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Applying for Pharmacy Residency with Billings Clinic

Eligibility Requirements

To be appointed to the Billings Clinic PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, applicants must:

  1. Have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree or equivalent from an ACPE-accredited school/college of pharmacy
  2. Be licensed or eligible for licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Montana
  3. Be enrolled with the ASHP Resident Matching Program (Billings Clinic’s National Matching Services Code: 157713)
  4. Be a United States citizen. The program does not sponsor visas.

Application Process

  1. Apply online through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Click here to complete a PhORCAS application.
  2. Complete an employment application with Billings Clinic. Apply now.
    • Search Pharmacy Resident PGY1 under Current Openings
    • Click Apply under the pharmacy resident listing

Deadline: January 2nd. Please ensure all application items are submitted by this date.

Standard Application Items for PhORCAS

Submit the following items through PhORCAS:

  • Letter of intent describing your goals (for your career and residency) and areas of interest.
    • Limit the letter/personal statement to 1 page please
    • Address all 5 of the following key areas:
      • What are your short-term (0-5 years) and long-term (6-15 years) career goals?
      • What are your areas of pharmacy practice interest?
      • Why are you interested in the PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Billings Clinic?
      • What can you offer to the program?
      • What goals would you like to accomplish during residency?
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript from your school/college of pharmacy (uploaded into PhORCAS)
  • Three (3) references, using the standard reference format as outlined in PhORCAS that must include program-specific comments from reference writers

Supplemental Application Items for PhORCAS

Complete an employment application with Billings Clinic. Apply now.

  • Search Pharmacy Resident PGY1 under Current Openings
  • Click Apply under the pharmacy resident listing

ASHP Resident Matching Program

  • All applicants must be registered with the ASHP Resident Matching Program and comply with all rules and requirements of the Match.
  • This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.
  • Billings Clinic’s National Matching Services code: 157713
  • For more information, please visit the ASHP Resident Matching program website.
    ASHP Resident Matching Program


Telephone and on-site interviews are required for each residency candidate in whom the program is interested.

Telephone Interviews

For selected individuals, telephone interviews are completed by the Residency Program Director and may last up to 1 hour.

On-Site Interviews

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.

Salary and Benefits



  • 22 days annual leave accrued, includes vacation and sick leave
    • 10 days may be utilized during the residency
    • 12 days may be rolled-over upon further employment with Billings Clinic or cashed-out at the end of the residency year
  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Relocation allowance for moving expenses, based upon moving distance, up to $2,500
Professional Travel (transportation, lodging and meals reimbursed)
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting – Poster presentation
  • Montana Pharmacy Association Spring Seminar – Research/major project presentation
  • Mountain States Conference – Research/major project presentation

BPS Pharmacotherapy Exam

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.

Contact Pharmacy Leadership

PGY1 Residency Program Director

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