Student placements and residency program

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides educational support to both undergraduate pharmacy students as well as to post-graduate pharmacy residents. The department also provides placement opportunities for pharmacy technician students undertaking an accredited course.

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate pharmacy students are required to complete experiential training in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings and last year our department welcomed 15 undergraduate pharmacy students for 25 experiential placements and/or paid positions. The KGH pharmacy also provides paid pharmacy student positions for CO-OP students and for medication reconciliation. Pharmacists provide rotations at all levels of study, but mainly support students in their final academic year while completing their mandatory institutional pharmacy practice exposure/training. Student rotations enhance skills related to direct patient care, medication safety, cost-effective utilization of drug resources, interprofessional collaboration and communication. Placement duration varies between 4 and 16 weeks in length.

Residency Program

Hospital Pharmacy Residency is an accredited program through the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) and KGH employs 4 pharmacy residents annually. Pharmacy residents are usually licensed pharmacists who have just completed their undergraduate degree, and are seeking to expand their knowledge and experience in a hospital setting. Qualified individuals are matched to our program through the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board national match. 

Residents contribute to patient care in a variety of ways including direct patient care, drug distribution, providing drug information, conducting projects in pharmacy practice, interprofessional collaboration and teaching. Residency trained pharmacists receive the Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Resident (ACPR) designation once they complete all of the requirements of the program. They also generally remain employed as clinical pharmacists in the hospital setting, and often take on leadership and teaching roles. 

Deadline for application to Ontario Programs is usually November 1st each year as set by Hospital Pharmacy Residency Forum of Ontario (HPRFO). A more detailed Residency Program outline is available on request by emailing KGH Pharmacy Residency Program or by contacting 613-549-6666 extension 6897. Additional information is available on the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists website.

Residency Program FAQs 

What rotations are offered? 
The program offers a variety of clinical rotations, all of which are optional and, whenever possible, selected based on the resident’s interests.  Clinical rotations are usually 6 weeks in length and may include cardiology, emergency, infectious diseases, intensive care, internal medicine, nephrology, neurosciences, oncology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care, psychiatry and surgery. 

Is licensure mandatory in Ontario during the residency year?
Residents do not need to be licensed as a pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) during the residency year. Usually, a 12-week internship is required for licensure in Ontario. The resident must contact OCP to register as an intern. The Residency Coordinator can serve as preceptor during the resident's internship and will complete the required documentation for OCP. 
How are interviews conducted? 
Our preference is a personal interview. However, it is possible to arrange a phone or video-conference interview when travel to Kingston is not possible.
Are residents eligible for employee benefits? 
Residents receive 14 per cent of regular rate of pay in lieu of benefits and eight per cent as vacation pay.
Is financial support provided for external conferences?
Residents receive funding to attend the CSHP Professional Practice Conference at a minimum. Residents may also attend conferences offered locally by the Queen’s University Continuing Professional Development office. Other conference funding may be offered.
Is there a requirement for residents to work as a staff pharmacist during residency?
Residents are eligible to work as casual pharmacists on weekdays for evening shifts (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and are paid the hourly rate of an entry-level staff pharmacists. Residents do not work weekends or on-call.
How is the resident evaluated during the residency program?
Rotations and other aspects of the resident's performance (e.g. presentations and residency project) are evaluated. The residency coordinators and director conduct a mid-year and year-end “performance” evaluation.  Residents also must self-evaluate their progress throughout the year and have opportunities to provide feedback to the program.
Why should KGH be my first choice for residency?
Completing a pharmacy residency is the best thing you can do to start your career as a hospital pharmacist. It broadens and consolidates your knowledge & skills, opens new doors, facilitates lasting professional relationships, builds confidence, and helps to shape your future career choices. The residency program at KGH has a proven track record (based on the success of our graduates); many of our residents have been accepted into Canadian and US PharmD programs and have made significant contributions to the profession by their involvement with CSHP and other professional organizations.  We have an excellent teaching and research-based facility that supports and values professional pharmacy services and residency training. Residents have the support of a team (Residency Coordinators and Director) that oversees activities and individualizes the residency program and we offer residents a highly competitive salary.