Centura Health-Penrose St. Francis Health Services PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Centura Health, in conjunction with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, is pleased to sponsor two PGY1 pharmacy residency positions. The Centura Health PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program provides pharmacists with the tools to pursue specialized PGY2 training, board certification, and prepare them for general clinical practice through a well-rounded, comprehensive experience. 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. We have confidence that our program will provide you with many opportunities needed to achieve your career goals in the field of pharmacy practice.

Locate the residency program details below and contact us for further information or questions.

Jan Holley, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director 

Phone: 719-776-2404

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services 
2222 N. Nevada Ave. 
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

  • 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 Penrose-St. Francis Health Services PGY1 Residency will provide pharmacists with the tools for general clinical practice through a well-rounded, comprehensive experience. 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 OverviewThis is a 12 month residency whereby residents can individualize the program according to mutually agreed upon goals. It offers required rotations in block and longitudinal experiences, as well as elective experiences.  See “Rotations” Section 4.

    Centura Health is the region’s largest hospital network. The pharmacy residency program is based out of Penrose Hospital for adult medicine experiences with pediatric and NICU experiences at St.Francis Medical Center. 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 PSF Inpatient Department of Pharmacy Services has approximately 78 professional staff (39 pharmacists, 2 residents and 37 technicians).

    Learn more about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

  • Residency Program

    • Duration / Type: 12 months / PGY1
    • Number of Positions: 2
    • Application Deadline: First Monday in January, Annually
    • Start Date: July 1st of the academic year
    • Interview Required: Yes
    • Stipend: Yes
  • Rotations


    • Orientation and Pharmacy Operations Training (4 weeks)
    • General Medicine (Internal Medicine) (6 weeks)
    • Critical Care (6 weeks)
    • Oncology (6 weeks)
    • Transitions of Care (4 weeks)
    • Infectious disease/Antibiotic Stewardship (6 weeks)
    • Pediatrics/NICU (4 weeks)
    • Academia (Teaching) Regis (3 weeks)

    In addition to the required core clinical rotations above, residents will be involved in the following core rotations as longitudinal experiences.

    • Administration and Leadership
    • Pharmacy Operations (Service Experience)
    • Project Management

    Elective rotations (4 to 6 weeks)

    • Neuro/Trauma- Critical care (4 weeks)
    • Cardiology (4 weeks)
    • Other rotations may be developed based on resident interest 
  • Overview of the PGY1

    Overview of the (Pharmacy) PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Completion Requirements:

    • Pass all required and elective rotations
    • The resident is expected to have earned an assessment of “Achieved”  (ACH)  for >/= 80% of all required objectives, and at minimum “Satisfactory Progress” (SP) for all elective objectives of the residency program for successful completion of the program.  No objectives can have a final assessment of “Needs Improvement” (NI), at the end of the residency year (defined as >/= 30% NI’s over the course of the year on any one objective.
    • Completion of all assigned evaluations in PharmAcademicTM
    • Medication Use Evaluation and presentation of the project as appropriate (as a minimum)
    • Resident Poster submission to a major meeting
    • Completion of the resident portfolio
    • Completion of a major project -this includes turning in full manuscript suitable for publication before the completion of the residency year.
    • Primary presenter at a minimum of one PT&D meeting, including completion of the agenda, meeting and newsletter.
    • No less than one Focus PDCA over the course of the Residency
    • Grand Rounds Presentation.

    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.

    Learn more about the Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate (CPRTC) Program.

  • 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 / Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. 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 will be 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

    Centura Health and Pharmacy Department policies on family, medical, or other types of leave will apply to PGY 1 residents.

    PTO (Paid time off):
    Residents accumulate personal time off at the hospital exempt employee rate. PTO is used for vacation, holidays, personal days off and sick days not covered under short term disability. PTO hours must be accrued prior to taking it. Un-used days at the end of the residency year, may be used if continuing in employment, or paid out at the percentage determined by the hospital policy (subject to future policy changes).

    • Requests for days off must follow the pharmacy department guidelines, and be no less than 30 days prior to time off.  Days off must be approved by the Residency Director.
    • Choosing your holiday (s) to work at the beginning of the resident year may be beneficial for planning your vacation days throughout the year.
    • Rotation schedules may vary depending on scheduled vacation day.

    Vacation Days:

    • Not more than 3 vacation days may be taken during a rotation. Exceptional circumstances will be addressed on an individual basis.  All vacation time must be approved by the rotation preceptor and the Residency Program Director.  Residents are scheduled to have longitudinal project days throughout the year.  Using vacation time is highly discouraged during assigned project days.
    • Vacation time is not available / to be used for longitudinal weekend staffing coverage.
    • Residents are asked not to request time off  during the July orientation month, or the last 2 weeks of the program. 
    • Requests for vacation must be made at least 30 days in advance and approved by the Residency Director. 

    Administrative Leave: up to 7 days in addition to PTO days.
    Administrative leave is provided for attendance at a national professional meeting (Mid-Year) (up to 4 days) and the regional residency conference (up to 3 days), without the use of vacation (PTO).

    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting: 3-4 days
    • Regional Residency Conference Meeting in May: 2-3 days
  • 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 30th of the incoming year. Find information on becoming licensed in Colorado, visit the State Board of Pharmacy website.

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

  • Benefits

    Benefits listed below will be included:

    • Two Medical Plan Options
    • Wellness Programs
    • Dental Plan Options
    • Vision Plan
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Short Term Disability  (up to 26 weeks)
    • Long Term Disability (6 month waiting period)
    • Basic Life Insurance
    • Paid Time Off
    • 401 (k) Retirement Plan (eligible after 1st 1000 eligible hours in first employment year)
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Tuition Reimbursement 
    • Stipend to assist in expense of travel to ASHP Midyear and a 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 / Penrose-St. Francis Health Services? 
      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 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.

    Find more information about ASHP Resident Matching Program.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    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 above criteria, candidates are selected for an on-site interview.

    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.

    What are the staffing responsibilities of your residents?
    Residents are required to work in pharmacy operations (2 days) every other weekend. 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 may be scheduled for clinical shifts.

    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.

    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.

    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.