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Pharmacy Residency History, Purpose, and Mission

Our History

In July 2009, Billings Clinic launched the Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program with two residents, which doubled the number of pharmacy resident positions in the state of Montana. The program secured initial American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation in April 2011.

In July 2013, the program expanded to three PGY1 pharmacy resident positions. The program continues to make positive changes with the help of its hardworking residents, dedicated preceptors and director, as well as supportive pharmacy staff and organization.

Our Purpose

Postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 for any of the following: direct patient care positions, adjunct clinical faculty or preceptor appointments, and to attain 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.

Contact Pharmacy Leadership

PGY1 Residency Program Director

Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS

Phone: 406 -657-4842

Pharmacy Educator 

Reina Coggins, PharmD, BCPS

Phone: 406 -657-4851