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Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program

This PGY1 residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

About the program


The VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System is located adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a 192-bed tertiary care facility that also serves over 60,000 patients in primary care. We provide more than 670,000 encounters and process over 1,600,000 prescriptions annually.

Our ASHP-accredited PGY1 Residency consists of two residents and is a 12-month program which starts in late June/early July. It is designed to provide professional training in various clinical rotations, inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, pharmacokinetic dosing, patient education and counseling, and administrative services. We offer opportunities to participate in direct patient care as a provider in a number of clinical settings such as geriatrics, palliative care, ambulatory care, internal medicine, infectious diseases, critical care, mental health, oncology/infusion clinic, investigational drugs, and many more. We also provide a longitudinal, comprehensive research experience and a wide variety of teaching opportunities. Additional projects and activities throughout the year are designed to assist with the residents’ development as a skilled clinical pharmacist and achievement of both the residents’ personal and residency-specific goals.

Purpose statement

This PGY1 residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training. 

The pharmacist completing this residency will be equipped with the knowledge base and experience to practice as a clinical pharmacist capable of providing exemplary patient care and functioning as a strong leader in the profession.  The pharmacist will be able to effectively and confidently communicate assessments and recommendations to interdisciplinary team members and to the patient.  The pharmacist will be able to identify and prioritize patients who may significantly benefit from their services, providing the patients with comfort and counseling as appropriate.

Program goals

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients, including those with multiple co-morbidities, high-risk medication regimens, and multiple medications following a consistent patient care process.
  • Ensure continuity of care during patient transitions between care settings.
  • Prepare, dispense, and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate and investigate practice, review data, and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care and/or the medication use system.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate management skills.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups).
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptors’ roles when engaged in teaching (e.g., students, pharmacy technicians, or other health care professionals).
  • Conduct and analyze results of pharmacy research.
  • Contribute to the management and development of pharmacy staff.

Residency components

Rotations and Longitudinal Activities

  • Required Rotations
    • Orientation (4 weeks)
    • Ambulatory Care (5 weeks)
    • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)
    • Geriatrics Community Living Center/Palliative Care Unit (5 weeks)
    • Institutional Pharmacy Practice (4 weeks)
  • Selective/Elective Rotations
    • 2 selections from the following (5 weeks each):
      • Ambulatory Care II
      • Mental Health
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Critical Care
    • 2 electives from the following (5 weeks each):
      • Integrated Pain Management
      • Infusion Clinic/Hazardous Drugs
      • Internal Medicine II
      • Or may choose from list of selective options above
  • Longitudinal Activities
    • Longitudinal Pharmacy Staffing (9 months)
      • Weekend shifts, 2 shifts per month, fee-based pharmacist salary
    • Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Clinic (8 months)
      • 3-4 hours weekly, practice area dependent on resident interests and preceptor availability
    • Longitudinal Inverted Research Model (IRM)
      • IRM Project 1 - data collection, analysis, manuscript, presentation of findings (10 months)
      • IRM Project 2 - project development, protocol, approvals, data source (6 months)
    • Longitudinal Pharmacy Administration
      • Pharmacy Administration Part 1: ADE & QA (10 months)
      • Pharmacy Administration Part 2: Recruit-Interview (5 months)
      • Pharmacy Administration Part 3: Leadership-Management (3 months)
      • Pharmacy Administration Part 4: MUE (3 months)
    • Longitudinal Presentations and Teaching (10 months)
  • Additional Optional Learning Experience
    • Teaching Certificate (10 months longitudinal)
      • Pending availability and funding

