Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program

The pharmacy residency program at Virginia Mason, an integrated health care system, is an accredited PGY1 program with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is designed to provide pharmacists with clinical and administrative expertise in all aspects of pharmacy practice. Four to six week required rotations, elective rotations, and longitudinal experiences provide structure and guidance, but also flexibility to individualize training in a progressive pharmacy practice environment. Learning objectives will be provided at the beginning of each rotation, tailored to the individual needs of the resident.

Pharmacy residents will receive training in the required areas listed below:

  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Primary Care
  • Anticoagulation (Ambulatory)
  • Progressive Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Renal transplant (Acute and Ambulatory)
  • Medication Safety

Longitudinal Experiences Include:

Project Management

Each resident is expected to complete at least two major projects in conjunction with department and/or medical center priorities. Projects will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, regional residency conference and local meetings.


The program provides ample opportunity for professional development, leadership and management training.

Medication Safety

Residents will be engaged in various activities (longitudinal, concentrated or rotation) that support the organization's commitment to putting the patient first and to delivering the best possible care.

Teaching Experience

Residents serve as preceptors for pharmacy students, provide monthly education sessions for staff, and have the opportunity to provide in-services.


Residents are required to staff every other weekend. Residents are required to staff some holidays.


Applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy. Applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy or be eligible for licensure in the state of Washington. Application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS. In addition, applicants will need to prepare two essay responses. The complete application packet is due no later than Dec. 30, 2019.

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