PGY1 purpose 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, and 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.
United Hospital’s overall program goals include: • Development of comprehensive, patient-centered pharmaceutical care skills • Fostering collaboration with other health care providers to achieve positive patient outcomes • Expansion of critical thinking, communication and leadership skills • Cultivation of self-evaluation and self-learning skills • Appreciation of the inter-relationship of clinical, technology and distribution systems to provide effective and safe pharmacy services
Pharmacy residents develop advanced practice skills in managing drug therapy for a variety of disease states, as well as build proficiency in communicating daily with the health care team.
Four one-year PGY1 resident positions are available starting July 1 each year.
Required learning experiences • Six weeks of orientation and pharmacy services training • Four to six-week rotations in the core areas of critical care, cardiology, internal medicine, post-surgical care, and practice management • Completion of a required research project; residents are encouraged to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal and will present the results of their research at a regional residency conference
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 for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab 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 and cardiac rehabilitation departments • Preceptor development opportunities including formal topic discussions with Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience students • Simulation-based and didactic training to prepare for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification
Staffing responsibilities 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).
Benefits We are committed to the well-being of our residents and value a healthy work-life continuum. Residents are fully benefit-eligible including access to health/dental insurance; retirement savings plans; paid time off; well-being resources; and free on-site parking. Residents are supported to attend professional meetings and funding for travel-related expenses is provided by the residency program.
Additional benefits include resident office space; use of a personal computer with electronic clinical resources; and support for continuing education credits.
Stipend Annual salaries are competitive and updated annually. Please see the ASHP residency directory for most recent stipend information (code 63400).
United Pharmacy United Hospital’s department of pharmacy is proud of its history developing proficient, independent general practitioners capable of practicing at the top of their licenses. Residency training has been a department priority since 1977. The department is comprised of over 50 pharmacists, most of whom have completed residency or fellowship training and maintain specialized board certifications.
Inpatient pharmacy is open 24/7 and has 16 hours of dedicated decentralized clinical coverage each day. The department operates 2 satellite pharmacies to support a robust surgery program and the Allina Health Cancer Institute. Clinical pharmacy services are complemented by an automated dispensing cabinet system; an EPIC electronic medical record; and safety enhancements including bedside barcoding.
Additionally, our department prides itself on being representative of the communities we serve. Many of our staff have close ties to St Paul and the surrounding area. We have a noteworthy history of career development, with most of our pharmacists being former technicians, interns or residents at United.
About the Twin Cities The area’s largest cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul, are commonly referred to as the Twin Cities. The vibrant Twin Cities metropolitan area is filled with culture and diversity. Eat, stay or play at the Mall of America, still the largest shopping center in the country. Dine at one of the many James Beard award-winning restaurants, offering everything from a Juicy Lucy to the flavors of East Africa to authentic Mexican cuisine. The Twin Cities rate in the top 10 cities for live music and we boast more theater seats per capita than even New York. There’s a reason Prince made Minnesota his home. Take in a show down the street at the Xcel Energy Center or at the multitude of theaters in the area, including the Ordway, Guthrie, Orpheum and Orchestra Hall.
We won’t lie – it gets cold here. But we get out and ‘enjoy’ it. The area is consistently ranked among the nation’s most walkable and bikeable communities. The opportunities for outdoor recreation are limitless, with the natural beauty of dozens of trails, parks and waterways, such as the Chain of Lakes and the Mississippi River at your doorstep.
Minnesota is the State of Hockey, and we love the Wild. But both diehard and fair weather sports fans can enjoy our many professional sports teams. From Minnesota Twins baseball to Vikings football, Timberwolves and Lynx basketball to the Minnesota United FC, there is something for everyone.
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.
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
PhORCAS standardized reference forms by three references
United Hospital is a 546-bed acute care regional medical center. It is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area, located in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. United Hospital serves more than 200,000 patients and their families each year. United provides a full range of health care and is recognized nationally and locally for its expertise and care. United consistently rates as high performing in the following specialties: colon and lung cancer surgery; heart attack and heart failure; diabetes; maternity care; kidney failure; hip and knee replacements; stroke; and pneumonia. United Hospital is part of Allina Health, a nonprofit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services.
United Hospital is committed to building a racially equitable and inclusive workplace that is reflective of the communities we serve. The purpose of our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) efforts are to improve the health of all people in our communities by leveraging the strength of United Hospital, as part of Allina Health, as a care provider, employer, purchaser and community partner to eliminate systemic inequities and racism. After participating in the first Rac...ial Equity Dividends Index Report in the spring of 2022, Allina Health received high marks in five categories: culture, retention and advancement; procurement; products and services; philanthropy and investment; and public policy.