Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone

1796 Summer Street
Halifax, NS, B3H 3A7

Kent Toombs, BScPharm, ACPR
Residency Program Director

Dr. Sarah Burgess, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD
Residency Coordinator
Phone: 902-266-2703

For information, please visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website at:


Type: General
Established in: 1972
# Positions: 3
Application deadline: October 14, 2021 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Starting date: June 6, 2022 
PRAMS: No additional requirements to complete the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application: None
Est. stipend: $30,200 per annum
Vacation/holiday leave: 2 weeks
Education/conference leave: Residents have an opportunity to attend one conference per year funded by the department

Program highlights: Offered in affiliation with College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University which is within 10 minutes from both the Halifax Infirmary and the Victoria General sites. The program provides the resident with a broad range of experiences in the field of pharmacy designed to train competent pharmacists capable of working to their full scope of practice in Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Required Rotations:

Compulsory rotations include Medication Systems – 2 weeks
Drug Information – 4 weeks
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care – 2 weeks
General Medicine – 4 weeks
Cardiology – 4 weeks
Infectious Diseases – 4 weeks
Critical Care – 4 weeks
one of Hematology (inpatient) or Medical Oncology (outpatient) – 4 weeks
Leadership – 2 weeks
Project – maximum of 10  weeks
Longitudinal teaching – residents participate in the Pharmacy Skills Lab and by developing workshops, provide lectures on Skill Lab topics and function as a Skill Lab demonstrator to undergraduate pharmacy students at the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy over the course of the academic year. Residents are also expected to facilitate learning for the interdisciplinary team over the course of the residency and will participate in a variety of presentations throughout the program.

Elective Rotations: The resident may also chose from a variety of elective rotations, including:

Mental Health Geriatrics Long-Term Care Small Hospital (single pharmacist site)


Minimum required credentials: Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have graduated from a College of Pharmacy accredited by CCAPP or ACPE. Applicants must demonstrate a strong motivation to attain high level of competency in pharmacy practice and be willing to work to full scope of practice. Successful applicants must obtain PEBC certificate and become licensed early in Program.

For information, please visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website at:

  • Emergency
  • Dialysis
  • Multi-organ Transplant
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Hematology or Solid Tumor Oncology (in addition to required rotation noted above). Residents may also be given the opportunity to attend a maximum of 4 weeks to pharmacy departments in other hospitals with established rotations.



Type: Multi-site accredited teaching hospital
Number of beds: 1100
Sites: Victoria General, Halifax Infirmary
Affiliation: Dalhousie University



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