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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP accredited PGY1 Program at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center builds on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication- related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

  • ASHP Program Code: 67100
  • NMS Code: 133713 - Traditional

Program Requirements

Program Requirements:

  • Completion of Residency Orientation
  • Weekend and evening staffing of one 4 hour shift per week and every 3rd weekend. Will staff 1 major and 1 minor holiday.
  • Precepting and mentoring pharmacy students through completion of the Teaching Certificate program and as assigned by preceptors
  • Participation in pharmacy department education including but not limited to completion of the following presentations:
    • A pharmacy department topic discussion
    • Morbidity & Mortality presentation
    • Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation
  • Two presentations for continuing education credit (including Pharmacy Grand Rounds)
  • Completion of a research project and the following:
    • Completion of a manuscript suitable for publication
    • Presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference
    • Presentation at a national meeting
  • Obtaining “achieved” for all required goals and objectives for the program
  • Completion of a medication safety project
  • Completion of a formulary review for a new medication
  • Completion of a medication use evaluation
  • Complete ACLS Certification
  • Attend P&T Committee meetings & Pharmacy Department Meetings
  • Participation in recruitment efforts

Pharmacists completing this residency will be competent and confident practitioners of direct patient care in multiple patient-care environments. They will be capable of administering high-quality pharmaceutical care.

Program and Resident Goals

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.

Resident Goals

  • Demonstrate professional autonomy
  • Follow a personal philosophy of practice
  • Frequently self-evaluate
  • Exhibit a commitment to excellent pharmaceutical care
  • Exercise leadership in improving the safety of the medication use system

Completion of the PGY-1 residency will prepare the resident for general clinical practice, a PGY-2 residency or a fellowship program.

Rotations and Experiences

Rotations and Experiences

Required core and elective rotations are 4-6 months depending on resident interest.

View detailed PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program descriptions.

Core Rotations

  • Internal Medicine Teaching Service (6 weeks)
  • Hospital Administration (4-6 weeks)
  • Orientation (6 weeks)

Elective Rotations (4-6 weeks depending on interest)

  • Adult Internal Medicine, Hospitalists Service
  • Adult Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Care +/- Transitions of Care
  • Drug Information
  • Infectious Disease (ID Consult Service)
  • Pediatrics (PICU/ or NICU)
  • Adult Oncology Inpatient
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Home Infusion Services
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine, Teaching Service
  • Practice Management
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplant/Nephrology
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Others based on resident interest, including repeating a previous rotation but with a different emphasis

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Weekly meetings- ~2 hours total/week
    • Finance
    • Leadership Development
    • Medication Safety
    • Operations
  • Staffing Activities- 4 hours/week
    • Central Pharmacy Operations
    • Decentralized Clinical Services
  • Pharmaceutical Grand Rounds
  • Monitoring outpatient dialysis patients
  • Research Project
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • P&T Committee Participation

Application Process

Application Process for PGY1 Residency Program

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.

Qualifications and requirements for candidacy:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of South Dakota
  • Participation in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (“The Match”)
  • A copy of transcripts: Undergraduate or non-pharmacy transcripts are not required. Only pharmacy school-related coursework must be submitted.
  • Three professional references using the Standardized Reference Template in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent describing reasons for seeking residency
  • Application deadline for the PGY1 program is January 12, 2019 at midnight.

For additional information, please contact:

Glenn D. Voss
Clinical Pharmacy Director/PGY1 Residency Program Director
Glenn.voss@avera.org

Pharmacy Intern Program

Pharmacy intern positions are available to students currently enrolled in pharmacy school. Approximately five P1s and five P2s are hired each November.

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

PhORCAS Application Site

Visit the PhORCAS site (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) to submit application information.

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