PGY1 Pharmacy Residency-Portland

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program has been accredited by ASHP since 1994, offering residents the opportunity to participate in collaborative, integrated care in health system pharmacy practice. Residents apply advanced practice-based skills, expand leadership skills, participate in professional organizations, and participate in innovative approaches to delivery of care.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is one program with two sites: Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Both Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center have implemented a layered learning model, with pharmacy student/resident/attending pharmacist teams on each of the core clinical services, modeled after the medical education model. The teams work collaboratively with health care practitioners to provide patient care and improve medication management across transitions in care. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program provides broad experience and confidence in practice-based skills across diverse practice settings while offering the opportunity to obtain focused experience in areas of interest.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program offers 15 resident positions. Each of our larger tertiary care (500-bed) medical centers serves as home base for eight pharmacy residents. The eighth resident at Providence Portland Medical Center is reserved for the PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Administration resident, whose PGY1 year is identical to the PGY1 Pharmacy residency, with the addition of MBA coursework.

All 15 residents from Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center are part of a single PGY1 program. All residents rotate throughout our health system and come together regularly for meetings, conferences and projects. Though each site has its own NMS matching number, candidates are encouraged to rank both sites when applying.

Here are some common questions regarding the staffing component of the PGY1 curriculum:

  • What are the staffing requirements?
    Residents are required to staff one night/week (4-hour shift) and one weekend/month (2, 8 hour shifts).
  • Where will I be staffing?
    Residents staff at their respective home base site and includes a mix of clinical and central pharmacy shifts.
  • Am I staffing by myself?
    Another co-resident will staff with you but will not be placed in the same staffing area. One resident will do clinical staffing on Saturday while another does central pharmacy staffing, and on Sunday the roles will switch. When you begin to staff independently, another co-resident will be staffing with you, as well as at least one other pharmacist.
  • Do I staff on the same weeknight the entire year?
    No, residents cycle through weeknight staffing shifts with the exception of no resident will staff on Thursdays.
  • Why are no residents scheduled to staff on Thursdays?
    Thursday afternoons are reserved for residency meetings (quarterly RPD meetings, educational workshops, etc).
  • Am I allowed to switch staffing shifts with another co-resident?
    Absolutely! As long as it is approved by your site manager, switching is acceptable.
  • Do I have to staff on holidays?
    Each resident is required to staff one of the four major holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.
Orientation 4 weeks
Administration 6 weeks
Advisor Longitudinal
Continuous Quality Improvement Longitudinal
Major Project Longitudinal
Formulary Project Longitudinal
Direct Patient Care
Internal Medicine 6 weeks
Cardiology 6 weeks
Critical Care 6 weeks
Either Primary Care or Ambulatory Geriatrics 6 weeks
Staffing Longitudinal
Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care 6 weeks
Oncology 6 weeks
Infectious Disease 6 weeks
Emergency Medicine 6 weeks
Surgery 6 weeks
Total Parenteral Nutrition 6 weeks
Ambulatory Care
Anticoagulation 6 weeks
Home Infusion 6 weeks
Specialty Pharmacy 6 weeks
Longitudinal Rotations
Primary care
Ambulatory Geriatrics
Global Health
Infectious Disease
Indirect Patient Care
Informatics 6 weeks
Managed Care 6 weeks
Medication Safety 6 weeks
Teaching Certificate Program 2 weeks