Projects and Activities

  • Required Projects and Activities
    • Journal Club (2 - 3)
    • Staff Development (1)
    • In-service Presentations (1)
    • Case Presentations (1)
    • Grand Rounds Presentation (1)
    • Guideline, Protocol, Treatment Review, or Monograph (1)
    • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) (1)
    • Major Projects (2)
      • Residents expected to complete a project and start a project using the inverted research model (IRM) approach
        • IRM Project 1
        • IRM Project 2
      • Projects may include research, outcomes project, pharmacoeconomic evaluation, etc.
    • Presentation of Major Project (2)
    • Major Project Manuscript (1)
      • Publishable quality for completed IRM Project 1
    • RPD-Resident Meetings (50% of scheduled)
    • Development Plan-Quarterly Evaluation and Review
  • Additional Projects and Activities
    • Longitudinal Pharmacy administration - Part 1: ADE & QA Chart Reviews (monthly as assigned)
    • Recruitment events (as available)
    • PGY1 Interviews (Jan/Feb)
    • Meetings
      • IRB (1)
      • R&D (1)
      • P&T (1 per quarter)
      • Pharmacy department meetings as time allows
    • National VA Journal Club Calls (2 - 4)
    • National VA Pharmacy Resident Conference Calls (5)
    • BLS Certification
    • Understanding Designs for Clinical Research VA Conference Course (2- 4 sessions)
    • Federal Resident Council (FedReC) National Journal Club Workshop (NJCW) series (4 - sessions)
    • VA facility-required online training (Talent Management System (TMS)
    • Student Teaching Opportunities

Requirements for Completion of Residency

The following list outlines the minimum requirements for successful completion of the PGY1 Residency Program:

  • Complete all required learning experiences
  • Complete all PharmAcademic evaluations
  • No objectives rated below 3 (average) on final rating
  • 80% learning objectives marked as ACHIEVED for residency
  • Complete 2 journal club presentations
  • Complete 1 staff development presentation or exercise
  • Complete 1 in-service
  • Complete 1 case presentation
  • Complete 1 grand rounds presentation
  • Complete and present 1 MUE
  • Prepare 1 guideline, protocol, treatment review, or monograph
  • Complete major project (designated as IRM Project 1 and IRM Project 2)
  • Present IRM Project 1 in 2 different styles/settings
  • Complete manuscript of publishable quality and be approved by primary project preceptor
  • Weekend inpatient staffing minimum 14 shifts
  • Attend at least 50% of scheduled RPD-resident meetings
  • Complete all quarterly evaluations and reviews

Current PGY1 residents

Michael Ray Brown, Jr.

Michael Ray Brown, Jr. Pharm.D.

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

VA Oklahoma City health care

Natasha Orcutt, Pharm.D.

Natasha Orcutt Pharm.D.

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

VA Oklahoma City health care



  • $41,742 (2022-2023), paid bi-weekly
  • Additional fee-based salary for required weekend staffing


  • Annual Leave: 4 hours per pay period, or 13 days per year
  • Sick Leave: 4 hours per pay period, or 13 days per year
  • Federal Holidays: 11 paid holidays
  • Paid administrative leave may be approved for VA-approved professional travel


  • Reimbursement to attend approved educational meetings (funding permitting)


  • Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) eligible for health insurance

Other Benefits

  • Office workspace
  • Comprehensive health sciences library
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free parking

For more information regarding benefits, please visit

Application information (Match # 122913)

Applicant requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Pharm.D. graduate of an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program in the U.S.
  • Active pharmacist’s license or eligibility for future license (must be licensed through any U.S. State Board of Pharmacy within 90 days of starting the program)
  • Registration online with the National Matching Service and using the shared PhORCAS/Match registration portal
  • Adherence to all rules of the ASHP Resident Matching Program Process

Required materials

  • Completed PhORCAS application
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts from Doctor of Pharmacy coursework
  • Three standardized PhORCAS references

Interview requirements and scheduling

  • Interview is required
  • All candidates will be notified of their interview status by the end of January
  • Candidates will have the option of completing an in-person (preferred) or virtual interview

Completed applications must be submitted via PhORCAS by 11:59 p.m. on Jan.  2. 

For questions regarding the application process, please contact: 

Jennifer Bird, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program director
Oklahoma City VA HCS (119)
921 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Phone: 405-456-2538