PGY1 Pharmacy


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center South is a 12-month program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program was established in 2011.

A pharmacist completing the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program will be well-prepared to provide direct patient care services in an acute, tertiary care facility, pursue advanced training in a PGY2 residency or fellowship, and be prepared for board certification. Upon successful completion of the residency program, a certificate will be awarded to the resident by the college and the hospital.

Number of Positions: 2-3

About the Program: 

The program emphasizes clinical practice consisting of 8.5 months of core (required) learning experiences in specific aspects of acute care pharmacy practice and four months of elective opportunities. These core and elective learning experiences will provide the basic foundation for quality clinical practice. In addition, this program enables the resident to learn and apply teaching and research techniques.

Learning Experiences
  • Orientation (2 weeks)
  • Adult Acute Care I
  • Adult Acute Care II
  • Adult Acute Care - Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Drug Information
  • Research
  • Administration and Leadership
  • Pain Management
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Ambulatory Care, HIV Clinic
  • Emergency Medicine II


Electives offered off-site (3 max off-site):


  • Adult Health and Nutrition Support
  • Adult Infectious Diseases 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • General Pediatrics
  • Toxicology
  • Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Care - Family Medicine
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine (BUMCT)
  • Research Project
  • Pharmacy Resident Scholars in Teaching and Learning (PRSTL)
  • Service (Weekend Clinical Staffing)
  • Longitudinal Ambulatory Care
  • Practice Management 
Clinical Responsibilities: 

The resident will participate in safe, evidence-based, compassionate, and cost-effective patient care.  All patient care activities are under the supervision of attending pharmacists and commensurate with the resident’s level of training as determined by the residency program. The resident will communicate effectively with supervising attending pharmacists regarding his/her patient evaluation, interpretation of diagnostic tests, and plan of care and intended therapeutic interventions. Additionally, the resident will provide oral and written consultations focused on improving patient outcomes and enhancing communication with the health care team. 

Academic Responsibilities: 

The resident is required to participate in the longitudinal Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program, please follow the link for complete information. The resident is also responsible for the development, implementation, and completion of a research project. The objective is to develop the resident's skills in problem identification, investigation, and solution. Each project must be approved by the residency program director. The results will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors. After completion of data collection and analysis, the resident will be responsible for drafting a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities: 

The resident is required to staff every third weekend in addition to certain holidays. Weekend staffing shifts will vary between clinical staffing duties and operational duties. Clinical staffing consists of pharmacokinetic monitoring, anticoagulation monitoring and education, and other duties as deemed necessary.  Operational staffing will include the following: performing centralized pharmacy order verification, responding to adult codes, answering drug information questions, and other duties as deemed necessary.

Benefits and Financial Provisions: 

The salary for this program is competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. The resident is entitled to all benefits provided to full time University of Arizona appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings.

Salary: $47,659

Application Process: 

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participates in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Please submit the REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by the 1st Friday of the year:

• Letter of Intent
• Curriculum Vitae
• Pharmacy School Transcripts
• Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

ASHP Code: 81015
NMS Match Code: 165613

On-site interviews for invited applicants will occur in late January through February.

Contact Information: 

For additional information about the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Georgina Rubal-Peace, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Pharmacy Program Coordinator
Banner – University Medical Center South
2800 E. Ajo Way
Pharmacy Services
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 874-2178