PGY1 Application Process

We appreciate your interest in the OHSU PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Candidates for residency must have completed an academic program in pharmacy at an ACPE accredited pharmacy school by July 1st, must have an active Oregon Intern License by July 1st and must be eligible for full pharmacist licensure in Oregon by October 1st (Find licensure information at the Oregon Board of Pharmacy website). Required application materials, which must be submitted through PhORCAS, include: 

  • Official transcripts from all professional pharmacy education 
  • Completed application form
  • Letter of Intent addressing the following:
    • Describe how a PGY1 residency at OHSU aligns with your personal and professional goals.  
  • References from three individuals using the PhORCAS Reference form (please send your reference writers the following instructions):
    • One reference must be from an employer or supervisor
    • One reference should address your clinical abilities
    • One additional reference is required

OHSU participates in the ASHP Residency Matching Program and utilizes PhORCAS; applicants are required to be registered in the National Matching Service before invitation for interview. Availability for an on-site interview is required. In the event of a non-matched position, OHSU will open its application process to qualified candidates still seeking residency training through the additional match process

Our application deadline is January 1st 2021. We understand that items such as your pharmacy school transcripts and references may arrive later than the application deadline since you are relying on other people to complete those tasks for you. Please make sure you request them as early as possible; we do not begin reviewing applicant's files until they are complete. All application materials are to be uploaded into PhORCAS.    

After we receive completed files through PhORCAS, we use a series of pre-determined criteria to evaluate each applicant before deciding who will be invited for interview. Multiple preceptors review the files to make sure we give each applicant a fair assessment. We generally receive about 200 initial contacts for information regarding our program, but that number usually drops to 180 applicants that complete the full application process. We do not have a set number of applicants that we invite for interview, but time restraints usually limit the number that interview to 30-35. Our interviews are primarily scheduled in February on Thursdays and Fridays. We do our best to accommodate applicants' requests for certain dates if they will already be in the Portland metro area.