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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.

Program Details

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 weeks depending on resident interest.

View detailed PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program descriptions.

Core Rotations

  • Internal Medicine Teaching Service (6 weeks)
  • Hospital Administration (5 weeks)
  • Orientation (4 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
  • 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

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 10, 2021.

For additional information, please contact:

Glenn D. Voss, PharmD
Director of Clinical Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency Program Director

PhORCAS Application Site

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

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