Pharmacy Residency Program

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center offers a Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency program, which is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).  Two positions are available.  PGY1 candidates must apply through the ASHP application and matching process.

The 12-month residency program begins with orientation during the last two weeks of June.  PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists 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 residency program has been successful in graduating its residents with the skills necessary to obtain positions at large academic medical centers, ambulatory care clinics, children’s hospitals, academic appointments, community hospitals and PGY2 residency positions.

Learning Experiences

Our PGY1 program provides the following required learning experiences (six weeks):

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine

In addition, the following longitudinal studies are also required:

  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Research Project
  • Teaching Certificate

Elective opportunities available as part of our PGY1 program include (four weeks):

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Oncology
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Cardiology
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Internal Medicine – Renal


During the 12-month program, our residents will receive a stipend estimated at $48,000 with standard benefits provided – health insurance, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage, retirement savings with up to 8% employer match, 80 hours of vacation pay and short-term illness accrual.  Optional benefits include dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account and long-term disability.  Outpatient Pharmacy and meal discounts are also provided to residents.

Our resident pharmacists work a flexible schedule with holiday and weekend rotation, plus they have an opportunity to attend one national professional meeting at no cost to them.

Application Process

Application deadline is January 1, 2019.

We use the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for all residency candidate applications.  Additional required materials include a photograph (head and shoulder) and an on-site interview.  Applicants must be licensed in Kentucky by October 15.  

For additional information, please review our Pharmacy Residency Manual.

For more information about the Pharmacy Department at EMH, check out our 2017 Annual Report.

Any additional questions about the residency program should be directed by contacting Tara Neitzel, PharmD, BCPS, the Residency Program Director, at or (859) 239-1717.

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