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Pharmacy Residency Program at St. John Medical Center

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Program Overview

We are pleased to announce that as of July 2021, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center's Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) residency program is an accredited program through American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Although the residency program is structured to meet the PGY1 standards set forth by ASHP, all experiences are individualized based on existing resident competencies and personal interests. The purpose of this residency program is to develop competent clinical pharmacy practitioners who have accelerated their growth beyond entry-level professional aptitude in patient care and practice management. The program ensures residents further develop leadership and therapeutic skills that may be applied in any direct patient care position in a variety of practice settings.


  • Manage and improve the medication use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management within interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education and training
  • Utilize medical informatics
  • Conduct pharmacy practice research
  • Participate in the management of medical emergencies
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Apply patient care, customer service, and practice innovation skills in an integrated delivery system environment (i.e. development/ application of treatment guidelines)
  • Effective in work teams which are charged with planning activities, identifying opportunities for improvement, analyzing alternatives, implementing solutions and evaluating results
  • Demonstrate additional competencies that contribute to working successfully in the health care environment
  • Competent to be eligible for hire within the PeaceHealth system or other practice setting upon completion of the residency program

Application Process

If you would like the opportunity to join our progressive and robust pharmacy team, please apply as directed below:

  1. Submit a complete residency program application through PHORCAS by January 8, 2024
  2. Register for the ASHP National Matching Service
  3. Complete an on-site* interview if selected - *This may be held virtually.
Residents pose for a photo in front of their program display

Requirements for Residency:

Initial Pharmacy Practice Experience and Orientation - (July – November)

Orientation may be longer or shorter depending on individual resident background.

  • General Orientation: Code Blue, drug information/P&T, basic orientation
  • Training in central/outpatient pharmacy operations which is 6 weeks

Completion of the following minimum training experiences:

  • Twelve weeks of ambulatory practice experiences
    • Six weeks experience in Ambulatory Care I required
  • Twelve weeks of inpatient practice experiences
    • Six weeks experience in Intensive Care/Internal Medicine I required
  • Six weeks experience in Transitions of Care required
  • Two weeks experience in Infectious Disease required – *Also longitudinal component
  • Longitudinal experiences
    • Leadership and Personal Development (aka. Weekly Meetings)
    • Major Project
    • Clinical Staffing
    • Drug Information
    • Foundation Skills (Staffing)
    • Infectious Disease – 10 full day workshops
  • Academia/Precepting - Teaching certification program in conjunction with the Portland Citywide program

Drug Information

  • Completion of at least one drug monograph for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Completion of at least one medication use evaluation and a formulary class review or a second medication use evaluation for the P&T Committee
  • Completion of quarterly P&T newsletter published to pharmacy staff
  • Completion of at least one review of the ISMP quarterly action agenda
  • Completion of leading one formal journal club

Clinical Staffing: One three-week experience as a decentralized pharmacist responsible for a service (January-June). During this time, there is no direct preceptor. This experience occurs during the second half of the residency.

Available Training Experiences

Acute Care Experiences - On-site

  • Administration/Management
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine / Critical Care I – Required
  • Internal Medicine / Critical Care II

Transitions of Care – On-Site – Required

Infectious Disease – On-Site and Off-Site – Required

Ambulatory Care Experiences - On-site

  • Administration/Management
  • Ambulatory Care I – Required
  • Ambulatory Care II
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM) / Anticoagulation
  • Oncology/Infusion Center I
  • Oncology/Infusion Center II
  • Pain Management (*offered in Spring)

Other Off-site Experiences (Up to 8 weeks when available per ASHP requirements)

  • Specific rotations available off-site at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in conjunction with their PGY1 program are offered if requested by resident

Non-Rotational and Longitudinal Experiences

  • Academia/Precepting - Teaching certification program in conjunction with the Portland Citywide program
  • Leadership and Personal Development (aka. Weekly Meetings) – Required
  • Major Project – Required
  • Clinical Staffing – Required
  • Drug Information – Required
  • Foundation Skills (Staffing) – Required

Residency Program and Stipend Benefits


  • The current annual stipend in effect from July 3, 2023 through June 30, 2024 is approximately $68,000 per year.
  • Additional paid shifts are an option if available (varied services) for residents


  • Two weeks paid time off (PTO) (vacation and sick leave) plus 4 paid holidays per one year period. This is manually tracked and lost if not used at the end of the year. Note: Residents are required to work at least two holidays.
  • Medical Insurance (monthly premium may be required)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (monthly premium required)
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Other benefits available for a monthly premium
  • Paid registration, fees, airfare, hotel, and time to attend ASHP’s Clinical Midyear Meeting and a regional pharmacy conference for presenting project results. This is estimated to be about 4 days in length.
  • Paid registration, fees, and time to attend Northwestern States Residency Conference in the Spring.
  • Up to 3 days paid educational leave which includes time to interview for post residency positions. Unused CE/Interview time is not paid out at the end of the residency year.