Frequently Asked Questions


Which rotations do you offer? Which are required? 

A list of required and a partial list of available elective rotations is available on the Structure of the Residency page. In addition, rotations with other preceptors in either the TUH PGY1 or TUSP PGY2 residencies can be designed if there is an interest. 


What is the HIV clinic like? Is there a collaborative practice agreement?

The HIV rotation is longitudinal, typically over the latter 6 months of the residency. There are two HIV clinical pharmacists who practice at TUH; the HIV rotation is with Dr. Amy Min, who is a TUSP faculty member. She has a collaborative practice agreement and can order labs and modify regimens. 


What is the hospital information system? Can I access it remotely?

The Temple University Health System uses Epic, and it can be used both off-campus and on wireless devices. 


Can the resident choose his or her own research project, or is it chosen by the program?

Residents are welcome to suggest projects and they will be considered. Typically, the resident is presented with a group of projects to choose from that have been “pre-vetted” for their ability to be completed during the residency year. While publication is not a requirement for the project, the completion of a project of publishable quality is. 


Have any of the residents published?

Yes. Completing a review article is a requirement of the program, and many of the residents have published their research projects also. All of the projects have been presented at national or international meetings. 


Can the resident serve on committees at the hospital? At the School?

The resident will serve on the TUH Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, which meets monthly. This service involves completing the “Antimicrobial Stewardship Tip of the Month”, taking minutes, and other responsibilities as they arise. Some other committee service at TUH is also expected. Residents attend meetings of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at TUSP, but typically do not serve on committees, though this is possible if there is interest in a specific topic.


I see there is no staffing requirement. Can I ‘moonlight’?

Our policy allows residents to moonlight at either TUH or another facility after 120 days have elapsed, provided that the other job does not interfere with residency responsibilities and the total number of hours spent working does not violate duty hour limits. To moonlight at TUH, a position has to be available that the resident has to apply for. 


Do you have any internal candidates?

We have an early commitment process for PGY1 residents at Temple University Health System who are interested in the PGY2 residencies at the School. However, the process is completed before Midyear, and if the programs are recruiting at Midyear then no internal candidate was selected.