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Applying for Pharmacy Residency with Billings Clinic

Eligibility Requirements

To be appointed to the Billings Clinic PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, applicants must:

  1. Have a Doctor of Pharmacy, (Pharm.D. degree) or equivalent from an ACPE-accredited school/college of pharmacy
  2. Be licensed or eligible for licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Montana
  3. Be enrolled with the ASHP Resident Matching Program (Billings Clinic’s National Matching Services Code: 157713)
  4. Be a United States citizen. The program does not sponsor visas.

Application Process

  1. Apply online through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Click here to complete a PhORCAS application.
  2. Complete an employment application with Billings Clinic. Apply now.
    • Select Employment Opportunities
    • Choose Billings Clinic Downtown for Facility
    • Select Professional Technical for Category
    • Choose Full-time for Status
    • Select Pharmacy Resident PGY1

Deadline: January 1st. Please ensure all application items are submitted by this date.

Standard Application items for PhORCAS

Submit the following items through PhORCAS:

  • Letter of intent describing your goals (for your career and residency) and areas of interest.
    • Limit the letter/personal statement to 1 page please
    • Address all 5 of the following key areas:
      • What are your short-term (0-5 years) and long-term career goals (6-15 years)?
      • What are your areas of pharmacy practice interest?
      • Why are you interested in the PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Billings Clinic?
      • What can you offer to the program?
      • What goals would you like to accomplish during residency?
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript from your school of pharmacy (uploaded into PhORCAS)
  • Three (3) references, using the standard reference format as outlined in PhORCAS that must include program-specific comments from reference writers

Supplemental Application Items for PhORCAS

  • Portfolio examples; combine into one file and upload to PhORCAS.  If you are unable to submit these via PhORCAS, please email them directly to the Residency Program Director. 
    • Presentation: case presentation is preferred; in-service presentation will also be accepted. Submit both presentation slides and handout as available.
    • Writing assignment: drug information response is preferred; others will also be accepted (e.g., monograph, journal club, newsletter).
    • SOAP note/patient care note (with all patient identifiers removed).

Supplemental Application Items Outside of PhORCAS

Complete an online employment application with Billings Clinic. Apply now.

  • Select Employment Opportunities
  • Choose Billings Clinic Downtown for Facility
  • Select Professional Technical for Category
  • Choose Full-time for Status
  • Select Pharmacy Resident PGY1 

ASHP Resident Matching Program

  • All applicants must be registered with the ASHP Resident Matching Program and comply with all rules and requirements of the Match.
  • This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information form any residency applicant.
  • Billings Clinic’s National Matching Services code: 157713
  • For more information, please visit the ASHP Resident Matching program website.
    ASHP Resident Matching Program

Interviews

Telephone interviews and personal on-site interviews are required for each residency candidate in whom the program is interested.

Telephone Interviews

For selected individuals, telephone interviews are completed by the Residency Program Director and may last up to 1 hour.

On-Site Interviews

On-site interivews are also required for each candidate in whom the program is interested. On-site interviews last approximately one full day and include a facility tour, shadowing in various pharmacy areas, a group interview with Pharmacy Leadership, lunch, and one-on-one time with the current residents as well as the Residency Program Director. While on-site, residency candidates will interview with a panel of individuals, including the Residency Program Director, program director, program preceptors and mentors, current residents, pharmacy leadership, and other pharmacy staff. Candidates will also give a short (~ 15 minutes) presentation as part of the interview.

Salary and Benefits

Salary

Annual Stipend - $47,570

Benefits
  • 22 days annual leave accrued, includes vacation and sick leave
  • 10 days may be utilized during the residency year
  • 12 days may be rolled-over upon further employment with Billings Clinic or cashed-out at the end of the residency year
  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Relocation allowance for moving expenses, based upon moving distance, up to $2,500
Professional Travel (transportation, lodging and meals reimbursed)
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting – Poster presentation
  • ASHP Pharmacotherapy Review Course – BCPS examination preparation
  • Mountain States Conference – Research/major project presentation

BFS Pharmacotherapy Exam

The PGY1 program at Billings Clinic is designed to prepare residents to successfully pass the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Pharmacotherapy examination.  Therefore, after completion of the PGY1   program, residents will be encouraged to take the exam.  This gives residents a goal to aspire towards and adds depth to their learning.  Board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS) allows residents to set themselves apart from their colleagues and become recognized as model practitioners.  Reimbursement for the exam may be available.

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