Post-Graduate Year-1 Residency

Pharmacists completing the post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency experience will be competent practitioners able to provide direct patient care in a broad range of both inpatient and outpatient clinical practice settings at a level beyond that of a practitioner without postgraduate training. They will be skilled in educating other health care professionals, students, and patients, and will exemplify professionalism both in philosophy and by example. These pharmacists will also integrate their knowledge of drug delivery and patient care to ensure a medication use system that is safe, efficient, and cost effective.

The PGY1 residency program is a 12-month learning experience with 10 positions available per year.

Available rotations:

Residents complete a 6-week orientation rotation beginning in mid- June followed by 12 four-week rotations.

Required Learning Experiences
Orientation 6 weeks
Internal Medicine Three, 4-week blocks

Experience Areas

  • General Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Family Medicine
Critical Care Two, 4-week blocks

Experience Options

  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Surgical Intensive Care
Drug Information
4 weeks
Practice Management
4 weeks
Ambulatory Care Clinic
4 weeks

Experience Options

  • Pulmonary Medicine Clinic
  • Primary Care Clinic (location may be offsite)

Elective Learning Experiences (choose 4)

  • Bone Marrow Transplant (Inpatient)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Emergency Department
  • Oncology Clinic
  • HIV Clinic
  • Infectious Diseases – Inpatient Floor
  • Infectious Diseases – Stewardship
  • Oncology (Inpatient)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Solid Organ Transplant (Inpatient)
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care
  • Nutrition Support
  • Primary Care Clinic (Location may be offsite)
  • Pulmonary Medicine Clinic
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Solid Organ Transplant Clinic
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Transition of Care

Additional activities:

  • Design and complete a medication use evaluation
  • Design and complete a residency project
  • Present continuing education seminar to the pharmacy staff
  • Present journal clubs and other presentations to students and pharmacy staff
  • Participate in Code Blue coverage
  • Participate in leadership activities on system drug use committees
  • Participate in the pharmacy resident on-call program
  • Participate in staffing and clinical pharmacy services every third weekend
  • Participate in precepting pharmacy students
  • Attend and present at the ASHP Midyear meeting and Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • An optional teaching certificate program is available in collaboration with Wayne State University

Residents receive a competitive stipend and benefits including health insurance, sick and professional leave, free parking, and professional travel reimbursement.

Application information:

  • PharmD from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • Application documents submitted by January 2nd through the PHORCAS System
    • Letter of intent/personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcripts from pharmacy school (undergraduate transcripts not required)
    • Three professional references
  • Interview
  • Available to begin program in mid-June
  • Eligible for Pharmacy Licensure in the state of Michigan
  • All HFH pharmacy residencies participate in the ASHP matching program

Program director

Jane McDonnell, PharmD, BCPS
2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, Mi 48202
Phone: (313) 916 5126
Fax: (313) 916 1302

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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