Program Overview

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics is a one-year post-graduate training program that offers an environment to gain professional competence, expand clinical knowledge, and develop a philosophy of pharmacy practice. The purpose of the residency program is to train graduates the skills needed for direct patient care roles in the institutional setting.


Program Structure

Our philosophy of residency training is to offer practical experiences in diverse, multidisciplinary environments that span the continuum of pharmaceutical care.  Our approach in the provision of pharmaceutical care is to provide comprehensive, patient-oriented services.  The residency is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and follows the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS).

The practice model integrates distribution and clinical activities at the patient care level and is supported by decentralized drug distribution. Clinical staff pharmacists cover all acute patient care areas and select ambulatory care clinics. 

Residents contribute to many clinical activities, including collection of data for Medication Utilization Evaluations (MUEs), in-services to the staff during their clinical rotations, and medication education to inpatients. In addition to clinical services, the residents serve as preceptors throughout the year to pharmacy students completing their clinical clerkships.

Throughout the year, residents serve on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Safety Committee, and nursing councils including the Education Council, Practice Council and Quality Council. The formal aspects of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are coordinated by the Manager of Clinical Effectiveness, and residents have an opportunity to present to the Committee during the Practice Management rotation. 


Program Objectives

Upon completion of the residency program, the resident will:

  1. Provide optimal clinical and operational pharmaceutical care to patients in multiple practice settings
  2. Function as an effective member of healthcare teams
  3. Educate healthcare professionals, students, patients, and the community
  4. Ensure appropriate medication use and safety
  5. Enhance written and verbal communication skills
  6. Demonstrate time management and problem solving skills
  7. Become a leader within the profession


Compensation & Benefits

PGY-1 residents receive a competitive annual stipend of approximately $54,000 with full benefits including an excellent health-care benefits package and 10 days of paid time off (PTO).

In addition, residents receive educational leave and a stipend to attend and participate in clinical presentations at various pharmacy conferences, including the California Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) Seminar Meeting in October, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and the Western States Residency meeting in May, in San Diego, California.


Required Rotations

  1. Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  2. Medical ICU (4 weeks)
  3. Ambulatory Care (8 weeks)
    1. Oral Anticoagulation Clinic
    2. Transplant Diabetes Clinic
    3. Stanford Family Medicine Clinic
    4. Stanford Coordinated Care Clinic
  4. Practice Management (8 weeks)
    1. Administration
    2. Chief Resident
    3. Student Coordination/Teaching
    4. Drug Information


Electives (4 weeks each)




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