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Pharmacy Residency Program

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) 

Billings Clinic is an educationally-focused, integrated health-system that offers residents well-balanced experiences in direct patient care; advancing practice and improving patient care; leadership and management; teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge; and the management of medical emergencies.

If you would like to know more about Billings Clinic and the patient populations we serve, please visit About Billings Clinic.

Accreditation

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Billings Clinic is accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Our Purpose

  • Postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 Mission

To develop well-rounded, evidence-based, pharmacist clinicians who are prepared to attain the following: 

  • direct patient care or PGY2 pharmacy resident positions
  • Adjunct clinical faculty or preceptor appointments
  • Board certification in pharmacotherapy.

Pharmacists completing this residency program will be competent practitioners, skilled in evidenced-based, therapeutic medication management and direct patient care using an interdisciplinary team model.  They will develop expertise in educating other healthcare professionals, students, patients, and the community on medication-related issues.  Residents will gain confidence with drug literature evaluation, pharmacy research, and professional communication as well as leadership and pharmacy management.  They will exhibit a profound commitment to the advancement of the pharmacy profession through continued self-monitoring and development of their own performance.

Our History

In July 2009, Billings Clinic launched the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program with 2 residents, which doubled the number of pharmacy resident positions in the state of Montana at that time.

In July 2013, the program expanded to 3 PGY1 pharmacy resident positions.  Beginning in July 2017, the Billings Clinic will offer 4 PGY1 pharmacy resident positions, making it the largest program in the state.  Residents will receive one-on-one attention from preceptors and the Residency Program Director and have a built-in support system with co-residents.  The Billings Clinic PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program continues to make positive changes because of its hardworking residents, dedicated preceptors and director, as well as a supportive pharmacy staff and organization.

Contact Pharmacy Leadership

PGY1 Residency Program Director

Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS

Phone: 406 -657-4842

mtownsend@billingsclinic.org

Pharmacy Educator 

Reina Coggins, PharmD, BCPS

Phone: 406 -657-4851

rcoggins@billingsclinic.org