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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is designed to develop clinical pharmacy practitioners capable of administering high-quality pharmaceutical care.

Our Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) residency is a one year program, which begins in mid June of each year. Residents will receive a stipend of $50,000 with full employee benefits.

Program Goals

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of settings.
  • Educate students, healthcare providers and patients.
  • Develop project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Improve drug information skills.
  • Plan, initiate and document pharmaceutical care services.
  • Maintain a professional and ethical manner.
  • Develop leadership skills in pharmacy practice.
  • Utilize medical informatics.
  • Contribute to formulary decisions.

Application Process for PGY1

Applications for eight residency positions are currently being accepted.  Qualifications for candidacy are a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and licensure or eligibility for licensure in South Dakota.

Interested candidates should:

  1. Apply through the PhORCAS (pharmacy online residency centralized application service)
  2. Through PhORCAS, you will need to submit the following required documentation:
    • A letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Academic transcripts (College of Pharmacy / profession years)
    • Three letters of recommendation (form documents in PhORCAS acceptable)
  3. Avera McKennan application for employment to be completed post match

Glenn VossFor additional information, please contact:

Glenn D. Voss
Clinical Pharmacy Director/PGY1 Residency Program Director
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
1325 S Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

  • Applications will be accepted until the closing date of January 15, 2016.
  • This residency program participates in the National Match program.

Professional Experience

The program for each resident is based on his/ her goals, interests and experiences. All residents are required to complete rotations in core subject areas essential to the clinical pharmacy practitioner.

Additional learning experiences include a project relating to pharmacy practice, development of oral & written communication skills, participation in various leadership and practice management committees, and practice in various patient care areas throughout the institution.

Residents will have experiences in the following areas:

  • Internal medicine
  • Management/quality improvement
  • Drug information
  • Administration
  • Critical care
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatology
  • Surgical medicine
  • Ambulatory care
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Solid organ/bone marrow transplant
  • Teaching certificate required

Pharmacy Intern Program

Pharmacy intern positions are available to students currently enrolled in pharmacy school. Approximately four P1s are hired every fall and four P2s every spring. 

Each September and February, positions will be posted in our careers area.

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