PGY1 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

The PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 Goals

The goal for each of our pharmacy residents is to graduate with:

  • greater clinic knowledge and confidence to care for patients
  • increased compassion and empathy for those we serve
  • the ability to communicate effectively with both patients and colleagues
  • experience teaching students, patients and healthcare professionals
  • an understanding of how to manage a pharmacy practice with focus on continual practice improvement

Required Learning Experiences

Direct Patient Care Longitudinal

  • Allina Health Hastings and Lakeville Clinics
  • Advanced Care Team Home Visits – Team Based Care
  • Complex Care for Seniors Home Visits – Team Based Care
  • Drug Information questions 

Practice Management Longitudinal

  • Updating protocols and collaborative practice agreements
  • Expansion/enhancement of MTM practice
  • MTM marketing and recruitment
  • Allina System Formulary experience (1 week)
  • Evidence-based Medicine and Building a MTM Practice courses
  • Development of resources with Patient Education Department
  • Involvement with informatics workflow

Research Longitudinal

  • Residency Project

Education Longitudinal

  • APPE student precepting
  • Journal Club
  • Patient Cases
  • Academic Day presentations
  • Provider In-service
  • ACT Staff Continuing Education
  • Contribute monthly to the Ambulatory Medication News
  • Structured peer reviews with established CMR providers
  • Phillips Neighborhood Clinic precepting (optional)

Staffing – 80 Hours

  • Allina Health Pharmacy - WestHealth

Elective Learning Experiences

Geriatrics – 4 Weeks

  • Complex Care for Seniors team care in patient homes
  • Hospice pharmacy care
  • Pharmacy consulting for transitional and long-term care facilities
  • Patient education through Stepping On program

Cardiology – Inpatient 4 Weeks

  • Work as pharmacist on cardiology team
  • Provide education classes to patients
  • Join cardiologists in cath lab, clinic and inpatient rounding
  • Work alongside diabetic educators on glycemic control rounds

Informatics – 2-4 weeks

  • Work alongside informatics pharmacist
  • Process improvement initiatives
  • Data collection, interpretation and presentation

Renal Medical Surgical (RMS) – Inpatient 2-4 Weeks

  • Learning Experience at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Pharmaceutical care for inpatients of the RMS units
  • Patient profile review, medication reconciliations, or pharmacy to dose consults 
  • Pre-op patient education for bariatric surgeries


Residents are able to gain valuable experience in the Allina Health retail pharmacy located in the WestHealth building in Plymouth, MN. Within this staffing role, residents are able to better understand what patients experience after prescriptions leave the clinic. Allina Health Pharmacy has kind, supportive staff and the rotation has been a great experience for residents. Staffing occurs during weekdays for a total of 80 hours in the fall and is located in the same building as one of our clinic sites. Residents have the option for additional weekend hours at the pharmacy as a float pharmacist.


Our residents are hired and receive benefits through the University of Minnesota. These benefits include:

  • Competitive Stipend
  • Health insurance options
  • Paid vacation
  • Access to University of Minnesota library and research project support
  • Academic Days
  • Evidence Based Medicine and Building an MTM Practice Courses

Allina Health also provides:

  • Personal office space, laptop, phone
  • Personalized Business cards
  • Mileage reimbursement for patient care and meeting activities
  • Free parking

Application process

Please visit University of Minnesota for information on the application process and additional information about the program.