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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Thank you for your interest in the postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency program at St. Claire HealthCare. As the first community hospital pharmacy residency program in Kentucky, we have been American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited since 1987. Here you will find specific information about our program and the application progress.

Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build 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.

Aims of the Program

Pharmacists who complete this residency program will be competent providers of pharmaceutical care and function expertly as integral members of the healthcare team. They will utilize innovative methods to develop and implement new services that improve the practice of pharmacy. They will be adept users of informatics systems to provide optimal care of their patients. These pharmacists will serve as reliable sources of information on drug therapies for patients, healthcare providers, students and the general public. As medication safety experts, they will incorporate processes in their practice to ensure safe and optimal medication use strategies. They will demonstrate professional maturity by monitoring their own performance, developing life-long learning strategies and participating in professional organizations. While the residency training site is a community hospital, the skills developed here will enable a practitioner to adapt to multiple healthcare environments.

Residency Project

Residency projects are chosen based on the current needs of patients and the department, as well as the resident's own interests. As a resident at St. Claire, you will be involved in choosing your research topic, submitting an application for IRB review and formally presenting your results. The resident is required to present a poster (usually at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Conference) and a formal presentation at a regional residency conference.

Here you can see how resident projects have varied from year-to-year, but still incorporate aspects of patient care: Recent Residents and Projects.

Although residents have traditionally presented all or portions of their residency projects as a poster presentation, the venue may vary. Recent residents have presented their posters at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, UHC Pharmacy Council Meeting, and poster presentation sessions offered by regional colleges of pharmacy.