule an on-site interview once application materials are completed and submitted.

About Waterbury Hospital

Waterbury Hospital is a private acute care teaching hospital licensed for 357 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterbury’s first and Connecticut’s fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, behavioral health and orthopedics. The Pharmacy Department is highly automated and comprised of approximately 50 staff members. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides decentral and clinical services during the day shifts.

Gary Thompson, RPh
Critical Care Pharmacist
Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator
T: (203) 573-7360
F: (203) 573-7153