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Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency

Residency Program Information

 Purpose Statement

A PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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.1

 Residency Program (ASHP Accredited)

​Duration/Type: 12 months (PGY1)
​Number of ​​Positions: 6
​Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Start Date:​ July 1, 2018
Interview Required: Yes​

 Required Rotations / Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (July)
  • Internal Medicine (2 non-consecutive months)
  • Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Administration
  • Project month (December)
  • 1 selective (resident’s choice of infectious disease, oncology, or cardiology)
  • 4 electives
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Project (longitudinal)
  • Operational Knowledge (longitudinal)
  • Drug Information / Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting
  • Formulary Management

 Elective Rotations (including, but not limited to)

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Nutrition
  • Renal Transplant*
  • Anticoagulation*
  • Oncology (in-patient)
  • Oncology (ambulatory)*
  • Diabetes / Endocrine*
  • Bone Marrow Transplant (in-patient)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant (ambulatory)*
  • Solid Organ Transplant (in-patient)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (ambulatory)*
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Faculty
  • Geriatrics*
  • Operating Room
  • Toxicology
  • Family Medicine*
  • Pain Management
  • HIV*
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Burn Intensive Care
  • Neurology Intensive Care
  • Neurology (in-patient)
  • Neurology (ambulatory)*
  • Surgical Trauma Intensive Care
  • Pediatrics (through affiliation with The Children’s Hospital)
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medication Safety
​* denotes ambulatory option

 Administration Time

All residents will be given one half-day (4 hours) per week to work on administrative projects.5

 Overview of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Requirements

  • Major project
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Vizient Poster
  • Drug monograph
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting and Drug Information Questions
  • Attendance to and participation in the following meetings and events:
    • Vizient poster presentation
    • ASHP Residency Showcase booth
    • Regional Residency Conference
  • Participation and completion of a teaching certificate program through the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. More information about the Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate (CPRTC) Program is available online.
  • Participation and completion of the ASPIRE program through Kaiser Permanente Colorado and the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 Major Project

Each resident must complete a project which meets the ASHP accreditation criteria.  Residents will be given examples of projects that are available. The residents are encouraged to choose a topic, which, besides being an area of interest to the residents, will also contribute to the advancement of pharmacy practice at UCH. The resident will select one or more preceptors to serve as advisors for the projects. All projects will be in compliance with any applicable UC AMC, UCH, IRB, and HIPAA regulations. Residency projects will be presented at a Regional Residency Conference and are strongly encouraged to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The following is a general timetable for completion of the project: 

​August ​Project selection
​Septembe​​r Literature review​
​October ​Proposal completed and COMIRB application submitted
​December ​Research and implementation
​February ​Initial results
​May ​Regional Residency Conference presentation
​June ​Final project submitted. Publication strongly encouraged.


 Teaching and Education

The resident must attend the weekly Pharmacotherapy sessions, case conferences, and journal clubs.  Residents are also expected to provide education to the pharmacy staff and other healthcare providers as assigned by individual preceptors.  Additionally, each resident may present lectures or other teaching exercises to PharmD students at the School of Pharmacy.  Residents may be required to assist in the precepting of PharmD students on clerkship. The resident may attend other seminars as his/her schedule permits.  For the teaching component of the residency, the resident will be given the title of Clinical Instructor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.8

 Time Off

Time off for holidays, vacations, meetings, interviews, and sick time is accrued by each resident in a vacation "bank" called Paid Time Off (PTO). Residents may take no more than 5 days off in one learning experience without prior approval from the RPD and preceptor.9

 Service to the Institution

Residents are required to provide a determined number of service hours to the hospital to be completed by staffing a combination of operational, clinical, and transitions of care shifts.  This commitment cannot be satisfied before the end of the residency year by working additional shifts early in the year.  PGY1 residents will be scheduled in a variety of roles so that they will gain experience in a wide range of service opportunities. It is required that the resident become a licensed pharmacist.  Information on becoming licensed in Colorado can be found by visiting the following site:

Residents may work flex hours at UCH for pay in addition to their service obligations. Residents are required to work one minor holiday (i.e. Labor Day or Memorial Day) and one major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s).



All residents funded by UCH will receive the same benefits.  Benefits listed below will be included:

Health Care: Health care and other related employee benefits area available through the standard UCH employee benefit plan.

Pagers: All residents will be supplied a pager at the beginning of the residency program. Pagers are obtained through the Administrative Assistant in the UCH pharmacy department. 

Parking: All residents will have parking arranged through the Director of Pharmacy at UCH.

Continuing Education/Travel: Each resident is given a stipend to assist in meeting the expense of travel to professional meetings as approved by the Director of Pharmacy. Generally, this stipend will be used for the ASHP Midyear meeting and Regional Residency Conference.

Library Privileges / Computer Classes: All residents receive full library privileges at the Health Sciences Library. Additionally, library classes (Ovid, Internet, etc.) are free for all residents. Tutorials for other computer applications are available. If the resident wishes to enroll in any other class, s/he may do so at their personal expense.


 Specialty Residency Programs

Five PGY2 programs (oncology, critical care, emergency medicine, ambulatory care, and infectious disease) are currently offered through the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.​ ​​12

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