PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Mission Statement

To prepare pharmacists to become competent, highly functional, independent clinical practitioners focused on medication therapy management in an acute care setting.

Purpose Statement

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Valley Hospital Medical Center, a medium-sized teaching hospital, builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.

Upon successful completion of the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program, graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to pursue general clinical pharmacy positions and will be qualified to deliver direct patient care in an acute care hospital. Graduates will be equipped to function as pharmacy educators and will be ready for success as a PGY-2 resident. 

Graduates of this program will have completed learning experiences in the following areas: adult inpatient internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, critical care, infectious diseases, pharmacy administration and emergency medicine. Residents in the program will have the opportunity to pursue a teaching certificate and choose elective learning experiences in academia, neonatology, hematology/oncology and pediatrics/pediatric intensive care.

Valley Hospital Medical Center

Valley Hospital Medical Center is located in the heart of Las Vegas. Patients come from urban, suburban, rural and international settings, providing a broad variety of learning experiences and diverse patient care opportunities. Valley Hospital Medical Center is a tertiary-care teaching hospital, certified Primary Stroke Center and an Accredited Chest Pain Center. A comprehensive range of services include:

  • Advanced cardiovascular services (open heart surgery, balloon angioplasty, cardiac catheterizations)
  • Neurological services (coiling for brain aneurysms, neurosurgery and stroke care)
  • Surgical services (general, orthopedic, spine and vascular procedures)
  • Behavioral health
  • Acute rehabilitation

The 301-bed hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and the surrounding areas. The medical staff represents more than 60 specialties and sub-specialties. Valley Hospital Medical Center also offers graduate medical education programs that cover total healthcare for individuals and their families.

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Contact Information

Valley Hospital Medical Center
620 Shadow Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Edna Cheung, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Residency Program Director
edna.cheung@uhsinc.com