PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency


Residency Program Director: 
John Clark, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1) at the University of Michigan Medical Center is a 12-month program beginning late June. This program accommodates up to twelve residents and provides a wide variety of experiences designed to develop practitioners with knowledge and expertise in clinical pharmacy practice.

Residents participate in clinical, research, educational and administrative activities. The residency program is guided by the Residency Advisory Committee which consists of the residency program manager (Chair), clinical pharmacists, an administrator, all PGY-1 and PGY-2 program directors, two chief residents, and a representative of the College of Pharmacy.

Recruitment Plan 2023-2024

We will be represented at ASHP Midyear Showcase in Las Vegas Nevada on Monday, December 5th from 1-4 PM at booth 4528. Please stop by to connect with the residents & RPD! 

Can't make it to Midyear? No problem! We will be hosting a virtual showcase on Thursday, November 17th from 7-8 PM ET via Zoom. Please sign up here: 

We will also be represented at the ASHP Virtual Showcase on Thursday, December 15th from 10 AM-4 PM ET. Details to follow!

Interviews for 2023 will be 100% virtual/remote.  Information on how to apply to our residency program, as well as a list of interview dates, can be found in the "About" section of the website, under "How Do I Apply?"

Residency Requirements

Direct Patient Care Experiences

  • Residents must complete at least 80% of ASHP required outcomes through their monthly rotations
  • All evaluations must be completed in PharmAcademic

Scientific Advancement and Research

  • A research project suitable for publication and completed within the residency year. Research opportunities are available in conjunction with many of the faculty.
  • A writing project must be completed in conjunction with a preceptor. This comprehensive review project is suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Residents also present 3 seminars throughout the year; a protocol presentation, a ACPE-accredited CE presentation, and a final research project presentation

Leadership and Professional Development

  • All residents will participate in a committee (either local, state, or national) to develop essential leadership skills. They have the responsibility of determining committee involvement with the assistance of preceptors
  • Residents help support the residency class by involvement in resident-run committees, such as social media, Resident Trip, and orientation improvement committee
  • All residents participate in a longitudinal Leadership series focused on research and leadership skills with the Chief Pharmacy Officer and Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer

Teaching and Academia

  • The residents receive faculty appointments at the College and may be assigned other primary teaching responsibilities. They are instructors for a one-semester course either in the Fall or Winter semester
  • There is an optional teaching certificate opportunity provided upon successful completion of various requirements at the College of Pharmacy
  • Residents may choose the months they want to co-precept pharmacy students during orientation

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Weekend Staffing (see details below)
  • Code Blue response

Community Service

  • Residents will participate in at least one community service activity during the year, which is organized by the resident-run Community Service committee


A 6-week orientation period will introduce the resident to the College of Pharmacy and the Medical Center. During this time period, residents learn to combine distributive services with clinical services in oncology, cardiology, surgery, and medicine.

Required Rotations

The resident will complete a total of 10 monthly clinical rotations throughout the year

  • Adult internal medicine: Can be chosen in a variety of areas including internal medicine, hepatology/GI, medical oncology, antepartum, and cardiology
  • Ambulatory care (which can be longitudinal): Can have a variety of options from transplant, primary care, anticoagulation, and oncology
  • Critical care: Can be chosen in a variety of areas (see below)
  • Medication use policy 
  • Practice management: Can be chosen with a variety of preceptors that are leaders in different areas of the organization
  • Research (always December)

Elective Rotation Options

The remaining rotations are chosen as electives which include:

Adult Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care - Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, Solid Organ Transplant, and Anticoagulation
  • Nutrition
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology: General Cardiology, Heart Failure/LVAD
  • Inpatient Hematology
  • Inpatient Medical Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Solid Organ Transplant: Kidney, Liver, Pulmonary
  • Critical Care- Surgical, Medical, Cardiac/Cardiothoracic, Neuro, Trauma/Burn
  • Infectious Diseases- Consult, Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Emergency Medicine- Adult and Pediatric ER
  • Internal Medicine- General Internal Medicine, Hepatology/GI
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Labor and Delivery

Pediatric Experiences

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery 
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Non-Direct Patient Care Experiences

  • Practice Management
  • Managed Care
  • Medication Use Policy
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Academic Administration
  • Teaching and Academia
  • Pharmacy Analytics
  • Medication Safety
  • Investigational Drugs and Research

Staffing Requirements

PGY1 residents will staff 2 weekends per month divided between clinical days, clinical evenings, and operations in adult and pediatric central pharmacies starting in August. 

Each resident will work one major holiday block (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s) and one minor holiday block (Labor Day or Memorial Day). All other holidays the resident will have off of work.

Mentorship Program

PGY1 residents are assigned a residency advisory committee (RAC) mentor to help guide them through the year with graduation requirements. Residents also choose a preceptor mentor during orientation to touch base almost monthly on their wellbeing. The RAC and chosen mentor work closely together to support the resident's progress and integration from student to resident learner. 

Wellness Program

We have a dedicated committee focused on resident wellness which consists of both residents and preceptors. Residents receive one half-day off from rotation monthly to focus on a residency-class identified area of wellness, such as emotional, social, financial, etc. The resident class has the opportunity to participate in a wellness activity during their wellness afternoon, such as a hike, yoga class, or open discussion groups, but also have the ability to focus on themselves. 


  • Salary: $48,000 annually paid once monthly with medical benefits
  • 20 days of paid time off (5 days are dedicated to illness only and 5 days are dedicated to interviews only)
  • Business days for presentations at national and local conferences
  • Dedicated time off outside of 10 day PTO bank for holidays (holiday blocks of time residents are not staffing have completely off from residency)
  • Access to free workplace counseling with quick turnaround appointments
  • Half-day Fridays for wellness activities every month
  • Remote work for non-direct patient care rotations and research month
  • Leave of absence policies in the event a resident requires longer time away
  • Dedicated office desk space with a personal laptop computer
  • Embroidered white coat
  • Access to MPerks through University of Michigan (additional savings using your badge)

Residency Program Director

John Clark, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP  
Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer- Michigan Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and Health System
Email: [email protected]

Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.