PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency: Ambulatory Care Emphasis

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Hennepin Country Medical Center (HCMC) builds 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.

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Graduates of the HCMC PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program will be competent and confident practitioners of direct and indirect patient care in ambulatory clinic and community pharmacy settings. They will be accountable for achieving optimal medication management as collaborative members of the health care team.

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.

Rotation Requirements

  • Orientation/Operations
    • Hennepin Health-System Pharmacy Practice Areas
  • Direct Patient Care Experience
    • Family Practice Medicine and Anticoagulation
  • Ambulatory Care & Community Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Teaching at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Research
  • Staffing (Community Pharmacy)

Clinical Elective Opportunities

  • Pain Management
  • Geriatrics
  • Transitions of Care
  • Internal Medicine Clinic
  • Specialty Pharmacy Services – HIV, Renal Transplant
  • Ambulatory Specialty Clinics – Cancer Center, HIV Clinic, Transplant Clinic

Opportunities, Expectations and Requirements

Residents of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program, with Ambulatory Care Emphasis will participate and contribute in leadership and management activities for enhanced teaching skills and for professional development of leadership abilities, as noted below:

  • Attendance and participation in ambulatory management and leadership/ development sessions during the residency year
    • Internal sessions at Hennepin County Medical Center
    • External sessions at the University of Minnesota
  • Participate in ambulatory care journal club
  • Teach/ precept pharmacy students at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Creation or updating of an existing collaborative practice agreement suitable for use in the ambulatory care setting at Hennepin Health-System.
  • Give in-services to hospital, ambulatory pharmacy and nursing staff as requested
  • Compilation and preparation of at least one medication monograph for formulary addition at the Pharmacy & Therapeutics meeting
    • Monographs must be written following hospital guidelines and standards
    • Residents need to complete the formulary monograph, attend and present at P&T (if able)

Project Requirements

Residents of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program, with Ambulatory Care Emphasis 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:
  • Medication Use Evaluation/ Drug Use Evaluation
    • Submission of completed project in written format is required
    • Presentation at appropriate internal committee as requested
    • Presentation/Publication outside the hospital is optional
  • Longitudinal Residency Project that is suitable for publication
  • 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 is required

Longitudinal Management Requirements

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

  • Submission of adverse drug reports within EPIC and/or Medwatch
    • Tracked longitudinally each quarter for active participation and involvement in creating a culture of safety
  • Preparation and distribution of the pharmacy publication, "The Daily Optimist"
    • Completed at least once during the residency year
  • Transcription of meeting minutes
    • Completed at least once during the residency year
  • Contribution to pharmacy newsletters or professional communications
    • Residents will complete at least two submissions during the residency year to the Ambulatory Care Drug Updates newsletter and serve as Co-Editor for two editions
  • Attendance and participation in a hospital or ambulatory committee
    • Regular/ on-going attendance in at least one hospital/ ambulatory committee will be tracked longitudinally each quarter for active participation and attendance


George Konstantinides Bio Photo

George Konstantinides, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP
Clinical Pharmacist – Ambulatory Care
PGY-1 Program Director, Ambulatory Emphasis