Telephone interviews and personal 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.
On-site interviews 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, several interviews, 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 program director, program preceptors and mentors, current residents, pharmacy leadership, and other pharmacy staff. 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. Unit 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.