PGY1 Pharmacy Residency; ASHP-accredited
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Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS
PGY1 residency program director

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Pharmacy Department 
800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 11321 
Minneapolis, MN 55407 

Ph: 612-863-5417 
Fax: 612-863-7134

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency; ASHP-accredited

Purpose Statement

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Outcomes of PGY1 Residency Training

  • Optimize patient-centered care by providing evidence-based medication therapy as an integral member of the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  • Demonstrate project management skills in conducting quality/process improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills

Residency Overview

Our residency program provides skill development in basic and specialized pharmaceutical care, teaching, practice management, and leadership.  Residents collaborate with pharmacists, providers, nurses, and other health care professionals to identify, prevent, and resolve medication therapy issues.  Emphasis is placed on improvement of clinical skills in a variety of areas, however, total care of the patient will also be taught.  Overseeing the medication preparation and distribution process completes the resident’s understanding of the full medication use process. 

Teaching and precepting pharmacy students takes three forms.  First, when residents are scheduled on a learning experience and there is incidentally an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) student in the same area, the resident will precept the student under the supervision of a pharmacist preceptor.  Second, residents are assigned to moderate case presentations with APPE students bi-weekly.  Third, the residents organize and supervise Initial Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) students. Residents also have the option to pursue a teaching certificate and act as a teaching assistant with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

To advance practice management and leadership skills, residents will participate in managing pharmacy practice, understanding human resources management, and planning/monitoring department quality, regulatory and accreditation requirements. The resident will attend meetings with a preceptor leader to gain exposure to administrative issues at the hospital and health-system.  Multiple projects will be selected and assigned throughout the residency to address current issues or longstanding hospital needs, including at least one medication use evaluation (MUE) and a major project.  These projects will focus on medication safety, medication use optimization, pharmacy operations, and/or financial impact. The MUE will be a quality improvement project and will not require IRB review while the major project will require submission to IRB.

Required Learning Experiences*

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine I (2 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Neurosurgical/Medical-Surgical Intensive Care
  • Orientation
  • Practice Management
  • System Formulary Management (1 week)

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Emergency Department
  • Executive Pharmacy Leadership (2 weeks)
  • Hospice & Palliative Care (1 week)
  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Rehabilitation/Spine
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pharmacy Informatics (2 weeks)
  • Psychiatry
  • Renal/Medical-Surgical
  • Solid Organ Transplant

*Learning experiences are 4 weeks in length unless otherwise noted

Per ASHP requirements, residents must select at least 4 patient care electives to ensure 2/3 of program is spent in patient care

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Major Project
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Staffing


Each resident staffs a decentral practice area or central pharmacy every third weekend and one weekday evening every three weeks following completion of introductory training through the end of the residency year. Also, each resident will work three of six observed holidays. Decentral teams for weekend staffing experience include:

  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Rehabilitation/Spine
  • Oncology/Medical-Surgical
  • Renal/Medical-Surgical
  • Cardiology


  • Stipend: $50,000
  • Personal office space, laptop, and telephone
  • Health, dental and life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Financial support for approved national, state, and local pharmacy meetings

Application process


  • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy or a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from NABP
  • Licensure as a Minnesota pharmacist no later than August 1
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.

Application materials

  • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 110113)
  • Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system by January 2
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Letter of intent including one paragraph addressing the following question:
    • The ANW Pharmacy Department is committed to equity, inclusion, and a diverse workforce. Applicants come from many backgrounds and may have a variety of life experiences on their career path. We define life experiences as an experience that changes an individual and is associated with hardships, problems, risk taking, effort and/or originality whereby individuals stretch themselves to improve their character, talents and knowledge (ref: In your letter of intent, please use one paragraph to describe how your life experiences have shaped your journey to this point.
  • Letters of reference (3)

Virtual Information Session

Please join us on November 8, 2023 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to learn more about our program from our program leaders and residents. In addition to a short program overview, we will be reserving time for candidate questions.


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