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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.

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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 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.

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, 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.

Contact Pharmacy Leadership

PGY1 Residency Program Director

Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS
Phone: 406 -657-4842

Wellness Prgram

The Billings Clinic Pharmacy Resident Wellness Program strives to promote resident wellbeing and resilience.

Learn more.