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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program


If you have any questions, contact Brent Carlson, Pharm.D., BCPS, PGY1 Residency Program Director, at (607) 763-5657.

Duration:  12 months (PGY-1)

Number of Positions: 2

Starting Date:  July 1

Estimated Stipend: $45,000

Interview Required: Yes

The Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at UHS Hospitals provides a structured training experience at a community teaching hospital that prepares its graduates to successfully practice in patient care positions and/or pursue further training in a PGY2 residency program in the area of their choice. 

Upon successful completion of the program, the resident will be competent in their ability to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process 
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams 
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills 
  • Demonstrate project management skills 
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training 
  • Utilize medical informatics.

UHS Department of Pharmacy Distributive Services (inpatient):

  • Decentralized pharmacy workstations 
  • Computerized pharmacy operation and patient information system 
  • Fully decentralized unit-based drug distribution system (AcuDose-Rx® cabinets) 
  • Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) 
  • 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year service

Required Rotations/Learning Experiences

Critical Care

Ambulatory Care

Internal Medicine


Infectious Diseases

Medication Safety

Behavioral Health

Pharmacy Administration

Pharmacy Operations (orientation/staffing)

During your residency year, you will complete required rotations in a number of areas, including critical care, ambulatory care, internal medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, medication safety,behavioral health, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy operations (staffing). Elective rotations are also available and can be personalized to meet your interests.

Elective Rotations (including but not limited to):

Further experience in any required rotation

Can be customized to meet resident's interest

Through experiences in patient centered care, pharmacy operations, and leadership, the resident will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills and confidence in pharmaceutical care. You will function as a key member of the healthcare team and be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes for patients. Along the way you will develop the skills necessary to become a confident, valued provider of education on medication therapy-related topics to patients, to other healthcare professionals and to the community.

Upon successful completion of the program you will have built a solid, personal philosophy of practice excellence and a commitment to the profession of pharmacy. You will have the skills necessary to provide  exceptional pharmaceutical care to patients in a wide variety of healthcare settings.


Health care:  Residents will receive medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Time off:  Residents will receive 15 days paid time off (PTO) to be used for sick days, holidays, interview days, vacation, etc.

Pagers:  Residents will be supplied a pager at the beginning of the residency year.

Parking:  Residents will have access to free parking.

How to apply


To be considered for the Pharmacy Residency, you must be a U.S. citizen and a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy, and be eligible for New York State licensure (must be licensed by October 1st).

Application Process:

All of the following materials must be submitted via PhORCAS, which can be accessed at

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest (including your main area of clinical interest)
  • Transcripts (Doctor of Pharmacy program only)
  • Three letters of recommendation/references submitted using the form provided on PhORCAS.

The Mission of Our Pharmacy

The mission of the UHS Pharmacy Department is to optimize patient outcomes through medication management across the continuum of care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  Do you participate in the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

•    No, our PGY1 program does not participate in PPS.  Preceptors and current residents will be happy to answer all of your questions during the residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

2.  What are the staffing responsibilities of your residents?

•    Residents are required to staff every other weekend completing pharmacy clinical consults (vancomycin, aminoglycosides, TPN, anticoagulation)

3.  Can you sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. citizens?

•    We currently do not sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. citizens.

4.  When choosing elective rotations, is your residency program flexible?

•    Yes!  We strive to structure each resident’s rotation schedule to reflect the resident’s career goals and interests.