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Pharmacy Residency Program

The resident completing the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will become a leader with a commitment to the pharmacy profession. The resident will become an experienced practitioner in patient-centered care and operational services, possessing the skills necessary to adapt to a continuously evolving profession. As a member of a multidisciplinary health care team, the resident will learn accountability for utilizing evidence-based medicine, conduct medication reviews and manage disease states. In addition, the resident will provide health care education to providers as well as patients. Self-assessment, self-reflection and self-development activities will result in periodic modifications to the resident's personal plans for growth and development. Residents will gain experience beyond entry-level and will be able to practice in various areas of pharmacy, enabling he or she to pursue advanced positions such as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Adjunct Faculty at a college of pharmacy or pursue another residency specializing in an area of practice.

Duration/Type: 12 months/PGY1
Number of Positions: 1
Stipend: 40,000 annually

Core Rotations (4-6 weeks in length)

  • Orientation to Pharmacy Services
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Internal Medicine
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Infectious Disease
  • Palliative Care

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Coumadin Consult Service
  • Medication Safety Committee - 6 months
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee -6 months
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting

Elective Rotations

  • Pediatric Medication Safety
  • Drug Policy Development
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Room/Toxicology

Staff Coverage

  • The resident will be assigned to work in either in the central pharmacy or on the nursing units for an average of 8-10 hours per week.

Education Opportunities

  • Coumadin Education
  • Precepting students
  • Continual Educational Programs
  • Staff in-service programs

The Residency Project

Accreditation standards require each resident to complete a project. Completing the project requires formulating a question, creating a study design, conducting a literature search, conducting the actual study, interpreting the study data and presenting the results.

This project may take a year to complete, and culminate in the final presentation being given at Eastern States Residency Conference, and completion of a manuscript suitable for publication. In addition, the resident will complete a poster project to present at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Application Procedure

The Resident Matching Program
ASHP contracts with the National Matching Service (NMS) to operate a Resident Matching Program for all ASHP-accredited pharmacy residencies. The Matching Program ensures that each pharmacy residency program will be matched with the preferred individuals who have applied and who have selected the program as an acceptable site in which to train.

To apply for the Wentworth-Douglass Residency in Pharmacy Practice, you must first sign-up online for the ASHP Resident Matching Program. Once you are registered with the National Resident Matching Program, you can continue the application process with the information below.

Application Requirements
All applicants must be eligible for New Hampshire licensure, available for on-site interview and have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE®) accredited college of pharmacy. Applicants must also be registered with the National Resident Matching Program described above.

To complete the application process, applicants must:

All application materials should be mailed to:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
Wentworth-Douglass Pharmacy Department
789 Central Ave
Dover, NH 03820

Applicants will be notified by mail of our intent. We will extend invitations to join us for an on-site interview only to those candidates who are selected by our Residency Advisory Committee. Along with the invitation will be a request to supply us with a passport-type photograph. Final selections will be made after on-site interviews have been completed by all applicable candidates. These applicants will be ranked in our order of preference and submitted to the Residency Matching Service.


David Merriman, RPh, MA
Pharmacy Director
Phone: 603-740-2510
Fax: 603-740-2129
Email: David.Merriman@wdhospital.com

Tonya Carlton, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE
Pharmacy Residency (PGY1) Program Director
Phone: 603-740-2513
Fax: 603-740-2407
Email: Tonya.Carlton@wdhospital.com


Role of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Pharmacists

The role of the Pharmacists at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is multidimensional. The pharmacists demonstrate their clinical skills with an integral role on the interdisciplinary team. Pharmacy presence on the nursing units helps to ensure medications are appropriately selected and dosed. In the main pharmacy, pharmacists are responsible for the daily operations such as processing medication orders, verifying medications, inventory management, ordering medications and providing drug information. The pharmacy team members are also actively involved with various hospital committees such as the Anticoagulation Taskforce, Medication Safety,  Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, Infectious Control Committee, Pain Management Task Force, Palliative Care, and Pediatric Committee. As a pharmacy department, we are actively involved in educating others. We precept Massachusetts College of Pharmacy students and we provide a multitude of educational opportunities through pharmacy staff in-services, physician and nursing continuing education programs, and patient counseling.

Services Provided:

  • Medication Distribution/Dispensing: prescription service, IV admixture service, Pyxis medstations, extemporaneous packaging, compounded products, automated narcotic control, drug formulary, computerized medication profile, cost containment and drug purchasing
    • Inpatient Pharmacy Services provides patient-centered and medication distribution services to all patient care areas of the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Patient-Centered Services: medication order review, drug information, pharmacist-managed drug therapies, clinical pharmacist services
  • Medication Use/Outcome Assessment: drug use evaluations, target drug programs, CQI, drug therapy audits, adverse drug reaction reporting, drug formulary management, and medication error analysis
  • Educational Services: drug information, pharmacokinetics, drug formulary, cost containment, pharmacy staff inservices and physician and nursing education

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789 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 742-5252
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