PGY1 Pharmacy Residency FAQs

General Information

Can you tell me about your program, including how many candidates will be accepted into next year's residency class?

The OHSU Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Residency Program is a full-time, 12-month program that provides residents with extensive training opportunities in acute and critical care, ambulatory care, drug information and drug use policy development, and practice management. Five pharmacy candidates are accepted into each residency class that begins on July 1 and ends June 30. Our residency program was established in 1988, accredited by ASHP the following year, and has been an integral part of the Department of Pharmacy Services ever since.

What clinical and specialized services does your department offer?

Patient evaluation, including identifying potential and actual medication-related problems and preventing and resolving medication-related problems, is provided by OHSU decentralized clinical pharmacists and College of Pharmacy faculty to all OHSU inpatients. Clinical pharmacist practice areas include: solid organ transplantation, pediatrics/neonatology, general medicine, adult and pediatric critical care, general surgery, family medicine, cardiology, pediatric and adult oncology/bone marrow transplantation, infectious diseases, geriatric assessment clinic, nutritional support, outpatient parenteral treatment unit, HIV ambulatory clinic, hepatitis C ambulatory clinic, pediatric cystic fibrosis ambulatory clinic, rheumatology ambulatory clinic, heart failure transitions, and pediatric and adult oncology and bone marrow transplantation ambulatory clinic. The department also operates a mail order pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, community pharmacies, drug information service/drug policy program, and a research pharmacy service.

A centralized distribution model serves the medical/surgical population and medical/surgical specialties. Pharmacists in these areas provide medication profile review and front-line drug information services. Automated dispensing, an electronic health record with provider order entry technology and bar code medication administration is used throughout the hospital.

The Department of Pharmacy Services moved into its current facility in June 2011. An ISO 7 class 10,000 clean room, an ISO 8 class 100,000 anteroom and the majority of inpatient pharmacy operations and offices are located in the OHSU Hospital building. A satellite pharmacy in the operating rooms provides service to peri-op patients.

Outpatient prescriptions and patient care are provided from four on-site and three offsite pharmacies serving adult outpatients, pediatric outpatients/discharge patients, and ophthalmology patients. Automated dispensing technology is used in the main retail pharmacies. A Medications Assistance Program is available to help medically indigent patients obtain their medications.

OHSU pharmacists serve as preceptors to in-state and out-of-state pharmacy students, technicians in training programs, and pharmacy residents in the Portland Metro area.

How do I apply to the program?

Candidates for residency should have completed an academic program in pharmacy at an ACPE accredited pharmacy school and must be eligible for full licensure in Oregon within two months of starting the program (for licensure information, visit All application materials should be submitted through PhORCAS. Candidates must provide official transcripts from all professional pharmacy education, a completed application form, a personal statement, and they must coordinate the submission of recommendations from three references using the standardized reference form located in PhORCAS. OHSU participates in the
 ASHP Residency Matching Program and utilize the PhORCAS; applicants are required to be registered in the match before they will be invited for interview. In the event of a non-matched position, OHSU will open its application process to qualified candidates still seeking residency training.

When are applications due?

Our application deadline is January 1st. We understand that items such as your pharmacy school transcripts and letters of reference 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.

What happens after I submit my application?

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 160 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 applicant's requests for certain dates if they will already be in the Portland metro area.

Program Specific Information

How is the program designed?

OHSU offers a structured training program in pharmacy practice with ample opportunity for specialization through elective experiences. The resident's knowledge base, past experience, and interests dictate the choice and length of experiences. The resident and the preceptors develop the residency schedule jointly.

See a sample schedule for this year's class of residents.

What experiences are required to complete the program?

The residents' schedule includes required experiences in the Portland area Citywide Residency Conference; general medicine, general pediatrics, critical care or surgery; general inpatient practice (Hospital 101), critical care or pediatrics, drug information/drug policy; practice management (administration); informatics, longitudinal staffing experience; ambulatory clinic experience; project management via residency project and professional meetings.

What elective rotation opportunities are available?

The resident also chooses additional experiences such as Infectious Diseases, Adult Oncology/BMT, General Pediatrics, Outpatient Infusion, NICU, PICU, Pediatric Heme Onc/BMT, Poison Control/Toxicology, Research Pharmacy Services, Adult Critical Care (neurosciences, trauma/surgery, medical and cardiovascular), Nutritional Support, Family Medicine, Cardiology, General Surgery, Solid Organ Transplant and Academia with teaching certificate.  Experiences outside of OHSU may also be scheduled.

