Program Purpose & Structure

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The PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Our PGY1 Residency Program offers a blend of structure and flexibility to create a well-rounded, engaging clinical experience. Following a 4-week orientation to the department, residents rotate through nine, five-week long block experiences composed of 5 core (required) rotations and 3 resident-selected elective rotations. Residents also complete longitudinal experiences with activities designed to foster the growth of the resident. All resident learning experiences, both rotational and longitudinal, are designed to align with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists four required competency areas: (R1) Patient care, (R2) Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care, (R3) Leadership and Management, and (R4) Teaching, Education and Dissemination of Knowledge.

Block Experiences

Core (Required) Rotational Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation: 4 weeks
  • Mega MedSurg: 9 weeks
  • Management and Leadership: 5 weeks
  • Critical Care (ICU or Cardiology): 5 weeks
  • Infectious Disease: 5 weeks
  • Transitions of Care or Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine: 5 weeks

Elective Rotations:

  • Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine: 5 weeks
  • Oncology: 5 weeks
  • Cardiology: 5 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care: 5 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 5 weeks
  • Medicine Safety/Introduction to Informatics: 5 weeks
  • Pilot Research: 5 weeks

Longitudinal Experiences

Staffing: Every 3rd weekend and one weekday shift every third week.

Leadership and Service Improvement Activities:

  • Resident research or quality improvement capstone project (presented at Minnesota Residency Research Showcase)
  • Medication use evaluation (presented at ASHP Midyear)
  • Hospital committee involvement (Antimicrobial Stewardship, Pharmacy and Therapeutics or Medication Safety)
  • Present a medication monograph or medication class comparison
  • Participate in the Resident Emotional Support Team (REST) Committee
  • Participate and help coordinate (with the RPD) the annual residency retreat

Educational Activities:

  • Present two Minnesota Board of Pharmacy-approved pharmacist continuing education lectures
  • Present two case conferences and precept one student case
  • Present at least two pharmacy in-services (patient and provider)
  • Present one literature review with a statistical clinical pearl
  • Design and present one preceptor development session (during the resident retreat)
  • Develop and teach two pharmacology lectures to nursing students at St. Cloud State University
  • Present a residency clinical pearl with other local Central Minnesota pharmacy residents
  • Co-precept APPE and IPPE pharmacy students


  • Estimated stipend: $52,000
  • Insurance benefits: Health, dental, vision, accidental death and life insurance
  • Earned time accrual (Holiday/vacation/sick leave)
  • Other benefits: Laptop, office space with dual-monitor computer, free on-site parking, 403(b) retirement
  • Travel/Membership allowance ($4000/year): ASHP Midyear, Minnesota Resident Research Conference, Minnesota Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear, ASHP and MSHP membership

Requirements and How to Apply

Candidates for the St. Cloud Hospital pharmacy residency program must be:

  • Graduates of an ACPE- accredited college of pharmacy, AND
  • Eligible for licensure in Minnesota on July 1st, AND
  • U.S. Citizens or carry a U.S. permanent resident visa (a “green card”)

Applicants should complete their electronic residency application using the ASHP PhORCAS centralized application system at by Wed., Jan. 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm CST. Complete applications should include the following:

  • A completed residency application
  • Verified PharmD transcripts
  • Personal statement/Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three completed standardized reference forms — Please ensure one of these references is from a clinical preceptor