PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency

The Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Pharmacy Residency concentrates on the development of clinical practice skills. The PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency is an intense twelve-month program designed to expand clinical expertise through multidisciplinary practice and continued development of individual clinical skills. The resident will refine clinical judgment that is rooted in evidence-based medicine and applied across a wide spectrum of areas within Internal Medicine. 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.

PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency Overview

The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program Structure includes 8 required core rotations, each 1 month long:

  • Internal medicine (4)
  • Critical care
  • Antimicrobial stewardship-Adult infectious diseases
  • Ambulatory care
  • Orientation
  • Research/quality improvement project

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

  • Emergency medicine
  • Academia
  • Oncology consult service
  • Pediatrics

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Resident research project
  • Drug information
  • Pharmacy staffing
  • Warfarin management
  • Management and leadership
  • Teaching certificate (if not completed in PGY1)
  • Research Project
    • Resident will be provided a list of research topics to choose from during orientation. The resident will develop a protocol, submit to the Institutional Review Board, and once approved, the resident will collect data, present their research at TSHP Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference, and complete a publishable manuscript. The resident will work under the mentorship of a preceptor to enhance the resident’s skills in study design, data collection, data analysis and results reporting. The resident will also present a poster at the annual LSHP meeting.
  • Continuing Education Presentations
    • Resident will present one 60-minute formal continuing education presentation during their resident year for the pharmacy department and state pharmacy association.
  • Case Presentation
    • Resident will present a 30-minute formal case presentation in the fall of their resident year for the pharmacy department.
  • Journal Club
    • Resident will present three journal clubs per year to the pharmacy department.
  • Teaching Opportunities (optional)
    • Based on availability and resident interest, the resident may present lectures or facilitate active learning activities with medical or allied health students, medical residents, or nurses.
  • Staffing
    • Resident will work every third weekend alternating between IV room and clinical responsibilities. Clinical days involve review and management of pharmacokinetics for patients on vancomycin and aminoglycosides, renal dosing, and anticoagulation monitoring. The resident also works one 4-hour evening shift (4:00pm - 8:00pm) per week in an order verification role.

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

  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited or ASHP-candidate status PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.
  • 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 PGY2 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 with a focus on internal medicine patients
  • 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?

For more information or to contact our Residency Program Director with questions, email us.