We are proud of the diversity of our residency programs, and we believe that diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy-affiliated residency programs (Banner-UMC Tucson, Banner-UMC South, Northwest Medical Center, El Rio Health Center, Medication Management Center) welcome international applicants to our PGY1 and PGY2 programs. We have had residents in our programs from a variety countries, and we have frequent international visitors with whom our residents can meet and interact.
Some of our affiliated sites have positions that are specifically labeled as “international.” Those positions are for candidates under country-specific sponsorship agreements. However, for international candidates who do not fall under such sponsorship agreements, we welcome you to apply to our “traditional” PGY1 and PGY2 positions. Please go to the individual site and program pages on our web site to obtain more information about individual programs. Each residency is accredited and managed by the specific patient care institution, and each program requires a separate PhORCAS application. In some cases, the positions for sponsored residents has a different match number. International residents are not in a special residency program. Once admitted, residents from other countries will complete the same program as other residents with the same high expectations.
All international applicants must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Arizona, either through graduation from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy, or by holding a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certificate (FPGEC).
International applicants have a variety of immigration situations, and our College of Pharmacy International Programs staff and the University of Arizona Global Initiatives Office has extensive experience in assisting with visa issues for incoming pharmacy residents. We are able to provide sponsorship of H1-B visas when other options are not available.
If you have questions regarding our programs, eligibility or visa issues do not hesitate to contact Dr. Katz.
Michael Katz, PharmD
Director of International Programs
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 626-8774