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Pharmacy Residency Program Application

Applications for the 2021-2022 year will be accepted beginning in fall 2020 using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) website. All applicants must register for The Match-ASHP Resident Matching Program as well as submit an application using the PhORCAS portal.

The deadline for applications and all specific requirements for acceptance is January 3. Interested applicants should have a PharmD or an MS/BS with clinical experience, be eligible for Louisiana licensure and a Louisiana intern license, and submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS.

Resident eligibility requirements

To be eligible for one of University Medical Center's residency positions, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate of an ACPE accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program or graduate with Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with Master’s degree or significant clinical practice experience (e.g. minimum of 3 years of clinical/direct patient care)
  • Meet requirements for employment at University Medical Center New Orleans
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be eligible for Louisiana Pharmacist licensure and obtain a Louisiana Pharmacy Intern license prior to start of the program. Residents must obtain licensure to practice pharmacy in Louisiana before October 1 of the year starting the residency

Application process and requirements for acceptance:

The materials that must be submitted to PhORCAS by January 3 include:

  • Letter of intent that includes why you chose to apply to the residency program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation – a minimum of one of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All 3 reference writers should use the standardPhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.
  • A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your cover letter. “Reflect on a challenging situation (personal or professional) that required you to question your values or assumptions, and utilize your knowledge and reasoning. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?”
  • Official pharmacy school transcripts

NOTE: The essay response should be uploaded in the Supplemental Information section in PhORCAS. Space is limited to a max of 5 MB and must be provided in the following format: .pdf, .doc, .txt, .rtf.

Selection process

Pre-interview: The selection process starts with the application process.

Residency candidates will be invited to an on-site interview based on their:

  • Completion of all application requirements by the deadline (5 listed above)
  • Letter of intent and whether the candidate’s interests match the University Medical Center residency goals and offerings
  • Response to the question posed to applicants
  • Letters of recommendations

On-site interview

Applicants should be prepared to assume the travel and lodging costs for the interview, as University Medical Center does not provide compensation for the interview process. Candidates will make airline and/or hotel arrangements and airport transportation on date scheduled by University Medical Center. The interview process entails a half-day (8:00 am-12 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm) of meetings with preceptors, administrative staff and a tour of the facilities.

A short case-presentation will be required and presented to the pharmacy staff during the interview. More information will be provided prior to the interview. Interviews are conducted in the months of January and February. If other arrangements are needed, the candidate must coordinate with the Residency Program Director (RPD).


The resident is selected by the Pharmacy Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) based on multiple factors including his/her past education and training, performance during the on-site interview, and overall match with the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at University Medical Center. The RPD will then rank candidates through the ASHP Resident Matching Program. All residents are selected through the ASHP Resident Matching Program. The resident position is not offered in advance of the Resident Matching Program. The RPD will discuss the matching process during the on-site interview.

Once the Match is determined between program and candidate the University Medical Center RPD will send out an appointment letter/contract. The resident must return the signed contract/agreement within 10 business days of the receipt or by April 15. Contact information will be given to matching resident at the time of the match to insure receipt within the specific time period.

Resident’s start date will be on July 1st of each residency year. Residents are required to attend the HR orientation and EPIC training prior to starting on July 1st. The resident should expect to complete this orientation/training in the last week in June.

Program structure & rotations

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month long program. Each resident's first rotation will be orientation and training in the drug distribution service components of the Department of Pharmacy Services. The December rotation is designated for the attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, assistance in the recruitment of future residents, project activities, completing assignments, and assisting in the staffing areas as needed.

At a minimum, the resident spends two thirds or more of their time involved in direct patient care activities. The practice model integrates distribution and clinical activities at the patient care level and is supported by decentralized drug distribution. Clinical pharmacists cover all acute patient care areas and select ambulatory care clinics.

Residents contribute to many clinical activities including collection of data for Drug Utilization Evaluations (DUEs), in-services to the staff (e.g. pharmacist, technicians, nurses, physicians) during their clinical rotations, and medication education to inpatients/out-patients. In addition to clinical services, the residents serve as preceptors throughout the year to pharmacy students completing their clinical clerkships.

Throughout the year, residents serve on the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, University Medical Center Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, LCMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and other related committees. The formal aspects of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are coordinated by the Clinical Pharmacy Manager, and residents have an opportunity to present to the Committees.

Pharmacy practice areas

The resident will participate in a total of 10 rotations (December is considered a project/staffing/Mid-Year Meeting month) and will gain experience from these rotations through working with nationally recognized pharmacy practitioners in various areas of advanced pharmacy practice. The University Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program covers the areas listed below.

Core Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Internal medicine (4 weeks)
  • Internal medicine II (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care- MICU and TICU (8 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease/ Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration/Practice Management (4 weeks

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Staffing (inpatient care component)
  • Practice Management and Administration
  • Research project
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Drug Information and Information Technology

Elective Learning Experiences (choose 4)

  • Critical care (Addition to CORE)
  • Academia
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Practice Management (Addition to CORE)
  • Psychiatry
  • HIV
  • Oncology Drug Information
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Anticoagulation Management Clinic
  • Burn Services