Becoming a Pharmacy Resident

The purpose of the Spectrum Health Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the doctor of pharmacy education to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists. These residents gain skills that allow them to be responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two pharmacy residency training.

The purpose of the Spectrum Health Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Critical Care or Pediatric Pharmacy Residency is to build on doctor of pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area when board certification for the practice area exists.