The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Valleywise Health is a 12-month post-graduate comprehensive residency program. PGY1 Pharmacy Residents will receive training in the management of medication therapy for a variety of disease states encountered in the acute care setting. They will be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as part of an interdisciplinary health care team through participation in patient care rounds and pharmacy consults. The pharmacy residents will develop proficiency in written and verbal communication and in educating health care professionals, patients, and students on drug-related topics. Residents will be encouraged through a mentor program to develop a personal philosophy of practice and will evaluate their performance and commitment to the profession.
A broad range of clinical pharmacy services are provided within Valleywise Health including internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric and adult critical care, burn care, trauma, psychiatry, and infectious diseases. The pharmacy resident serves as a member of the interdisciplinary patient care team and will be committed to optimizing patient medication outcomes.


Required rotations include departmental orientation, internal medicine 1, medical intensive care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, adult medicine II (internal medicine 2 or ambulatory care), critical care II (surgical or burn intensive care), and special populations (adult burn or acute inpatient psychiatry). In addition, the resident will participate in several longitudinal experiences including information management, pharmacy systems, and practice management. The resident will experience drug distribution and pharmacy operations through weekend staffing assignments in the central pharmacy. The resident will have the opportunity to select additional elective experiences including pediatrics, advanced internal medicine, advanced emergency medicine, advanced adult critical care, and HIV. Additional rotations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Each resident is expected to complete a longitudinal research project under the guidance of a project preceptor. Results are presented at a regional conference.

Valleywise Health is a clerkship site for Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale, Creighton University School of Pharmacy, and other accredited institutions. The resident may serve as a clinical co-preceptor for pharmacy students. The resident will provide in-service education to pharmacists, nurses, physicians, allied health professionals, students and patients as assigned. The resident will work on additional educational projects such as case presentations, drug information responses, journal club presentations, and a seminar/CE presentation. The resident may be assigned to serve as preceptor for various University of Arizona College of Pharmacy courses/activities.

The resident will participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee through monthly attendance and the presentation of assigned projects (such as a Medication Utilization Evaluation). Residents gain additional exposure to multidisciplinary committees through participation in Medication Safety Committee.

Candidate Requirements

There are two PGY1 resident positions available for the 2024-2025 program year. Candidates must have graduated from or be expected to graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program. Candidates must be eligible for licensure by the Arizona Board of Pharmacy. Residents are expected to be licensed in the State of Arizona by September 1, 2024.

How to Apply

Candidates can apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Additional details on PhORCAS can be found at Applications are due by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on January 2, 2024.

Application Requirements:

Standard PhORCAS Requirements

  • Basic Demographics, Transcript, Personal Statement/Letter of Intent, Curriculum Vitae, Three References using the standardized template in PhORCAS, Extracurricular Activities

  • The letter of intent should explain what personal and professional objectives you wish to fulfill by completing a residency, your long-term and short-term professional goals and why you are pursuing our program.


Interviews will be offered via email and will include several panel interviews and a clinical assessment session

ASHP Resident Matching Program

Valleywise Health (Program Code 115613) participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.  All applicants must be enrolled. Go to the following web site for additional information regarding enrollment in the Resident Matching Program:

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Contact Us

For general information on our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please fill out the form below and select the ‘PGY1 Residency Program Director’ in the dropdown selector, or call (602) 344-5279 to reach Erica Domer, PharmD.