Understanding Pharmacy Residencies 

March 17, 2016

Author: Denise Hemphill


Denise R. Hemphill, has a PharmD from Purdue University and diverse pharmacy practice experiences throughout the healthcare industry. She is a practicing pharmacist, sought after professional resume writer, carer thouht leader and founder of Select Resume Solutions. Denise helps pharmacists nationwide achieve their career goals. 

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January 16, 2016

Purpose: Residents in PGY1 residency programs are provided the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills that can be applied in any position and in any practice setting. PGY1 residents acquire substantial knowledge required for skillful problem solving, refine their problem-...

January 5, 2016

Figuring out how many pharmacy residency programs to apply to is very difficult, but a good rule of thumb is to apply to 10-15 programs. Even if you think you are an ideal candidate, do not limit yourself to only 3-4 programs. 


You will use the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, also known as (PhORCAS), to submit your residency applications.  This website will allow you to submit one...

January 5, 2016

 The following pharmacists will provide expert advice and guidance for the choices and challenges you will face. 


Ernest R. Anderson, Jr

Ernie is the founder of Ernest R. Anderson Consulting Inc., and consults in all aspects of pharmacy practice with health-system pharmacies. Ernie shares that there will likely be times that your values will be challenged and encourages you to carefully consider the values that are import...

December 23, 2015


Pharmacy residencies are designed to further prepare pharmacists for advanced professional practice. Not only does residency completion offer residents a competitive advantage in the marketplace, but residency programs train residents in a variety of patient care settings and provide opportunities to interact and network with many different types of health care practitioners. They give students exposure to innovative practice...

December 23, 2015

Upon completion of a PGY1 residency, residents are eligible for PGY2 opportunities in a variety of practice settings, including ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, drug information, geriatrics, infectious diseases, and many others. A PGY2 requires more experience, skills, and ability developed in either a broad set of patients or a focused area of practice.  

Purpose: PGY2 residency programs are designed to develop...

December 23, 2015

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists serves as an accrediting body for pharmacy residencies in the U.S. ASHP believes that postgraduate residencies are the best source of highly qualified manpower, and therefore has developed stringent accreditation standards to ensure quality residency training.

 Why do I need an ASHP-accredited residency? 

ASHP administers the only process that grants accreditation status to...

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