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PGY1 Residency Programs

  Residency training programs definitions 

PGY1 Hospital/Health-System Residency Programs 









The purpose of this specialty residency is to develop leadership and management skills to effectively manage pharmacy programs and services in a health system, academic research center, or organization. The resident may gain training in personnel and resource management, financial management and performance measures, strategic planning, communication, legal and regulatory compliance, automation and technology systems, contracting and purchasing, quality management, clinical services, safe medication-use processes, clinical research, ambulatory care and long-term care management, and management of specialty practice areas.

According to Crouch (2013) A hospital/health-system residency prepares graduates to meet ASHP's 2015 Initiative goals by further developing critical-thinkiing skills, interdisciplinary communication skills, and drug disease state knowledge.

Unique aspects: 

  • Resident will acquire first hand experience in the medical management or acutely and critically ill patients. 

  • Resident will encounter a wide range of acute and ambulatory care populationis with a variety of diseases and severities.

  • The resident may be required to complete on-call duties that may range from 24-hour clinical in-house coverage to weekly 24-hour, 7-days-a-week coverage. 


Residency programs in community hospitals 


Careers in Health-System Pharmacy (video) 



PGY1 Managed Care Residency Programs








Veterans Affairs medical centers, Medicare Advantage Plans, health plans and HMO's are common settings for managed care organizations.The purpose of this specialty residency is to apply clinical pharmacy practice to patient populations. The pharmacist will use clinical skills and apply evidence-based care and pharmaco-economic principles to apply drug therapy decisions to a wide variety of disease states. Experiences may include:

  • formulary management 

  • drug-use criteria development 

  • outcomes data mining,

  • measurement and reporting

  • informatics use

  • patient therapy outcomes research and market share analysis. Pharmacists completing this residency are in very high demand and can expect to work in healthcare systems as managers of drug benefit design and outcomes.


Managed Care Outpatient Pharmacy profile 



PGY1 Ambulatory-Based Residencies

Government facilities, community health clinics, federally-qualified health centers and large closed health care systems such as Kaiser Permanente and Intermountain Healthcare are common practice sites for ambulatory-based residency programs. ACCP, APhA, and ASHP define ambulatory care as "The provision of integrated, accessible healthcare services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, deveoping sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community." ( Crouch, 2013).

Potential traininees need to understand how the residency program is structured in order to make an informed decision,. According to Crouch training programs in ambulatory care should make trainees competent, autonomous providers of direct patient care in multidisciplinary practice environments, as well as prepare them to pursue specialty credentialing as required for future practice. 


Pharmacy residency training as a prerequisite for direct patient care practice


Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program










The Community Pharmacy Residency Program  (CPRP) was established in 1986 by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with the purpose to develop innovative pharmacists who will meet the challenges presented by a changing healthcare system. Residency training in community pharmacies is a new concept when compared to residency training in the institutional setting. Pharmacists in community pharmacy practice have an enormous potential to affect direct patient care. Click on the picture to read unique aspects of community pharmacy residencies.


Residency training in community pharmacies is a new concept when compared to residency training in the institutional setting. Pharmacists in community pharmacy practice have an enormous potential to affect direct patient care.


Historical development and emerging trends of community pharmacy residencies. 

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