Qualifications for participation in Reading Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program are in accordance with criteria set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

  • Residents shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.
  • Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania.
  • Residents shall participate in and obey the rules of the Residency Matching Program.

Application Requirements

Residency candidates are required to submit the following items for application to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program:

  • Copy of curriculum vitae or resume
  • Official transcript from an accredited School/College of Pharmacy
  • Three references from professional colleagues and/or college professors
  • One-page letter of intent/essay expressing professional goals and reason for pursuing a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

The Residency Director assesses the completeness of the application materials prior to scheduling candidate interviews. Selected candidates will be invited to an onsite interview.

Residency Steering Committee members that participate in interviews complete a Residency Candidate Interview Assessment prior to ranking for the ASHP Residency Matching Program. Candidates are ranked based on the assessments by the Residency Steering Committee and results are submitted to the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

Acknowledgment of Residency Match

Residents matched to Reading Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program will receive an acceptance letter acknowledging the match and delineating the general terms and conditions of the residency. Acknowledgment in writing by the resident will constitute acceptance of the match and agreement to fulfill the duties of the residency position for the upcoming year.

Pharmacy Licensure Verification

Participation in Reading Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is contingent on securing and maintaining a license without restriction in the State of Pennsylvania (PA). It is the expectation that the resident will complete these licensure requirements by September 30 of the residency year. The resident will provide the Residency Program Director confirmation that:

  • He/she has already taken the NAPLEX and the PA pharmacy law exam, or
  • He/she will take the PA law exam upon successful transfer of NAPLEX scores from another state, or
  • He/she already has a valid PA pharmacy license
  • Upon notification of successful completion of the licensure requirements, the resident will provide documentation of licensure to the Residency Program Director.

The resident will provide the department with the licensure certificate to remain on file during the resident’s year at Reading Hospital. Failure to attain licensure is grounds for dismissal from the residency program. Residents should contact the Residency Program Director should any issue arise with licensure.