To help resident graduates prepare for educator roles in didactic and experiential settings, residents may choose to complete a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program alongside the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. This program is offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Describe basic concepts related to current pedagogical theory on pharmacy education
  • Devise a plan for effective teaching to achieve clearly defined student outcomes
  • Compare and contrast teaching methods used in large classroom and small group settings
  • Develop an approach to implement instruction
  • Participate in and evaluate the current VCU method to assess educational activities
  • Compose a teaching philosophy that clarifies your own purpose and goals related to teaching
  • Identify strategies for continued self-improvement related to pharmacy education

Program Structure and Requirements

The program coordinators will organize teaching activities during the year. Further information will be given to residents participating in this program, but all of the following items must be satisfactorily completed to receive a program certificate at the conclusion of the residency year:

  • Attend and participate in teaching-related educational seminars
  • Develop and deliver a minimum of two contact hours of didactic lecture
  • Design and deliver one continuing education program for the Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Services
  • Design and deliver three journal club reviews or case conference discussions for residents and pharmacy preceptors
  • Attend two contact hours of didactic lecture provided by different faculty members
  • Design and precept at least one Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience with up to two students
  • Compose and submit a teaching portfolio for formal review