Postgraduate Residency Training
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredits postgraduate residency training programs for pharmacists. Postgraduate training is elective, though this yearlong experience allows you to apply the knowledge and skills learned in pharmacy school to real patients, situations and settings.
A postgraduate year one (PGY-1) residency prepares graduate pharmacists for clinical practice and offers countless advantages, including a competitive advantage in the job market, networking contacts and professional mentors, and direction for future career opportunities.
A postgraduate year two (PGY-2) is an additional yearlong training program that builds on the skills from a PGY-1 residency. The PGY-2 residency is often referred to as a "specialty" residency due to the training focus — such as critical care, oncology or infectious diseases — and may be offered in combination with other programs, such as a master's degree or a fellowship.
Unlike pharmacy school, a residency is a paid position and usually includes employee benefits. Mayo Clinic offers both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residencies at multiple sites across the U.S.
Students must begin preparing their residency applications during pharmacy school. You can find general information, answers and insights about residency training on the ASHP website.
The selection process is extremely competitive, though the knowledge acquired and confidence built prepares residency graduates to practice at an extremely high level.