A hospital pharmacy residency program is a 12-month directed postgraduate learning experience. Through structured rotations in pharmacy practice, education, research, and administration, residency programs aim to prepare pharmacists for challenging and innovative pharmacy practice. Graduate residents are an important source of highly qualified pharmacists trained in institutional practice.
The objective of residency programs is to provide an experiential learning environment using practitioner role models. The necessary skills, knowledge, and values required to be a hospital pharmacist can be acquired and applied by the resident in the promotion of exemplary patient care.
Areas of training include: drug distribution systems; hospital pharmacy administration; clinical Pharmacy (with an emphasis on patient monitoring); and a residency project.
How Do I Apply?
Students should contact CPRB Regional Coordinator in their area for further details on the application process and deadlines. A list of the Regional Coordinators can be found using the Regional Residency Coordinator tab in the menu on this page.A complete directory of the accredited programs, directors, residency coordinators, and current residents is available under the Residency Training menu.
Currently there are over 30 accredited general hospital pharmacy residency programs representing more than 100 graduates per year. Several specialty residency programs are offered or under development.
Consider a residency program accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board!
The Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board acts on behalf of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists to oversee the national standards associated with the hospital pharmacy residency programs.The primary responsibility of the Board is to establish and validate standards for hospital pharmacy residency programs and to accredit those programs.
The Board promotes excellence in residency programs and hospital pharmacy practice. The Board facilitates the training of preceptors and residency directors, identifies trends and needs for training service, and encourages the development of programs.
The ultimate aim of the Board is the provision of exemplary patient care.