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Pharmacy Residency Programs

The Summa Health Pharmacy Residency Programs will provide residents with experience in dealing with issues impacting pharmacy practice today.


Pharmacy Residency Programs at Summa Health

The Mission of the Summa Health System Pharmacy Residency Programs is to:

  • Train effective, confident, compassionate, and proficient direct patient care providers
  • Instill strong workplace values of idealism, professionalism, excellence, and integrity
  • Promote and transform the practice of pharmacy in our community, state and country

Residency training takes place primarily at the Akron Campus. The resident will gain experience through a number of clinical rotations, and learn through interactions with a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals devoted to providing optimal care to patients with various disease states and a range of complexity of patient problems.

Residents will gain experience in dealing with issues impacting pharmacy practice today. Training will provide clinical, operational and management strategies designed to provide safe and cost-effective use of medications. Participation in ongoing medication use evaluation programs and formulary activities is required.

The Department of Pharmacy Services has a longstanding history of excellence in Pharmaceutical Care and Research. Therefore, learning will include a focus on the mission of the department, current services, short and long-term goals and policies concerning medication use. The resident will have the opportunity to complete a research project with the advantage of having access to a diverse patient population, experienced preceptors, and well established Research Department at Summa. Research results will be submitted for presentation at professional meetings and for publication.

Our pharmacists are widely involved in teaching pharmacy students as an Advanced and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience training site for several colleges of pharmacy. The resident will have the opportunity to assist with clinical training of pharmacy students in these programs. The opportunity to obtain a teaching certificate is also available through the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month ASHP accredited training program. This program offers a unique experience for the clinical pharmacist who desires advanced training in effective pharmaceutical care in a teaching hospital setting.

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

The Ambulatory Care Residency at Summa Health System offers pharmacists rigorous coaching and experience in the practice of providing individualized patient care in a teaching hospital practice setting and hospital based ambulatory care clinics. 

PGY2 Pain Management & Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency

This residency offers a unique experience for the clinical pharmacist who desires advanced training emphasizing patient-centered pharmacotherapy focused on the interdisciplinary approach to cost-effective symptom management. 


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