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 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.

Program Description

The PGY1 Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is both flexible and focused. Residents develop skills in the provision of patient-centered care, service excellence, practice management and leadership. The pharmacy practice model combines decentralized pharmacist practice with responsibility for a drug distribution system that leverages automated dispensing cabinets and a sterile compounding facility.

Residents interact with numerous pharmacist practitioners specialized in clinical pharmacy, informatics, logistics and leadership. Residents gain valuable experience by preparing and presenting educational programs, participating in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, staffing, teaching students and completing a major research project.

Upon completion of the residency, each pharmacist will demonstrate a general practitioner and leadership and skill set. Moreover, each resident will have experienced a variety of specialty practices that will set the stage for career planning or further training. Residents will develop their own preceptor skills through their presentation experiences and student teaching. Finally, each resident will be exposed to the why and how of pharmacy practice program development and practice changes.

Required Learning Experiences*

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine I
  • 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)
  • Nephrology/Solid Organ Transplant
  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Rehabilitation/Spine
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pharmacy Informatics (2 weeks)
  • Psychiatry

*Learning experiences are 4 weeks in length unless otherwise noted

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: Competitive – contact site
  • Personal office space, personal computer 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 1.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Letter of intent
  • Letters of reference (3)

Virtual Information Session

Please join us on November 9, 2022, from 6:30-7:30 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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