Pharmacy Residency Program

​Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). 

Completing an accredited pharmacy residency program following graduation represents a great start to a hospital pharmacy practice career. It allows residents to perform as licensed pharmacists, and to train under supervision across the key areas including inpatient, pharmacotherapy and ambulatory pharmacy practice areas.

Residents are able to develop skills and competence in providing pharmaceutical care to a variety of patients across different hospital settings. Successfully completing an accredited program enables a competitive advantage in the job market, as health systems increasingly require residency training for healthcare-system pharmacy positions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency?

PGY1 pharmacy residency training is a 2-year accredited program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from a professional pharmacy degree program.

The first year of the residency program enhances general competencies in managing medication-use systems and supports optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with a broad range of disease states.

The second year is designed to hone the clinical acumen of the resident to enable them to be practice-ready in the healthcare system.

What does Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi ‘s PGY1 program offer?

The Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, one of only two accredited programs in the UAE, ​is designed to expose the resident to a variety of practice areas in an acute care environment in order to build and expand knowledge and skills necessary for direct patient care.

Rotations include:

  • Internal medicine
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Medication quality and safety
  • Endocrinology
  • Automation and informatics
  • Administration
  • Ambulatory care
  • Transplant pharmacotherapy
  • Neurology

Additional activities include involvement in educational programs such as case conferences, journal clubs and seminar presentations, completion of a research project and participation in hospital committees.

    Residents who successfully complete this program are well-prepared for pharmacy generalist positions, specialized residencies, fellowships or other career opportunities.

What are the eligibility criteria and how do I apply?

Applicants for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi's pharmacy residency program must meet the eligibility criteria below.

  • Emirati citizenship
  • Eligibility for licensure in the UAE
  • BS in Pharmacy or Pharm. D, minimum GPA 3.0
  • Pass score in residency entry exam administered through the Department of Health
  • IELTS (6 and above) or TOFEL (550 and above)

To apply, candidates must submit the following:

    Candidates meeting the requirements for the position will be contacted for an onsite interview.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information about the pharmacy residency program, please contact Rania El-Lababidi, Director of Pharmacy Residency Programs, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, or visit the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website.


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