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), emergency medicine and pharmacy administration.

Residents will participate in several longitudinal experiences including following patients in an ambulatory care clinic, staffing a residency research project, and presentations at ASHP Midyear and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.  Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in the Pharmacy Education Development and Lecture Series (PEDALS) teaching certificate program.

The residency program is flexible, which allows residents to pursue elective rotations in ambulatory care, pharmacy informatics, cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU), nephrology, nutrition, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pain management/palliative care, oncology/ambulatory infusion, pediatrics/pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), or can repeat a required rotation with a different focus.

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 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 two holidays and additional shifts during the month of December.

Additional Projects

Residents will complete a drug monograph or drug class review, a protocol or guideline and a medication use evaluation. Residents will also prepare the pharmacy newsletter to share information throughout the hospital from the bi-monthly 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
  • Ambulatory Care
  • MedExpress Culture Callbacks