Pharmacy Residency Programs: PGY-1 Program


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The purpose of this 12-month PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to provide residents the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills that can be applied in any position and in any practice setting including professional clinical practice, a specialty residency (PGY-2), or a fellowship program.

Graduates of the Hennepin Country Medical Center PGY-1 residency program will be competent and confident practitioners of direct and indirect patient care in multiple practice environments. They will be accountable for achieving optimal medication management as collaborative members of the health care team. Through this experiential training, the PGY-1 resident will:

  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary patient care team offering patient-specific therapeutic interventions to prevent, treat, cure, rehabilitate and alleviate medical conditions and diseases
  • Exercise skill in educating and communicating with other health care professionals, patients, and the community on topics relating to patient centered care
  • Enhance skills in providing drug information, detecting and reporting adverse drug reactions, managing patient-specific drug selection and dosage adjustment, and optimal therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Advance their knowledge and understanding of pharmacy management and operations systems
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, assessing their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system

Residency Rotation Requirements

PGY-1 goals and objectives are achieved over a 12 month period. As a teaching and research-based hospital, medical resident and pharmacy student teaching is emphasized throughout the year, in addition to research project management.

Clinical Rotation Requirements

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  • Pharmacist Operations/Orientation
  • Hospital Management & Leadership Development
  • General Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Clinic

Clinical Elective Rotation Opportunities

  • Clinical ICU Evenings
  • Hematology/Oncology Consults
  • Burn
  • Pediatrics (General Pediatrics and Neonatal/Pediatric Intensive Care Units)
  • Ambulatory Kidney Transplant Clinic
  • Inpatient Transplant Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cancer Center Clinic
  • Positive Care/HIV Clinic
  • Infectious Disease Consults
  • Poison Center/ Toxicology
  • Medicine Clinic
  • Surgery/Neuroscience

PGY-1 Residency Opportunities, Expectations and Requirements

Residents will participate and contribute in leadership and management activities for professional development, as noted below:

  • Attendance and participation in monthly leadership meetings – either the Twin Cities Leadership Topic’s Meetings or the Leadership and Management Book Club
  • Compilation and preparation of at least one medication monograph for formulary addition at the Pharmacy & Therapeutics meeting
  • Attendance and participation in PGY-1 Leadership & Development Discussions, including pharmacotherapy board certification lectures, generally in their areas of clinical weakness
  • Preparation and provision of clinical or disease-focused lectures to enhance teaching skills. The lectures are given to hospital, pharmacy and interdisciplinary staff as requested.

PGY-1 Residency Project Requirements

Residents will complete and present research within the organization and at regional and national meetings. Additionally, residents will compose research into professionally acceptable manuscript format for possible journal publication. Research activities are as noted below:

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  • Medication Use Evaluation
    • Submission of completed project in written format is required
    • Presentation within the hospital at an appropriate committee is requested and presentation at a regional or national meeting is optional
  • Longitudinal Residency Project
    • Submission of completed project in written manuscript format is required
    • Presentation of project in Poster format is required
    • Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint format at Midwest Residents Conference or Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists is required

Longitudinal Management Requirements

Residents will contribute to departmental management activities, as noted below:

  • Adverse drug reporting within EPIC and/or Medwatch for active participation and involvement in creating a culture of safety
  • Preparation and distribution pharmacy publications and hospital newsletter or professional communications
  • Ongoing attendance and participation in at least one hospital committee over the course of the residency program with transcription of meeting minutes at least once


Lynn Weber Photo Lynn Weber, Pharm.D., BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist – Hematology/Oncology
PGY-1 Program Director and Pharmacy Residency Supervisor