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Applying for Pharmacy Residency with Billings Clinic

Eligibility Requirements

To be appointed to the Billings Clinic PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs, 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 Codes:
  4. Be a United States citizen. The program does not sponsor visas.

Application 

  1. Apply online through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Click here to complete a PhORCAS application.

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 should include program-specific comments from reference writers

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 codes:
    • Acute care focused program: NMS code 157713
    • Ambulatory care focused program: NMS code 292013

Interviews

Telephone and on-site or vitrual 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 or Virtual Interviews

After much consideration regarding COVID, the program has decided to conduct all virtual interviews in place of on-site interviews for the 2022 – 2023 residency application cycle.  Interviews typically last a half-day and are conducted via Microsoft™ Teams™.  Residency candidates interview with different panels of individuals, including the Residency Program Director, program preceptors, current residents, pharmacy leadership, and other pharmacy staff. Billings Clinic hopes to offer some dates for on-site tours/informal visits to candidates who would like to see campus.

Salary and Benefits

Salary

$47,570

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
  • Mountain States Conference – Research/major project presentation

Other Conferences/Resources

  • Montana Pharmacy Association Spring Seminar – Research/major project presentation

BPS Examinations

The PGY1 programs at Billings Clinic are designed to prepare residents to successfully pass the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Pharmacotherapy examination (acute care focused residents) or Ambulatory Care Pharmacist examination (ambulatory care focused residents). Therefore, residents are provided with electronic study resources. After completion of residency, residents are encouraged to become board certified. This gives residents a goal to aspire towards and adds depth to their learning. Board certification 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
mtownsend@billingsclinic.org