Pharmacy Residency Programs

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Purpose Statement

The Seton Family of Hospitals, in conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, is offering an ASHP accredited Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency. The PGY1 pharmacy residency is a twelve-month program designed to expose residents to a rich clinical environment in which they experience concentrated, yet diverse training in a variety of pharmacy practice areas. At the completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to function, with confidence, as a general clinical practitioner in an acute care setting. As an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY1 program, the graduate will also be prepared to pursue a PGY2 residency.

Resident Rotations

The primary base for the residency program is at the University Medical Center Brackenridge (a teaching hospital) but residents have the opportunity to complete rotations at 3 of our community hospitals, our psychiatric hospital and our pediatric hospital. Residents complete 12, one-month rotations (including orientation). After completing the orientation month, residents are offered the following experiences:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics (PICU, NICU, Pedi ID)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Cardiac Transplant
  • Practice Management

While most rotations offered are inpatient experiences, the Oncology and Cardiac Transplant rotations offer exposure to both inpatient and ambulatory care patients. Research, academics, and staffing are required longitudinal experiences. The resident will complete an original research project suitable for presentation at a national meeting and present a seminar to faculty and fellow residents at the College of Pharmacy. The resident will aid in proctoring a small group Pharmacotherapy lab. An Academic Training Certificate Program is conducted for residents affiliated with the University of Texas in order to strengthen the resident’s teaching skills. The resident will receive an Instructor of Clinical Pharmacy appointment in the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice. A residency certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

Start Date

July 1


Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited school or college of pharmacy Texas licensure by August 1 Enrollment in the ASHP Residency Match Program


Competitive salary plus an attractive benefits package (resident stipend for 2014-2015 was – $45,000)

Guidelines for Application

Application deadline is January 2, 2015 All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for an on-site interview. Applications must be completed through the PhORCAS system Completed applications include:

  • Letter of intent
  • Official academic transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three written letters of recommendation

Information for reference writers Some of our recruitment materials indicate that we require three WRITTEN letters of recommendation. However, the new PhORCAS system does not allow for uploaded letters of recommendation as it has in previous years.  In lieu of a written letter, we ask that the reference writers complete the four questions that are optional in PhORCAS. The questions are as follows:

  1. Please describe the nature of your interactions with the candidate. Under a period of normal workload or abnormal? Frequency or number of directly observed clinical activities of the candidate? The degree of independence the candidate was given? Was that independence reduced or increased over the duration of a rotation? How did the candidate’s skills compare with (in order of preference) concurrent residents, peer students or students from other colleges?
  2. Please provide 2 strengths of this candidate and how you believe these strengths will be beneficial to his/her success in a residency program.
  3. Please provide 2 areas of improvement of this candidate and how you believe a residency program will be able to work with the candidate’s noted areas for improvement.
  4. Please feel free to address any other characteristics or observances of the candidate not mentioned previously.

The response boxes to these questions allow for up to 6500 characters. We request that the reference writers include the same quantity and quality of information that they would normally include in a traditional letter of recommendation in their responses to these questions. Alternatively, a reference writer can write a traditional letter of recommendation and copy and paste it into the answer box to the fourth question “Please feel free to address any other characteristics or observances of the candidate not mentioned previously.”