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.
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The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Billings Clinic is accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
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.
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 project management. They will exhibit a profound commitment to the advancement of the pharmacy profession through continued self-monitoring and development of their own performance.
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, Billings Clinic offers 4 PGY1 pharmacy resident positions annually, making it the largest program in the state. Residents receive one-on-one attention from preceptors and the Residency Program Director (RPD) 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.