Overview: St. Michael Pharmacy Residency

Clinical rotations are designed to enhance the resident’s expertise in promoting, assessing and ensuring safe, efficacious and rational drug therapy. Within each rotation, additional time may be devoted to areas of interest, thus providing the opportunity for specialized training.

Required rotations

Orientation 4 weeks
Internal Medicine 6 weeks
Cardiology 4 weeks
Critical Care 6 weeks
Oncology Supportive Care and Med/Surg 4 weeks
Oncology Clinic 4 weeks
Labor/Delivery and Nursery 4 weeks
Ambulatory 4 weeks
Emergency Services 4 weeks
Informatics* 2 weeks
Practice Management* 4 weeks
Project* Longitudinal
Staffing and Practice Management Longitudinal

Elective rotations

Infectious Diseases 2 weeks
Critical Care (Advanced) 2 weeks
Informatics (Advanced)* 2 weeks


*These learning experiences do not involve direct patient care. Residents must spend 2/3 or more of the program in direct patient care activities.

Residents have the opportunity to propose and create additional elective rotations based on clinical interests, some of which may be completed off-site.

Residency project - continuous

Residents conduct a project aimed at identifying, organizing, and solving a clinical or management-related problem, which often leads to the development of a new pharmacy service. This project will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. The resident will be encouraged to submit the project for publication and present at state or national pharmacy meetings.

Required longitudinal experiences - continuous

Longitudinal experiences will occur throughout the residency year and encompass activities such as performing Drug Utilization Evaluations, presenting recommendations to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees, student precepting/PEARLS, and creating a monthly newsletter directed to all Virginia Mason Franciscan Health clinical staff. Residents will also be directly involved in the education of providers, pharmacist interns, and pharmacy technicians. Residents will also have further experiential development through staffing opportunities.