Residency program overview

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

The PGY1 residency at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) was established in 2002. The residency program will increase confidence and knowledge in clinical pharmacy practice, as well as medication distribution roles. Residents experience a wide range of clinical specialties, assist with precepting pharmacy students, and are encouraged to seek out individual learning opportunities. Residents have opportunities to participate in a variety of committees and special projects throughout the hospital.

The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) is a nationally recognized community hospital in Aurora, CO and is an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, and HealthONE, Denver’s largest healthcare system. TMCA is a Level II Trauma Center, accredited Chest Pain Center and holds Primary Stroke Certification. TMCA has earned three-time Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, becoming the first community hospital in metro Denver to achieve this accomplishment. Some of the many services provided include critical care, emergency medicine, cardiovascular services, behavioral health, surgery, trauma, infectious disease, nephrology, pediatrics and neonatology, oncology, neurology, and labor and delivery.

The Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the state, providing treatment for approximately 80,000 patients annually. TMCA claims the largest behavioral health inpatient facility in the state and offers services for patients in age groups ranging from pediatric to geriatric, along with numerous outpatient services. Using advanced technology to remain on the cutting edge of healthcare, TMCA is proud to provide superior, personalized patient care. At The Medical Center of Aurora, you will have the opportunity to work in a progressive environment that focuses on patient care and encourages teamwork in all facets of healthcare.

Pharmacy department

The pharmacy department at TMCA provides pharmaceutical services to all areas of the hospital. Pharmacists play a vital role in patient care through decentralization in patient care areas, representation as valued members of interdisciplinary rounding teams, and representation on hospital committees. The central pharmacy utilizes technology to efficiently and safely dispense medications. There are pharmacy satellites in the intensive care unit and operating room.

Pharmacy staff works closely with all other members of the healthcare team to enhance patient care. Pharmacists enjoy a robust scope of practice policy that includes dosing vancomycin, aminoglycosides, warfarin, and insulin glargine; along with IV to PO conversion and renal adjustment.

Learning experiences (rotations)

  • Required
    • Administration (3 weeks)
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship (6 weeks)
    • Behavioral health (6 weeks)
    • Acute care (6 weeks)
    • Cardiology (6 weeks)
    • Critical care (7 weeks)
    • Emergency medicine/trauma (7 weeks)
    • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Longitudinal (year-long)
    • Medication safety and regulatory compliance
    • Practice management (staffing)
    • Residency project
  • Elective (may choose one elective, 4 weeks)
    • Pediatrics
    • Toxicology
    • Additional elective experiences are available and can be developed based on resident needs and interests

Staffing responsibilities

As part of the practice management (staffing) longitudinal rotation, the resident will staff every third weekend in an assigned pharmacy area. Staffing shifts will be during the day or evening shifts (but will not include the overnight shifts) and will be 10 hours in length. Residents may staff in central pharmacy or decentralized in various clinical units. As a result of the staffing requirement, the resident will work a 12 on/2 off, 5 on/2 off schedule. Changes to this schedule may be made by arrangement with the residency program director and/or assistant pharmacy director. The resident will also be required to staff one major hospital- recognized winter holiday of their choice, either Thanksgiving or New Year's Day. The residents will be given Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day off.

Residency stipend and benefits

The resident will be paid an agreed-upon stipend distributed bi-weekly over the course of the 12 month residency year (July - June). The stipend for 2019-2020 residency year was $47,500. The resident will be eligible for the comprehensive benefits package offered by the hospital during their employment (medical, dental and vision). Residents will also be eligible for a 401k retirement plan contribution, PTO accrual, and flexible spending account. Deductions for all of these benefits will be withdrawn from the resident’s bi-weekly paycheck. The resident is also eligible for various HealthONE employee discounts throughout the community. The resident is expected to comply with all required human resources policies and procedures.

Educational benefits

The resident will have the opportunity to attend ASHP Midyear in December and Mountain States Conference in May. The resident will present preliminary results of his or her residency research project as a poster at Midyear and will assist with recruiting. Final research project presentations will be completed at Mountain States. While every effort is made to secure funding for resident travel, final approval is dependent on budgetary decisions.

Pharmacist licensure

The resident must be licensed as a registered pharmacist in the state of Colorado. Licensure must be completed at the earliest possible date. If the resident is not licensed before their residency program start date, they must obtain a valid Colorado intern license until pharmacist licensure is completed. The resident is expected to be licensed as soon as possible unless extenuating circumstances arise (i.e. already a pharmacist in another state and experiencing reciprocating issues). Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated by pharmacy leadership. The resident will be dismissed from the residency program if not licensed by 1/3 point from start date of the residency program.

Application requirements

The deadline for all application materials is January 3rd. Application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS. Applicants must be a graduate or candidate for graduation of an accredited pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation), or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).


Interview offers will be extended in late January. Interviews will be conducted in early to mid-February.

Pharmacy preceptors

Acute care



Antimicrobial stewardship

Behavioral health

Critical care

Emergency medicine/trauma

Medication safety and regulatory compliance

Practice management (staffing)

Residency project

Current residents

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