PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

inpatient pharmacy at unitedPurpose 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. They will 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. 

Required Learning Experiences 

  • Orientation and pharmacy services training (6 weeks)
  • Core rotations (4-6 weeks)
    • Cardiology
    • Critical care
    • Internal medicine
    • Post-surgical care
    • System formulary management (1 week)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Practice management
  • Completion of a practice-related or research project – designed and conducted by the resident, and encouraged to be published in a peer-reviewed journal 


Each resident will staff as both a central and decentralized inpatient pharmacist. Residents are responsible for an average of 32 hours of staffing every four weeks. This includes every fourth weekend and an average of one evening shift per pay period. This is in addition to two holidays over the course of the residency year. These experiences will allow the resident to refine clinical skills, provide evidence-based care plans, and gain confidence as an independent practitioner. Residents also have the opportunity to pick up shifts as a casual pharmacist once the staffing requirement has been satisfied (in accordance with the ASHP Duty Hour Policy). 

Additional Opportunities 

  • Ability to individualize the residency through elective rotations - such as ambulatory care, emergency medicine, hospice, internal medicine II – infectious disease or general medicine, neuro critical care and oncology   
  • Position as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, with the option to pursue a longitudinal teaching and learning certificate  
  • Active participation on departmental and institutional committees including Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Nursing Pharmacy committees  
  • Involvement in both local and system-wide formulary drug evaluations and drug policy initiatives 
  • Presentation experience, including journal clubs, in-services and a formal continuing education presentation to pharmacy staff  
  • Patient education opportunities in collaboration with pulmonary/cardiac rehabilitation  
  • Preceptor development opportunities including formal topic discussions with APPE and IPPE students  
  • Simulation-based and didactic training to prepare for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification

Professional Development

We strive to provide a positive team atmosphere where residents can learn and grow. Residents collaborate daily with experienced pharmacist preceptors, as well as other members of the healthcare team. Formative (informal) feedback is delivered in a transparent, respectful environment. The PharmAcademic evaluation system is used to document progress on ASHP Competency Areas, Goals and Objectives and provide more formal, written feedback throughout the year. The resident will also practice self-evaluation skills, which are essential to lifelong learning. Finally, residents will have quarterly 1:1 meetings with the residency program director. Development plans are reviewed, with a priority placed on the balance between resident centered education; progress towards required goals and objectives; and service to our patients, department and hospital.

Application Process


  • Pharmacist licensure (or eligibility) in Minnesota - this includes graduates or candidates for graduation from an ACPE accredited degree program (or one in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the NABP.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.
  • Starting January 1, 2022, all United Hospital staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated against influenza and Covid-19, with limited exceptions.

Application Materials

  • Enrollment in ASHP Resident Matching Program with the National Matching Service (United Hospital match code 175313)
  • Application and the following materials must be submitted via PhORCAS by January 3: 
    • Official transcripts from your college of pharmacy/all pharmacy related coursework 
    • Letter of intent 
    • Curriculum vitae 
    • PhORCAS standardized reference forms by three references 

For any questions or more information, please contact:

Jamie Rassett, PharmD, BCCP, BCPS
Pharmacy Residency (PGY1) Director
United Hospital Department of Pharmacy
Mail Route 60207
333 North Smith Avenue
St Paul MN 55102