• PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

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The Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Pharmacy Residency concentrates on the development of clinical practice skills. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is an intense twelve-month program designed to develop a confident, independently-practicing clinician by providing exposure to a clinical environment that offers diverse training in a variety of pharmacy practice areas. The resident will become proficient in a broad range of services structured to develop their individual strengths and advance the growth of their clinical judgment. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, and research. This mission has been intricately entwined throughout all aspects of the health system. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is one of the largest university-based physician training centers in the southern United States. Our pharmacy features the latest technologies to support today’s pharmacy practice.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Overview

The Post-Graduate Year one (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are: responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Structure includes 8 required core rotations, each 1 month long:

  • Critical Care including rotations in our Trauma/Surgical ICU, Medical ICU and Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Internal Medicine (2)
  • Ambulatory Care including anticoagulation, diabetes, and cardiology
  • Management
  • Orientation
  • Research/ Quality Improvement Project
  • Pediatrics

We also offer elective rotations, 4 required, each 1 month long:

  • Critical Care including our Medical Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, and Trauma/ Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/ Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease, adults and pediatric
  • Nephrology
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Drug Information/ Quality Improvement
  • Research/ Quality Improvement Project
  • Department of Pharmacy Practice Service/ Staffing
  • Teaching Certificate Program

We offer the following salary and benefits for program participants:

Salary/Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Competitive salary
  • Residents earn 18 PTO days during their 12-month program, which are used for sick time, vacation days, seminars, interviews and personal days.
  • Holidays – residents will be expected to work 3 of 8 holidays


  • Health Insurance: comprehensive medical, dental and eye coverage
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Reimbursement for ASHP Midyear and for the Alcalde Residency Conference
  • Additional benefits (provided and optional) are detailed in the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Employee Benefits Handbook provided by the Human Resource Department
  • Program Requirements
    • Licensed or eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in Louisiana
    • Participation in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
    • Completed application via PhORCAS
      • Letter of intent describing professional goals and reasons for pursuing residency training
      • Pharmacy school transcripts
      • Three professional references using the Standardized Reference Template in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
      • Curriculum vitae
  • Considerations for Selection
    • Professional/career goals
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Clinical experience
    • Leadership experience
    • Knowledge, skills, and abilities
    • Community or public service
    • Interview
  • Resident Expectations
    • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of settings
    • Strive to be a self-directed learner and accept constructive feedback from mentors
    • Complete all assigned duties and projects
    • Complete a meaningful research or quality improvement project
    • Demonstrate professionalism and professional ethics in all activities
    • Participate in educational activities for pharmacy, nursing, medical, and other staff
    • Provide pharmacy staffing coverage

Have Questions?

Contact our Residency Program Director for more information or if you have questions.

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency