Telephone and on-site interviews are required for each residency candidate in whom the program is interested.
For selected individuals, telephone interviews are completed by the Residency Program Director and may last up to 1 hour.
After much consideration regarding COVID, the program has decided to conduct all virtual interviews in place of on-site interviews for the 2021 – 2022 residency application cycle. Details are still pending, but interviews may last up to one full day. Residency candidates will interview with different panels of individuals, including the Residency Program Director, program preceptors, current residents, pharmacy leadership, and other pharmacy staff. Candidates may also be asked to give a short presentation as part of the interview.
The core interview with pharmacy leadership lasts approximately 45 minutes, followed by a short (~ 15 minutes) presentation from candidates on a topic of their choice. Interviews with preceptors as well as the resident interview include a few questions followed by time to discuss residency experiences, the organization, and other candidate questions.
The PGY1 program at Billings Clinic is designed to prepare residents to successfully pass the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Pharmacotherapy examination. Therefore, residents are provided with a 3-day pharmacotherapy review course as well as electronic and printed study resources. 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.