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Description, Requirements and Benefits

We know we can only fulfill our Mission and Vision, and build our desired culture if those who work at PeaceHealth are committed, find joy in what they do and embrace their roles as caregivers in service to our patients, families and one another. We emphasize the vital importance of a vibrant culture and work environment where relationships and teamwork are highly valued.   

Residency Description 

Demonstrates compassion, care and respect in position. Within the scope of their practice, the pharmacy resident works collaboratively with all healthcare team members toward the best outcomes for the patient and the organization. Provides competent, efficient and ethical pharmacy operations and basic pharmacotherapeutic services for the assigned caseload of patients. The pharmacy resident consults with or refers to senior pharmacists/preceptors or the pharmacy clinical leads, cases for answers to questions which are unusual, unfamiliar, high risk or labor-intensive. 

The pharmacy resident is responsible for optimizing operations, drug therapy and the quality of care in collaboration with the staff of the pharmacy department, medical staff and other clinicians. Efficient and competent pharmacy operations are the primary focus, but practice incorporates evaluation of drug regimens for efficacy, patient compliance, toxicity, and cost. The pharmacy resident demonstrates competent use of drug information resources, computer systems and other technology in use in the department. Residents participate in drug formulary monograph preparation, drug use evaluations, patient education and improves the systems of the department. The pharmacy resident is responsible for the general responsibilities and skill requirements listed and provides service and cross-coverage as directed by department leadership. 

Residents develop competency in the following areas:

  • Automated dispensing cabinet (Pyxis)
  • Anticoagulation
  • Code Blue
  • Controlled substances
  • CHR (computerized health records)
  • General clinical
  • Kinetics
  • Renal adjustments
  • Adverse drug events
  • Chemotherapy
  • Controlled substances
  • Dispensing
  • IV admixture
  • Patient counseling
  • TPN (total parental nutrition)

 Residents gain specific skills in:

  • Safety
  • Occupational health requirements
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Policies and procedures

Applicant Requirements

  • Education: Graduate of an accredited College of Pharmacy.
  • License/Certification: Eligible to be licensed as a registered pharmacist in the state of Washington.
  • Experience and/or training: Experience in unit dose distribution, IV admixture and computerized med order entry and pharmacy profiles are preferred.
  • Special skills/demands: Basic computer skills are required. Must have the ability to perform physical requirements of the job.


We offer a competitive annual stipend. Residents also receive medical/dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation, and support for attending educational conferences, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear and a Regional Residency Conference. Additionally, by being a part of the PeaceHealth organization, residents enjoy a number of discounts throughout the Bellingham community.