PGY1 Pharmacy


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Arizona / Northwest Medical Center is a 12-month program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  The program was established in 2012.

A pharmacist completing the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program will be well-prepared to provide direct patient care services in an acute 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 (Traditional) + 1 (International Track) 

About the Program: 

The program emphasizes clinical practice consisting of core (required) learning experiences in specific aspects of acute care pharmacy practice and elective opportunities.  These core and elective learning experiences 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
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Medical Oncology/Neurology/ Inpatient Rehab
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Practice Management & Administration
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Poison Center/ Toxicology
  • Oncology/BMT, Adult
  • Transplant, Abdominal
  • And others, all subject to availability
  • Resident Research Project
  • Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program
  • Staffing
  • Management Conference
  • Journal Club
Clinical Responsibilities: 

The resident will participate in safe, evidence-based, compassionate, and cost-effective patient care.  Patient care activities are under the supervision of precepting pharmacists and commensurate with the resident’s level of training as determined by the residency program.  The resident will communicate effectively with supervising 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 rotate through the staffing responsibilities of the department during the residency year.  In general, this will consist of one weekend (two 10-12 hour shifts) out of four, four 5-6 hour half-shifts every four weeks, and two holidays.  Northwest Medical Center utilizes an integrated staffing model, thus staffing responsibilities include both order verification and clinical activities for patients in assigned care areas.  Clinical activities include adult parenteral nutrition monitoring, pharmacokinetic monitoring, anticoagulation monitoring and education, pain consults, renal dose adjustments, 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 Northwest Medical Center personnel.  Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings.

Salary: $45,000

Application Process: 

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participate 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 following REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by December 28th:

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

ASHP Code: 81016
NMS Match Codes: 144213 (Traditional Track), 144221 (International Track; only open to sponsored candidates through the UA-COP International Program)

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

Contact Information: 

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

Linda M. Calkins, RPh, MPH
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Northwest Medical Center
6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tucson, AZ  85741
Phone: (520) 469-8363