Purpose & Program Overview
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.
This is a 12 month residency whereby residents can individualize the program according to mutually agreed upon goals. It offers required rotations and longitudinal experiences in critical care, general medicine, infectious disease, oncology, pediatrics/neonatology, transitions of care, administration/leadership, academic, and pharmacy operations. Numerous electives are also available in areas such as cardiology, neonatal ICU, rehabilitation and others.
Fringe benefits include:
- Liability insurance
- 20 days of time off
- Travel allowance for required meetings and conferences
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.
- Orientation (July)
- General Medicine
- Critical Care
- Infectious disease
- Project Management (longitudinal)
- Pharmacy Operations (longitudinal)
- Transitional Care (longitudinal)
- Academia (longitudinal)
Examples of elective rotations:
- Neonatal ICU
- Others to be determined
Overview of the 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.
Learn more about the Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate (CPRTC) Program.
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.
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 3 days off in one learning experience without prior approval from the Residency program director and preceptor.
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.
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 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/pharmacy leadership. Generally, this will be used for the ASHP Midyear meeting and the Regional Residency Conference.
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 second 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.
- Letter of intent (max of 2 pages) addressing the following questions (at a minimum):
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 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 later 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.