Residency & Fellowship Requirements

Learn about the activities that all residents and fellows are required to participate in during their tenure at the University of Maryland.

Pharmacotherapy Rounds: Each resident and fellow is required to give a formal presentation to other residents, faculty, staff, and invited guests. The presentation can focus on drug therapy to treat and/or prevent disease or on an innovative pharmacy service. Residents and fellows must successfully deliver their pharmacotherapy rounds presentation in order to complete their program. Trainees are also required to attend a set number of presentations each year.

Professional Development Seminar‌: On the third Monday of every month, residents and fellows are required to attend professional development seminars. These seminars focus on professional development topics relevant to pharmacy practice. Please visit the Professional Development Seminar to view presentations scheduled for the current training year.

Teaching: Residents and fellows are required to participate in teaching activities throughout the year. These activities are designed to develop teaching skills and may vary depending on the program in which an individual is enrolled. Some activities might include lectures, leading small group discussions, assessing Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students on clinical skills, and serving as a preceptor during experiential rotations.

All University of Maryland residents and fellows will receive an appointment as a clinical instructor at the School of Pharmacy.

Basic concepts and teaching skills are first acquired through the University’s required Teaching Excellence Day, which is held every July during orientation. Trainees work with faculty as they prepare for teaching activities, and are assessed periodically.

A Teaching Certificate Program is offered to residents and fellows as an elective opportunity. Residents and fellows who wish to pursue this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of the course “Educational Theory and Practice”, which teaches concepts on instructional design and methodology.
  • Completion of teaching experiences, including:
    • Lecture (required or elective course) to student pharmacist or health care professional audience.
    • Case discussion in a required or elective course. Alternately, the resident or fellow may conduct a case discussion at the practice site, such as case conference.
    • Presentation at Pharmacotherapy Rounds.
    • Precepting a PharmD student.
  • Development of a teaching portfolio that contains all teaching materials, including evaluations from teaching activities, and a teaching philosophy statement.

Research Projects: Each resident and fellow is required to complete a comprehensive research project during the year. Assistance with navigating Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures and developing protocols is provided by faculty and program directors throughout the process. Trainees are required to make presentations to the Residency and Fellowship Research Committee in September and present their findings, as a poster, at the School of Pharmacy Research Day in April. PGY1 residents are also required to present at the Eastern States Residents Conference. Trainees must prepare a report of their project in publishable format.