Paducah Pharmacy Residencies Curriculum

The Baptist Health Paducah PGY1 residency program provides a comprehensive training environment in a large community based hospital practice. The program is designed to give the resident a breadth of experiences including direct patient care, project management, distributive operations and drug information/literature evaluation. Scholarly endeavors, including the design of continuing education, participation in the peer-review process, and engagement in pharmacy research is encouraged. By the conclusion of the residency year, the trainee will have acquired the confidence to be an independent practitioner in the many facets of general pharmacy practice.

Required Learning Experiences 

The PGY-1 program is designed to provide direct patient care experiences typical of a community-based hospital setting. Required learning experiences are selected in a sequence to provide the resident an opportunity to not only pursue their interests but also to be a competitive candidate for a specialized PGY-2 if desired. With the exception of orientation, which is four weeks in length, all required learning experiences are six weeks in length.

  • Orientation
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Critical Care
  • Acute Care
  • Long Term Acute Care
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Hematology & Oncology

Elective Learning Experiences 

The following elective rotations are available so that the resident is able to tailor their residency experience to meet their needs and interests. With patient care services offered in Cancer, Heart, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Mother and Baby Care, and more, you are sure to find an area of interest to pursue a long career with us at Baptist Health. All elective learning experiences are four weeks in length to allow two electives to be chosen.

  • Cardiology
  • Informatics
  • Perioperative Services
  • Transitions of Care

Longitudinal Learning Experiences –

All longitudinal learning experiences are year-long, with the exception of Pharmacy Distribution and Staffing which starts after completion of Orientation, Pharmacy Practice and Long-Term Acute Care learning experiences. Residents are required to staff one weekend a month and one evening shift every other week.


  • Pharmacy Distribution and Staffing
  • Pharmacy Practice Advancement
  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning

Staffing – Upon completion of training, the resident will serve as a pharmacist with other staff in the areas of order entry verification and sterile compounding. Through these activities, residents will gain experience as a staff pharmacist, learning to lead teams of peers and technicians through daily pharmacy tasks. 

Evaluation – The evaluation process will be in compliance with ASHP accreditation standards. PharmAcademic™ evaluation system will be used for written summative evaluations at the end of all month-long rotations and quarterly for longitudinal activities. In addition to formal assessment regarding progress towards residency objectives, preceptors also utilize verbal and written formative evaluations during rotations, presentations and on written activities to encourage resident development.

Graduation and Certification – Upon successful completion of the residency program, the resident will receive a certificate verifying completion of the program in accordance with ASHP Regulations on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies.