Our ASHP-accredited residency is a one-year, PGY-1 program providing experience in acute, ambulatory and administrative pharmacy practice settings. The goal of the program is to develop a foundation of critical thinking and leadership skills that will promote continuous professional development and innovation in health care. The purpose of the St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD 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 (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training. The residency program recruits for six residency positions from candidates throughout the United States.
Pharmacists completing this program will function as independent, patient-focused practitioners who provide care in multiple environments across the continuum of pharmacy practice. As integral members of the health care team, residents work to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. They will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.
Our residency program, based in a non-academic hospital environment, has become a catalyst for innovative pharmacy practice models within Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. In addition to orientation and the resident project, there are eight required rotations and two required longitudinal experiences. Rotation areas are designed to provide the resident with a well-rounded clinical and administrative experience. Within each rotation, additional time may be devoted to areas of interest, thus providing the opportunity for specialized training. Clinical rotations are designed to enhance the resident’s expertise in promoting, assessing and assuring safe, efficacious and rational drug therapy.