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Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How competitive is your residency program?

    We received approximately 150 applications for our four PGY1 pharmacy residency positions.

  2. How do you select residents for your program?

    Each submitted application is reviewed by a group comprised of the residency director, residency coordinator, preceptors and current residents.  The group reviews the letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation in order to select candidates for an on-site interview.
     
  3. What does the on-site interview look like?

    The on-site interview is a full day interview.  The candidates have several individual interviews with program preceptors and current residents.  There is no presentation required by the candidates.  Our goal is to assess communication skills and career goals to determine a good fit between candidates and our program.

  4. Do you participate in the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) during the ASHP Midyear meeting?

    No, our PGY1 program does not participate in PPS.  We have many representatives from our program, as well as our current residents, present during the residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear meeting, and we’d be happy to answer your questions during that time.

  5. What are the staffing responsibilities of your residents?

    Residents are required to provide 320 hours of service to the hospital by staffing 40 inpatient shifts throughout the year.  This is accomplished by the residents staffing roughly every other weekend.  The first half of the year our residents staff central pharmacy shifts, and we transition them to clinical decentralized shifts during the second half of the year.

  6. Can I make changes to my rotation schedule throughout the residency year?

    Absolutely!  We strive to structure each resident’s rotation schedule to reflect the resident’s career goals and interests.  To stay true to that effort, we understand and anticipate the residents’ interests to change as they go through the year.  As long as a preceptor and site is available, we encourage residents to adjust rotations to meet their goals.

  7. Do you offer a teaching certificate?

    Yes.  We require PGY1 residents’ participation and completion of the teaching certificate program offered through the University of Colorado School Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  8. What does a typical day in the life of a resident look like?

    Each day is different and depends heavily on the type of rotation the resident is currently on.  Most clinical rotations consist of patient work-ups, rounding, answering drug information questions and topic discussions with the team and preceptor.  Administrative or ambulatory rotations will have a different dynamic of meetings, clinic visits and topic discussions.  Besides the rotation requirements, most days include working on miscellaneous projects (clinical pearls, Pharmacy Update, major project, MUE, etc).

  9. What do your residents tend to do after residency?

    The majority of our residents either pursue a PGY2 or fellowship or accept clinical specialist positions following residency.  In fact, many of our former residents have taken clinical positions here at UCH – it’s great when we can hire our own residents!

  10. Can you sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. citizens?

    We are able to sponsor international residents under a J visa.  An H visa costs the program significant fees that we do not have allocated resources for. Applications are welcome for those non-U.S. citizens with a green card or current visa that will be valid throughout the residency year.  Applicants must have graduated from an AACP accredited college of pharmacy.