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PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

  • Our Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency program builds on PharmD education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist 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.


    • We are committed to helping residents gain clinical and leadership skills and enhance professional growth.
    • At the completion of the residency, residents will be able to effectively provide patient care in multiple settings, and lead medication improvement initiatives in a community-based institutional setting.
    • The residency provides residents with the ability to enhance their professional ethic, gain and apply pharmacy and patient care knowledge, demonstrate effective communications skills, develop independent learning proficiency, and grow leadership and precepting skills.


    Mercy’s PGY-1 Residency assists residents in achieving skills and knowledge to enhance competency as a pharmacy practitioner and leader. All residents are expected to:

    • Independently provide quality direct patient care in multiple practice settings
    • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Develop a professional ethic consistent with the Allina Health mission and values
    • Acquire skills to evaluate evidence-based literature to promote safe, effective, and cost appropriate care
    • Design quality improvement initiatives to improve the medication use and pharmacy processes
    • Develop independent learning skills for continual professional and leadership development

    Educational opportunities

    • Optional teaching certificate program
    • Major capstone project – PowerPoint presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference and poster presentation at the MSHP Annual Conference
    • Medication Utilization Evaluation – poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and P&T
    • Teaching assistants role for University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab
    • ACLS Certification and code response 
    • Co-precepting of APPE and IPPE students
    • In-services to other health care professionals
    • Participation in pharmacy and therapeutics committee
    • Meeting attendance at several meetings including MSHP Midyear, ASHP Midyear, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference

    There will also be opportunities for presentations and projects during the residents' various rotations.


    • Residents will staff every other weekend
    • Each resident will work at least three of six observed holidays
    • Residents staff decentral practice areas, central pharmacy, and medication history shifts.
  • Clinical rotations


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    expand to learn moreInternal medicine

    expand to learn morePatient education

    expand to learn morePrecepting

    expand to learn morePractice management

    expand to learn moreSystem formulary

    Core elective 

    expand to learn moreCardiology

    expand to learn moreEmergency medicine

    expand to learn moreInfectious disease

    expand to learn moreMental health


    expand to learn moreLeadership

    expand to learn moreOncology

    expand to learn moreTransitions of Care

    Off-site electives

    • Ambulatory Care (Allina Health clinics)
    • Toxicology (HCMC Poison Center)
    • Pediatrics (St. Paul Children’s Hospital)
    • Health System Leadership (The Commons)
    • Hospice/Pain (Allina Health Westgate)
    • Clinical Decision Support (The Commons)
    • Rural Health (Various Allina Health affiliate hospitals)