Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program Admissions

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Learn more about our program directly from current residents! 


Our residency program differs from most due to our breadth of resident experiences, unique relationship with a college of pharmacy, and the individual strengths and diversity of our various practice sites. Our multiple sites offer a variety of experiences for residents to become skilled practitioners through individualized learning experiences that are longitudinal in nature.  Networking opportunities abound with fellow residents and preceptors in the program allowing for residents to experience both rural and urban practices, teaching focused clinics and non-teaching clinics, didactic and experiential teaching, and underserved and for-profit clinic settings. We're able to provide a framework for residency education, expertise in practice development and administrative support that allows each site to focus on the education of their resident(s).

Application deadline is January 2, 2020: 11:59 PM EST. This deadline is firm.

Application Materials

Cover Letter 
Provide one cover letter that outlines your interest in the University of Minnesota Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program and highlights attributes that support your candidacy for our program. You will want to ensure you include one paragraph directed to each site you are applying to. All sites you apply to will have access to the cover letter.  You can direct the cover letter to the Program Director if you are applying to more than one site.

Curriculum vitae

Three letters of reference (minimum)
Reference writers are asked to complete the standard reference form within PhORCAS. Reference writers are encouraged to complete all of the text boxes to provide valuable information to our program. Please do not have reference letters mailed to our program as they will not be considered. 

Applicants should mail one copy of most up-to-date pharmacy school transcript(s) to PhORCAS at:
PhORCAS Transcripts Processing Center
P.O. Box 9124
Watertown, MA 02471

We do not require undergraduate transcripts. It takes PhORCAS time to process transcripts so do not delay in requesting your transcripts.


Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), eligible for immediate licensure by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

Non-US Citizens

We are currently accepting applications from non-US citizens, but we are unable to sponsor visas for residents. In order to apply, a candidate must be able to secure an appropriate visa for employment by the University of Minnesota, as well as ensure they will be qualified to take the licensure examinations by June 2020.

Selection Criteria

Residents are selected based on their commitment to patient care as well as their dedication to advancing pharmaceutical care practice. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. Demonstrated involvement in a variety of professional activities are highly desirable and potential to express leadership in the profession.

Interviews and "The Match"

Residents submit one application to our program and it is reviewed by the preceptors and residents at each site to which the candidate has applied. Sites then select the candidates whom they wish to interview. For example, a candidate may apply to 4 sites in our program and then be invited to interview with some or all of those sites. Each residency training site has its own listing in the residency matching system, therefore candidates will rank each site with which they interviewed in our program individually within their overall rank order list. Thus, a match with our program creates a match directly to a specific affiliated site. Click here for more information about the Match.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I register for the Match?
A: You can register for the Match here beginning in early November.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: Application deadline is January 2, 2020: 11:59 PM EST. This deadline is firm.

Q: Where can I apply for a residency position in your program?
AYou can apply here beginning in early November.

Q: If I am interested in applying to multiple sites within your program, do I submit one application for the program or one for each site?
A: You will only submit one application to our program but will select as many sites as you are interested in and apply individually.

Q: If I am applying to multiple sites in your program, do I pay a separate application fee for each site I am interested in?
A: You will only be charged one fee for applying to multiple sites within our program.

Q: As an applicant, do I submit one cover letter to the entire program, or a cover letter for each individual site?
A: Applicants should submit one general cover letter that includes one paragraph directed to each site you are applying to. You can direct the cover letter to the Program Director if you are applying to more than one site.

Q: If I am invited for an interview, where will the interview be held?
A: Interviews are hosted by the individual residency site and interviews will also be held at said site. The only interviews held at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy are for the Pharmaceutifal Care Leadrership residency.

Additional Questions?

Please contact Amy Pavelka in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at