How are residents evaluated?

Residents receive a list of goals and objectives at the beginning of each rotation. During the rotation and at the end of the experience, the resident meets with the preceptor to review their performance. A written report assessing the resident is prepared based on the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS) using the ResiTrak evaluation system. On a quarterly basis, the Residency Program Director meets with the resident, providing an evaluation of their progress based on the comments of the preceptors and resident self-evaluation. At this time or anytime, the resident and program director adjust the resident's schedule as necessary.

What teaching opportunities exist?

OHSU pharmacy residents, in cooperation with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy or the Pacific University School of Pharmacy may participate in classroom discussions, lectures, or labs, as well as precept Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential students during final year rotations. Additional opportunities are available to residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities through the Oregon Residency Teaching Certificate Program. The elective teaching certificate program is offered as a joint program by OSU College of Pharmacy and Pacific University School of Pharmacy.

Is research required?

Residents are required to design, conduct and evaluate a major project related to an aspect of pharmacy practice during the residency year. The residents' major project may be a clinical, research or practice management focus. The residency preceptor team will assist the resident in choosing their project from a provided list or from a resident-generated idea list. The major project for the residency programs has oversight by the Pharmacy Research Committee, which reports to the Residency Advisory Committee. Additional experiences with the Research Pharmacy Service or with the Institutional Review Board are available to residents interested in research experience.

See a list of residents past projects

Is staffing required? Must I be licensed in Oregon?

Consistent with the ASHP residency standards, the OHSU residency experience is primarily a practical, rather than didactic or classroom experience. Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects of pharmaceutical care. After completing a training program, residents staff every other weekend and a major and minor holiday during the residency program. Staffing responsibilities include patient care, distribution and drug information.

All residents must be licensed in Oregon within the first two months of the residency program. If unable to meet licensure by this date, termination of the residency contract will occur. Even if licensure happens by October 1, this would set a resident very behind in rotations and functioning as a pharmacist during the first quarter of their residency. Visit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy for additional details.

Compensation and Benefits

What is the salary?

Residents receive a stipend of $47,500/year, paid in equally divided amounts every two weeks. The budgetary cycle for the hospital does not coincide with the resident recruitment cycle. The offered stipend is based on the current residency year. It is customary for the program to review and request upward adjustments to the residents' stipend to make it commensurate with the prevailing residency marketplace wage before the start of the next residency year. Residents also receive full medical, dental, and vision benefits for immediate family (employee chooses from a variety of offered plans, including co-pay and deductible plans), as well as life and disability insurance (you may elect to add additional coverage).

Do residents receive vacation time?

Residents receive 10 days of paid time off. Educational leave is granted at Program Director's discretion. Coverage of educational expenses is available as the annual budget allows.

What are the other benefits of being a pharmacy resident at OHSU?

  • Secured, on site office space with personal files and cabinet.
  • Computer with network, Internet, and email access. Network access includes: MS Windows Professional Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), electronic medical record, pharmacy system, and drug information. Remote login possible.
  • Alpha-numeric pager.
  • Long distance telephone access code for professional business.
  • Departmental, library, and campus photocopier access code.
  • On- and off-campus access to the electronic and print holdings of the state's largest medical library and drug information center that are both located on campus.
  • An open invitation to any educational event held on the hill. A complete listing is posted on the weekly calendar of events. Opportunities include sessions such as Medical, Surgical, and Pediatric Grand Rounds; M and M Report; subspecialty grand rounds such as the Citywide Infectious Diseases Conference; and career development topics.
  • Residents are provided weekly didactic learning sessions with the preceptor team that focuses on controversies and pharmacy pearls.
  • Residents also participate in the Citywide Pharmacy Residency Conference that is held monthly at a different residency site in the Portland Metro area. This forum is a great way to identify professional mentors and network for job opportunities and practice innovation ideas.
  • Reduced rate Tri-met PASSPORT (bus and light rail public transportation annual pass, good throughout city for all zones, days, and times)
  • Reduced cost fitness center with gym, pool, and fitness classes included just a tram ride away.
  • Health promotion activities and information from the Employee Wellness program, including wellness screening, health coaching, stress busters, and group support.