Pharmacy Residency Program

About the Program

The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency is intended to build upon the doctor of pharmacy education to develop patient-centric inpatient pharmacy practitioners who can provide extraordinary care for diverse populations. PGY1 residents will complete rotations in internal medicine/decentralized pharmacy practice, infectious disease/antimicrobial stewardship, medical intensive care unit (MICU), and pharmacy administration.

The residency program is flexible, which allows residents to pursue elective rotations in emergency medicine, pharmacy informatics, cardiology/cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU), nephrology, nutrition, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pain management/palliative care, oncology, pediatrics/pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Residents will participate in several longitudinal experiences including following patients in an ambulatory care clinic, Pharmacy Education Development and Lecture Series teaching certificate program, staffing, a residency research project, and presentations at ASHP Midyear and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

Program Activities


Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Pharmacy Education Development and Lecture Series (PEDALS) through Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. PEDALS affords pharmacy residents the opportunity to work closely with faculty members of Ferris State University College of Pharmacy to develop a teaching philosophy, attend development seminars and facilitate a didactic lecture. Residents who successfully complete all PEDALS requirements will receive a certificate of completion from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy.

Continuing Education Presentation

Residents will present a formal presentation to members of the pharmacy staff on a topic of their choosing. The presentation will be certified through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for one hour of pharmacist CE credit.

Research Project

Residents will select a research project in an area of interest from a list of projects provided by the pharmacy preceptors in July. Successfully completing the research project will require obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, gathering and analyzing data, preparing a written manuscript and preparing a poster to present at the Resident Poster Session at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Residents will also have the opportunity to formally present their research project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference in April.

Staffing Responsibilities

Residents will work every third weekend, performing order verification and clinical duties. Staffing will be between the hours of 7 am and 3:30 pm. Residents will get one day off in the week before or after their weekends worked. Residents will also be responsible for staffing seven additional shifts during the month of December.

Additional Projects

Residents will complete a drug monograph and medication use evaluation that will be presented to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Residents will also prepare a pharmacy newsletter to share information throughout the hospital from a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meeting.


View Rotation Descriptions

Required Focused Experience Rotations

  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Internal Medicine/Decentralized Pharmacy Practice
  • Medical ICU
  • Emergency Medicine

Required Longitudinal Experiences

  • Research/Projects
  • Staffing
  • Teaching/PEDALS
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Nutrition
  • Elective Rotations

    • Pharmacy Informatics
    • Cardiology/CVICU
    • Nephrology
    • Nutrition
    • Neonatal ICU
    • Pain Management/ Palliative Care
    • Oncology
    • Pediatrics/PICU

    Salary & Benefits


    Residents will be compensated $47,000 annually. Residents could pick up additional shifts beyond their staffing responsibilities at a pharmacist’s wage.


    Residents are eligible for medical, dental and vision coverage as well as life insurance and 403b retirement benefits.

    Paid Time Off

    Paid time off (PTO) includes vacation, sick and personal days, as well as seven holidays recognized by Covenant HealthCare (New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas).

    Travel Expenses

    Paid travel expenses (hotel, registration and transport) to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

    Office and Additional Resources

    Residents will have their own shared office space within the Pharmacy Department. Pharmacy residents will be provided an embroidered lab coat, laptop computer, docking station, electronic UpToDate and Micromedex access, telephone, office supplies, photocopying and business cards.

    Covenant HealthCare offers free on-site parking to all employees.


    Completed application and all application materials must be submitted by Friday, December 31, 2021.  Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Applications Service (PhORCAS) must be used for the submission of all application materials.  The following materials are required:

    • Letter of intent (no longer than one page, single-spaced, size 11pt font)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official transcripts from College of Pharmacy
    • Three letters of recommendation

    Covenant HealthCare’s Pharmacy Residency Program participates in the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) National Match Program. All applicants must participate in it as well.

    Covenant HealthCare’s program code is: 276113. For additional information about the National Match Program, visit

    Two residents are accepted into the program with a start date in late-June. By accepting a position, the resident agrees to complete 12 months of residency training and all other requirements of the program before being awarded a certificate of completion.


    Interviews will be held on a Tuesday or Friday and will last a full day. All applicants selected for an interview will complete a 15-minute presentation to the Covenant HealthCare Residency Advisory Committee.