Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program


Preparing Pharmacy Practitioners for Patient-Centered Practice In Ambulatory Care Settings

Resident and patient

Emphasis areas

  • Community Clinic
  • Rural Health
  • Pharmaceutical Care Leadership

Our span of sites is among the largest of any program nationally, offering residents a wide range of settings to become skilled practitioners through individualized learning experiences.  Residents have opportunities to experience both rural and urban practices, within teaching focused clinics and non-teaching clinics, didactic and experiential teaching, and underserved and for-profit clinic settings.

Recognized Nationally for Innovation in Residency Education

See our Article, Expanding Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Education Through a Multisite University-Affiliated Model, in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

Program Mission

The Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program is a multi-site program focusing on the practice of pharmaceutical care in ambulatory care settingsThe 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.


I heart Ambcare

Our program is recognized nationally for innovation in residency education and for quality graduates. We serve as a key source of leadership at the academic practice interface in Minnesota. Outcomes include:

  • Providing high quality, patient-centered medication therapy services
  • Understanding key elements of practice management that support optimal service delivery
  • An ability to critically appraise drug literature and apply this to patient-specific care and organization-wide politics
  • Facilitating learning of peers and students with respect to patient-care delivery and clinical information
  • Conducting practice-based research

Core Learning

Residents 2015While residents complete most of their training at a specific host site, the program includes several activities designed to enhance learning and build collegiality among trainees. These activities include:

  • Case Conferences
  • Journal Club
  • Faculty-directed pharmacotherapy sessions
  • Pharmaceutical Care Grand Rounds
  • Writing for a program-wide drug information newsletter
  • Visits to affiliated practice sites
  • All residents complete a research project and attend at least one national pharmacy conference during the residency year