The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UofL Hospital is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and offers a complete experience in both acute and ambulatory care. The program is structured according to ASHP’s Residency Program Design and Conduct and is designed to be flexible and individualized to the resident's professional goals and interests.

Residents are encouraged to develop an approach to their profession that leads to life-long learning and career satisfaction.
The fundamental goals of this residency program are to develop clinical practitioners who are capable of:

  • Delivering pharmaceutical care to patients in several specialized areas with a focus on providing clinical pharmacy services in a proficient and compassionate manner.
  • Educating patients, students and healthcare providers.
  • Functioning as an effective member of the health care team.
  • Demonstrating professional leadership, confidence and strong communication skills.
  • Improving individual practice by self-evaluating one’s skills in providing pharmaceutical care.

Purpose Statement

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.

At a Glance

  • Residency duration: 12 months
  • Application deadline: Late December/Early January (see PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service)
  • Start date: Mid June
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Curriculum vitae required: Yes
  • References: 3 (see PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service)
  • Formal Letter of intent (strengths, weaknesses, goals, what about UL interests)
  • Official transcripts


Melissa Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS
UofL Health Medication Safety Officer & Manager of Pharmacy Residency Training
Director, UofL Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

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