Pharmacy Residency Program

Centura Health, in conjunction with St. Anthony Hospital, is pleased to offer a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, providing pharmacists with the tools to pursue specialized PGY2 training, or prepare them for general clinical practice with an emphasis in acute care.

Through this residency, pharmacists will develop professional responsibility, learn to promote their own professional growth and maturity, and develop leadership and practice skills they can apply to their chosen area of the pharmacy profession. This program will provide experience in various clinical settings that will lead to an advanced level of knowledge and clinical practice.

To learn more contact Claire Swartwood, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacy Residency Program Director.

  • Purpose & Program Overview

    Purpose Statement
    PGY1 Program Purpose: 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.

    Centura Health’s St. Anthony Hospital PGY1 Residency will provide pharmacists with the tools for general clinical practice with an emphasis in acute care. Pharmacists will develop professional responsibility, be prepared to train and teach future pharmacy providers, learn to promote their own professional growth and maturity, and develop leadership practice skills they can apply to their chosen area of the pharmacy profession.

    Program Overview
    This is a 12 month  residency whereby residents can individualize the program according to mutually agreed upon goals. It offers required rotations in critical care (various areas), internal medicine, infectious disease, emergency medicine, administration, ambulatory care and pharmacy operations. Numerous electives are also available in areas such as hematology/oncology, anticoagulation, transplant and others. Fringe benefits include health / dental / life / liability insurance, 20 days of time off, and a travel allowance for required meetings and conferences.

    Centura Health is the region’s largest hospital network. The pharmacy residency program is based out of St. Anthony Hospital, a tertiary care center and the pharmacy department serves as a teaching facility for the Regis University School of Pharmacy and the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. The residency program is affiliated with Regis University School of Pharmacy. The Inpatient Department of Pharmacy Services has approximately 52 professional staff (30 pharmacists and 22 technicians).

  • Residency Program

    Duration / Type : 12 months / PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
    Number of Positions: 4

    Application Deadline: Refer to the ASHP Residency Directory (may vary)
    Start Date: July 1st of the academic year
    Interview Required: Yes. Phone plus onsite interview required.

  • Available Rotations


    • Orientation (July)
    • Internal Medicine
    • Critical Care
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Project month (December)
    • Infectious disease
    • Administration and Leadership
    • Project Management (longitudinal)
    • Pharmacy Operations (longitudinal)

    Examples of Elective Rotations:

    • Hematology / Oncology
    • Transplant
    • Academia
    • Anticoagulation
    • Others to be determined



  • Overview of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Completion Requirements

    • Completion of a major research project with manuscript suitable for publication
    • Medication Use Evaluation 
    • Drug monograph
    • Residency portfolio

    Attendance to and participation in the following meetings and events:

    • ASHP Residency Showcase booth
    • Regional Residency Conference

    Participation and completion of a teaching certificate program through the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is optional, but highly encouraged.

  • Major Project

    Each resident must complete a project which meets the ASHP accreditation criteria. Residents will be given examples of projects that are available. The residents are encouraged to choose a topic, which, besides being an area of interest to the residents, will also contribute to the advancement of pharmacy practice for Centura Health / St Anthony Hospital. One or more preceptors will serve as advisors for the project. All projects will be in compliance with any applicable Centura Health, IRB, and HIPAA regulations. Residency projects presented at the Regional Residency Research Conference and are strongly encouraged to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


    The following is a general timetable for completion of the project: 

    August: Project selection
    September-October: Literature review; proposal completion, IRB application submitted
    November - December: Research and implementation
    February: Initial results
    May: Regional Residency Conference presentation
    June: Final project submitted. Publication strongly encouraged.

  • Time Off

    Residents will receive 20 days of time off to be used for sick days, professional meetings, vacation days, holidays, interview days, etc. Residents may take no more than 5 days off in one learning experience without prior approval from the Residency program director and preceptor.

  • Pharmacy Operations

    It is required that the resident become a licensed pharmacist. Licensure in the State of Colorado will need to be completed by September of the incoming year.

    Residents are required to work one major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years) and one minor holiday (i.e. Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July)

  • Benefits

    Benefits listed below will be included:

    • Health Care: Residents will receive medical / dental insurance. 
    • Parking: Residents will have free parking arranged.
    • Travel: Each resident is given a stipend to assist in meeting the expense of travel to a professional meeting(s) as approved by the preceptor. Generally, this will be used for the ASHP Midyear meeting and the Regional Residency Conference.
  • Application Information

    Applicants must be a PharmD graduate of an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy and must be eligible for and obtain licensure in Colorado. The application deadline is the first Monday in January, Annually.All materials must be received by that date to ensure your application is considered. Applications should be submitted electronically through ASHP PhORCAS. Necessary application materials include:

    • Letter of intent (max of 2 pages) addressing the following questions (at a minimum):
      1. Your reason for doing an advanced post-graduate residency program?
      2. Specifically why Centura Health / St Anthony Hospital?
      3. Your long term goals in pharmacy practice?
      4. Your strengths and weaknesses at this point in your pharmacy career and how a residency will help you develop your career?
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template. Your references are welcome to submit a supplemental letter of reference in addition to completing the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template. Please include: 1 pharmacy preceptor, 1 pharmacy professional contact (known you for more than half your pharmacy education), and 1 employer in pharmacy.
    • Official college of pharmacy transcript
    • Professional photo (optional)

    An on-site interview is required. Candidates must pass Centura Health’s Human Resource Pre-screening employment phone interview prior to being scheduled for an on-site interview.

    Each residency candidate is responsible for properly completing the online application by the deadline (there will be no exceptions), sending fees to PhORCAS on time AND regularly checking the status of your file online by logging onto your PhORCAS web application. The Residency Advisory Committee reserves the right to review each application on a case-by-case basis.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do you select residents for your program?
      Each submitted application is reviewed by a group comprised of the residency director, administrative staff and preceptors. The group reviews the letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation in order to select candidates for a preliminary telephone interview.  Based on the all the above criteria, candidates are selected for an on-site interview.
    2. What does the on-site interview look like?
      The on-site interview is a half day interview. The candidates have several individual interviews with program preceptors and administrative staff. Candidates will be required to present a 15 minute case presentation on a patient/topic of choice. Our goal is to assess communication skills and career goals to determine a good fit between candidates and our program.
    3. What are the staffing responsibilities of your residents?
      Residents are required to work in pharmacy operations every two to three weekends.  They will have an extra day off prior to, or after their weekend shifts.  Residents will not be pulled from clinical rotations to work in pharmacy operations. The first half of the year our residents will help with operations in the central pharmacy.  Depending on resident’s comfort and competence,  they will be later be scheduled for clinical shifts.
    4. How flexible is my rotation schedule throughout the year? 
      We strive to structure each resident’s rotation schedule to reflect the resident’s career goals and interests. Although residents have a core set of rotations for the residency program, and with the resources available, we will work to adjust rotations to meet future career goals.
    5. Do you offer a teaching certificate?
      Yes. We are able to offer PGY1 residents’ the opportunity to complete the teaching certificate program offered through the University of Colorado School Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
    6. Can you sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. citizens? 
      This might be an option in future years, but at this time, we are unable to sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. Citizens.