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.


ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Learning Experiences

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents will engage in a diverse array of experiences and tasks designed to develop the essential abilities for working as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital environment.

PGY1 Learning Experiences

  • Required Learning Experiences

    The resident will be required to complete 5 core learning experiences. All rotations are 5 weeks in length.

    • Orientation (First 3 weeks of the residency year)
    • Internal Medicine
    • Critical Care
      • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
      • Medical Intensive Care Unit
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Pediatrics
      • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
      • General Pediatrics
    • Practice Management
  • Elective Learning Experiences

    Residents can further tailor their residency experience toward their interests by completing 4 elective learning experiences. Elective options include repeating any required learning experience listed above, or any of the following:

    • Infectious Diseases
      • Antimicrobial Stewardship
      • Community
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Solid Organ Transplant
    • Ambulatory
      • Dermatology/Allergy
      • Endocrinology
      • Gastrointestinal/Hepatitis C
      • Neurology/Rheumatology
      • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Longitudinal Learning Experiences
    • Residency Project
    • Longitudinal Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Clinical On-call
    • Staffing
    • Formulary Management
    • Longitudinal Ambulatory Clinic

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



Each resident will have a dedicated space within the dedicated resident office. Residents will also be assigned a computer and personal pager.



Time Off

10 holidays + Residents will accrue PTO throughout the residency year and are allowed to take a total of 10 days of PTO  (PTO includes sick days)


Financial Support is offered for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and TSHP Conference.


Medical insurance is provided to all full-time employees at no additional cost. Dental and vision plans are available.


R. Scott Ferren, PharmD, BCIDP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Email:  rsferren@utmb.edu

Hamsah Saif, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator
Email:   hasaif@utmb.edu