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.

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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, 2022-2023*

 The purpose of this structure is to comply with the PGY1 program purpose:

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Orientation Required RotationsElective Rotations 

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

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

IV Room
Epic EMR
TPN class
Bugs and Drugs
Policy Review
Staffing Competencies
Mentor selection
Mental health awareness

5 rotations
Internal Medicine                     
Critical Care
   Medical ICU or Surgical ICU
Infectious Diseases
   Consult Service
   Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Practice Management
    - Health-system Administration
All rotations are five weeks in length
4 rotations
Infectious Diseases—Antimicrobial Stewardship (Spring)
Medical ICU—Galveston Campus (if not taken as required critical care)
Medical ICU—Clear Lake Campus (if not taken as required critical care)
Surgical ICU (if not taken as required critical care)
Solid Organ Transplant
Emergency Medicine
General Pediatrics§— Galveston or Clear Lake Campus
Hematology/Oncology (Ambulatory)
Pharmacy Informatics
Formulary Management
All rotations are five weeks in length
Longitudinal Practice Experiences

Residency Project (July-June)
Medication Use Evaluation (approximately 6 months)
Staffing (July-June)
Longitudinal Antimicrobial Stewardship (July-June)
Clinical On-call Responsibilities (September-June)
Longitudinal Ambulatory Rotation—St. Vincent’s Clinic (January-June)

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

Updated: 9/21/2021

* 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 4 rotations are scheduled in December after the Midyear Clinical Meeting.

§Only one pediatric elective rotation will be allowed; will either count as second pediatric rotation or second ID rotation