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Pharmacy PGY1 Program

Birmingham VA Pharmacy Residency Program


PGY1 Residency


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at the Birmingham VA Health Care System is directed to focus on the development of knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to become a competent clinical practitioner. The training and education of residents will complement the existing clinical pharmaceutical care. The residents will be directly involved in providing patient oriented pharmaceutical services as well as participate in other pharmacy operations including management and assigned projects.

Purpose Statement:

The purpose of the program is to develop well-rounded, independent, competent clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions.  Residents will be provided the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care, pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills that can be applied to any practice setting. Residents will also participate in ongoing service activities to expand clinical problem solving skills and their ability to work with others.  Further, the goal is to prepare residents to precept students, prepare for BPS certification, pursue a PGY2 residency, and, in the future, function as a residency preceptor


The objectives of the residency program are to prepare clinical pharmacists for the following:

  • Direct patient care positions
  • Adjunct faculty positions or non-tenure track clinical faculty positions
  • PGY2 training in area of choice


The program is a twelve-month, postgraduate training experience. At least six of the twelve months are comprised of required rotations in core subject areas that are considered to be essential for the pharmacy practitioner. A broad range of selective and elective rotations are available for the remaining months to permit the resident flexibility in attaining individual goals. Residents will practice alongside pharmacy students and, in conjunction with their preceptor, will gain experience teaching and precepting students.


  • A competitive stipend of $47,646
  • Eleven (11) paid federal holidays per year
  • Thirteen (13) days of paid annual leave
  • Thirteen (13) days of paid sick leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance available
  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • Residents attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC)