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Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1)
Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Overview

Our 12-month program, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), is personalized and flexible, offering four or six-week rotations in:

  • Internal Medicine

  • Cardiology

  • Critical Care

  • Infectious Disease

  • Emergency Medicine


Our residents will also complete two rotation electives tailored to their interest.

During the year, the residents will participate in longitudinal learning experiences in management/leadership, drug information, pharmacy operations, and ambulatory care.


Additional Information about Jackson Hospital’s PGY1 Program:

  • Three positions available

  • Starting date: Monday of last full-week of June

  • Estimated stipend: $48,000

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Paid registration and travel expenses for ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, ALSHP Annual Meeting and the Southeastern Residency Conference

Purpose Statement

The purpose of Jackson Hospital & Clinic’s Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) pharmacy residency program is to build on the 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 PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

Our Application Process

Applicants shall submit their application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Due date for submission changes annually, but it is typically the second week of January.


In order to be considered for acceptance, applicants must submit:

  • A letter of intent

  • Three references

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship

  • A curriculum vitae

  • Pharmacy school transcript

Once application materials have been reviewed, qualified applicants will be invited for an on-site interview.

Core Rotations

Orientation (Seven Weeks)

This rotation includes an introduction to the resident’s role at Jackson Hospital’s Pharmacy, as well as an introduction to the decentralized pharmacy practice areas. Residents will learn about policies and procedures of Jackson Hospital’s Pharmacy Department, as well as:​

  • The Automated Dispensing System

  • Sterile IV Preparation

  • USP 797 Guidelines

  • Introduction to Pharmacokinetic & Parenteral Nutrition Dosing Services

General Internal Medicine (Six Weeks)

Residents will develop skills in pharmaceutical care of inpatient, internal medicine patients with both acute and chronic diseases. Training will include monitoring drug therapies, screening patients’ medical information for potential dosing issues, drug allergies, and drug interactions. Under the direction of a clinical pharmacist preceptor, residents will regularly interact with the hospital's team, including physicians, nurses, and case managers with the goal of improving overall patient care and outcome.

Internal Medicine Specialty (Six Weeks)

Residents will develop skills in pharmaceutical care of inpatient, internal medicine patients with both acute and chronic disease with a more tailored focus on urology, orthopedics, and neurology. Other activities are similar to that learned during the General Internal Medicine rotation.


Progressive Care/Internal Medicine (Six Weeks)

Residents will develop skills in pharmaceutical care of inpatient, internal medicine patients with both acute and chronic diseases in an ICU step-down environment. Other activities are similar to that learned during the General Internal Medicine rotation.


Critical Care (Six Weeks)

Residents will provide pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). They will work with the critical care team during interdisciplinary daily rounds to provide pharmacotherapy recommendations, including drug selection and monitoring, and making drug regimen adjustments.

Emergency Medicine (Six Weeks)

This learning experience provides residents with the opportunity to work closely with the ED healthcare team in a challenging, diverse and rapidly changing environment. A variety of activities that range from medication reconciliation and providing drug information to clinical staff and patients to provision of care in "code" situations are some of the activities that residents participate in during this learning experience.

Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases (Six Weeks)

This learning experience offers residents an in-depth experience in the management of infectious diseases and the utilization of antimicrobial therapy for patients. Residents will round with the Infectious Disease physicians as well as manage the antimicrobial stewardship service. They will also participate in committee meetings and staff education.

Pharmacy Leadership and Administration (Nine Months)

Residents will gain experience in health-system pharmacy leadership and administration throughout the program. Practical management skills include written and verbal communications, an understanding of policies, conflict resolution, regulatory issues, medication safety, and overall operations.


Ambulatory Care (Four Months)

This learning experience allows residents to spend time with patients with chronic diseases in an outpatient setting. During this longitudinal rotation, residents will evaluate drug regiments of patients and make therapeutic recommendations to clinicians in disease-management clinics. Residents will be able to participate in patient education in these clinics.

Major Project (Twelve Months) 

Residents are expected to complete one major project during the residency year that is appropriate for presentation at the Southeastern Residency Conference. In addition, it is expected that the residents will complete other projects throughout the year.


Resident Teaching & Learning Programs (Eleven Months)

Teaching opportunities may present themselves as formal or informal lectures to pharmacy students, medical students/residents, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals, patients or the public. Residents also have the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate through the Resident Teaching & Learning Program.

Drug Information (Eleven Months)

The Drug Information learning experience is designed to enhance residents' skills in providing pharmaceutical ​and drug therapy information to medical, nursing and allied health professionals as well as patients. During this longitudinal rotation, residents will also participate in medication use evaluations, developing and presenting a seminar lecture for pharmacists, writing newsletter articles, and developing drug monographs, drug class reviews, treatment guidelines and protocols.

Operations (Twelve Months)

Residents have a staff obligation that is completed through the Operations Learning Experience.​ During this learning experience, residents will be familiar and competent with duties and responsibilities associated with the central inpatient pharmacy.

Elective Rotations

Two Elective Rotations (Four Weeks)

The elective rotations will be completed in the resident’s selected area of choice. Previously completed required rotations can be repeated. Electives can also be created based on interest (if feasible).


Program Requirements

  • BLS and ACLS certification, PALS optional (Jackson Hospital will provide certification
    classes if not obtained prior to residency)

  • Alabama Board of Pharmacy Parenteral Certification (Jackson Hospital will provide certification
    classes if not obtained prior to residency)

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from a college accredited by ACPE

  • Must be eligible for licensure in Alabama and successfully complete the exam within
    90 days of the program’s start day

  • Must be a part of the ASHP Matching Program

  • Must review and be familiar with the Jackson Hospital & Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program Manual.

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