Program Purpose & Structure

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 6-week orientation to the department, residents rotate through nine, five-week long block experiences composed of 6 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: 6 weeks
  • Medicine I: 5 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 5 weeks
  • Management and Leadership: 5 weeks
  • Critical Care: 5 weeks
  • Infectious Disease: 5 weeks
  • Transitions of Care: 5 weeks

Elective Rotations:

  • Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine: 5 weeks
  • Oncology: 5 weeks
  • Cardiology: 5 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care: 5 weeks
  • Medicine II: 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 Midwest Resident’s Conference)
  • Medication use evaluation (presented at ASHP Midyear)
  • Hospital committee involvement (Antimicrobial Stewardship or Pharmacy and Therapeutics)
  • Present a medication monograph or medication class comparison
  • Chair the resident travel or recruitment committee
  • Participate in the Resident Emotional Support Team (REST) Committee
  • Participate and help coordinate (with the RPD) the annual residency retreat

Educational Activities:

  • Design and present two continuing education lectures to pharmacy staff
  • Present two case conferences and precept one student case
  • Present at least two pharmacy in-services (patient and provider)
  • Present two literature reviews using the POEMs methodology
  • Design and present one preceptor development session (during the resident retreat)
  • Co-precept pharmacy students


  • Estimated stipend: $47,500
  • Insurance benefits: Health, dental, vision, accidental death and life insurance
  • Earned time accrual (Holiday/vacation/sick leave)
  • Other benefits: Office space with a computer, free on-site parking, 403(b) retirement
  • Travel/Membership allowance ($4000/year): ASHP Midyear, Midwest Resident’s 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 January 3, 2019 at 11:59 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