Department of Pharmacy

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The UTMB Health residency program graduated its first resident in 1961 and has been accredited by ASHP since 1967. The primary focus of the residency program is inpatient/acute care. The resident will develop and enhance his/her clinical practice skills through the required and elective rotations listed below.

The residency is an ASHP-accredited PGY1 program of one year's duration. The curriculum includes a challenging learning and practice experience in our progressive department of pharmacy. The resident will become proficient in a broad range of services structured to develop their individual strengths, as well as learn and participate in new endeavors. In addition, the resident will expand his/her teaching skills by interacting with students from four area colleges of pharmacy. Residency projects are presented as posters at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition and as a platform presentation at Alcáldé, a regional residency conference.

Since the mid-1990s, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) has been employed by the UTMB Health System. An electronic medical record, Epic®, has also been incorporated and is utilized in both the inpatient setting and ambulatory clinics.

UTMB Health ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Outcomes

  1. Providing safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients in collaboration with the health care team
  2. Advancing practice and improving patient care
  3. Exercising leadership and management skills
  4. Provide teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge

Program Structure 2017-2018PRINT THIS (PDF)


Required Rotations

Elective Rotations

First 4 weeks of the residency
Residency Project Selection
On-line Training
Inpatient Pharmacy

  • Central pharmacy
  • Compounding
  • Narcotics/vault
  • Robot/carousel

IV Room
Epic EMR


5 rotations
Internal Medicine                            
Critical Care
Medical ICU or Surgical ICU
Infectious Diseases
Consult Service
Pediatrics - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or General Pediatrics
Practice Management

All rotations are 5 weeks in length. 

4 rotations
Infectious Diseases - Antimicrobial Stewardship
Medical ICU (if not taken as required critical care)
Surgical ICU (if not taken as required critical care)
Solid Organ Transplant
Emergency Medicine

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (if not taken as required pediatrics)
General Pediatrics (if not taken as required pediatrics)

All rotations are 5 weeks in length. 

Longitudinal Practice Experiences

Residency Project (July-June)

Medication Use Evaluation (approximately 6 months)

Staffing (July-June)

On-call responsibility (July-June)


All longitudinal practice experiences occur between July and June of the residency year.

Updated: 11/2/2017 * The resident will spend at least 2/3 of his/her time in direct patient care. Direct patient care by pharmacists will be defined as activities performed by pharmacists with the intent of contributing to positive pharmacotherapeutic and health outcomes of individual patients. Care is in collaboration and communication with other members of the health care team with responsibilities for the individual patient and is achieved directly with patients and caregivers face-to-face, telephonically, virtually, or in writing. Examples of direct patient care can be found, but not limited to, ASHP ACCREDITATION STANDARD FOR POSTGRADUATE YEAR ONE (PGY1) PHARMACY RESIDENCY PROGRAMS goal and objective 3.3.a (pages 8-10). †The learning experiences are typically sequenced per discussion with the resident and RPD, based upon resident interests and rotations completed as a student, and preceptor availability. The first 5 rotations are scheduled in July and the final 5 rotations are scheduled in December after the Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Preceptor Biographies and Rotation Descriptions

Resident Biographies