Residency purpose statement

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..

Residency experience

The residency year is composed of a set of both core and elective rotations lasting 4 weeks in duration. The resident may choose 3 electives from list below. Longitudinal rotations are yearlong and require progress throughout the residency year.

Core Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Administration/Medication Safety
  • Internal Medicine (Med/Surg)
  • Critical Care (Medical/Cardiac)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Trauma
  • Academia (Regis)

Elective Rotations

  • Pediatrics
  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases 2
  • Emergency Medicine 2
  • Critical Care 2/Burn
  • Hematology/Oncology

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Administration/Medication Safety
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Research Project
  • Academia
  • Staffing

The service component (staffing) is considered a longitudinal rotation during the PGY1 year. Staffing provides the resident with the opportunity to identify the unique challenges present while working as an independent practitioner and apply knowledge gained during learning experiences. The resident is required to work one weekend (one Saturday and one Sunday) every 3 weeks beginning in August through June of the residency year. One Winter Holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day) and one Summer Holiday (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July) are also required as part of the service component.  The resident is also obligated to work one evening shift (1700 – 2100) every third week.

Residents are paid a $48,700 stipend for the 52-week residency year. Twenty days of paid time off (PTO) are included; this time is expected to be used for holidays, job interviews, travel to meetings (other than ASHP Midyear and Spring residency conference), and/or illness. Medical and dental insurance is an optional benefit that the resident may elect. All residents must complete a physical, background check, drug and health screening prior to starting the residency program.
The resident will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (MCM) to present a poster for their residency project and assist with recruiting during the Residency Showcase. The resident will also attend either the Western States Conference in California or Mountain States Conference in Utah to present the findings of their residency project. Registration and travel fees will be covered by the residency program; however, society memberships such as ASHP are the responsibility of the resident.

Pharmacist licensure

Licensure in the state of Colorado is a requirement of the SMC PGY1 residency program. The licensure process can take 6-8 weeks and residents should strive to begin the licensure process prior to the start date. Licensure must be obtained within 90 days of the resident start date. It is recommended to retain photocopies of all materials submitted for licensure. Find more information on obtaining pharmacist licensure in Colorado.

Application requirements

The deadline for all application materials in January 6th (every year). Required application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS.

Applicants must be a graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Interview offers will be extended by late January and required on-site interviews will be conducted in February. Interviews should be expected to last the full day and include evaluation and presentation of a patient case that will be provided.

The Swedish Medical Center PGY1 Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Match Program. All applicants must register for the match at National Matching Services.

Pharmacy residency graduates

Contact information

Residency Program Coordinator
Dustin Leitzel, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Residency Program Director
Rachel Beham, PharmD