The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1) at the University of Michigan Medical Center is a 12-month program beginning late June. This program accommodates up to ten residents and provides a wide variety of experiences designed to develop practitioners with knowledge and expertise in clinical pharmacy practice.
Residents participate in clinical, research, educational and administrative activities. The residency program is guided by the Residency Advisory Committee which consists of the residency program coordinator (Chair), five clinical pharmacists, one staff pharmacist/manager, all PGY-1 and PGY-2 program directors, two chief residents, and a representative of the College of Pharmacy.
A competitive stipend is provided. Each resident receives 10 vacation days and 5 interview days, health insurance, and other University benefits. Business days are allotted for attending the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the Great Lakes Residency Conference, and other professional meetings. Partial funding for attending these meetings may be available through the Department of Pharmacy Services.
Direct Patient Care Experiences
- Residents must complete at least 80% of ASHP required outcomes through their monthly rotations
- All evaluations must be completed in PharmAcademic
Scientific Advancement and Research
- A research project suitable for publication and completed within the residency year. Research opportunities are available in conjunction with many of the faculty.
- A writing project must be completed in conjunction with a preceptor. This comprehensive review project is suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Residents also present seminars throughout the year. Topics include resident research projects and therapeutic reviews. These high quality conferences enhance the resident's communication skills. Some conferences qualify as American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) approved continuing education programs.
Leadership and Professional Development
- All residents will participate in a committee (either local, state, or national) to develop essential leadership skills. They have the responsibility of determining committee involvement with the assistance of preceptors.
Teaching and Academia
- The residents receive faculty appointments at the College and may be assigned other primary teaching responsibilities. They are instructors for a one-semester patient monitoring course for third year Pharm.D. students.
- In addition, precepting of clerkship students is required
- There is an optional teaching certificate opportunity provided upon successful completion of various requirements at the College of Pharmacy
- Weekend Staffing (see details below)
- Code Blue response
- Clinical On-Call experience (see details below)
- Residents will participate in at least one community service activity during the year
Attendance and Presentations at Clinical Meetings
- ASHP Midyear: All residents will present their research proposals in poster format at the Vizient poster session
- Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference: All residents will present their research proposals in platform presentation format
- Residency recruitment: There are several residency showcases early in the Fall of residency year. All residents are expected to attend at least one recruitment event.
- All residents have the opportunity to attend a trip together annually to another program (typically in the Spring) to network with other pharmacy residencies and learn about structure and design of different programs.
A 6-week orientation period will introduce the resident to the College of Pharmacy and the Medical Center. During this time period, residents learn to combine distributive services with participation on a clinical service of their choice.
The resident will complete a total of 10 monthly clinical rotations throughout the year
- Adult internal medicine
- Ambulatory care
- Critical care
- Medication use policy combined with pharmacy operations
- Practice management
- Research (always December)
Elective Rotation Options
The remaining rotations are chosen as electives which include:
- Ambulatory Care - Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, Solid Organ Transplant
- Anticoagulation ambulatory clinic
- Bone Marrow Transplantation
- Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery
- Solid Organ Transplant
- Critical Care- Surgical, Medical, Cardiovascular, Neuro, Trauma/Burn
- Infectious Diseases- Consult, Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Pain and Palliative Management
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatric ICU
- Pediatric Oncology
- General Pediatrics
- Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Pediatric Surgery
Non-Direct Patient Care Experiences
- Practice Management
- Medication Use Policy
- Academic Administration
PGY1 residents will staff 2 weekends per month divided between clinical days, clinical evenings, and operations starting in August. Residents must also complete 4 additional clinical evening shifts (1 per month) from March until June. For those interested and depending on the availability, there is opportunity to receive training and staffing opportunities in pediatrics.
Each resident will work one major holiday block (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s) and one minor holiday block (Labor Day or Memorial Day). All other holidays the resident will have off of work.
PGY1 residents take at-home pager call at 1 week intervals associated with their clinical evening weekend staffing. The on-call pager is pharmacist-driven, meaning difficult clinical cases or questions will be provided from the staff pharmacists. PGY2 residents are scheduled as back-up for the PGY1 to discuss any questions that arise during their on-call shift.
On-call report is held once a week and is an academic review of the cases from the previous on-call week. It is facilitated by a PGY2 resident and preceptor.
Residency Program Director
John Clark, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP
Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer- Michigan Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and Health System
Residency Program Coordinator
Kate Starosta, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator
Michigan Medicine-Department of Pharmacy
Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.