PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Piedmont prides itself in developing future clinical pharmacists in an enriching and educational environment. Upon completion of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program, residents will be able to provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management for a diverse patient population. Residents grow exponentially in their clinical skills, teaching, research, pharmacy operations and medication use policy and evaluation.  They will collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, and utilize medical informatics to improve and optimize the medication use process.


PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Outcomes

Piedmont Atlanta's PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences essential for the development of a well-rounded, competent clinical pharmacist.

As a Piedmont pharmacy resident, you will:

  • Manage and enhance the medication-use process;
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams;
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills;
  • Demonstrate project management capabilities;
  • Provide medication and practice-related education and training to patients, hospital staff and students;
  • Utilize medical informatics
  • Exhibit additional competencies that contribute to working successfully in the healthcare environment;
  • Develop teaching skills by participating in precepting of pharmacy students..

Piedmont Atlanta's PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program also provides opportunities for general training in all areas of practice. Residents will work closely with preceptors, highly qualified pharmacists, physicians and other allied healthcare professionals.

Program Curriculum and Rotations

A. Required Rotations

  1. Orientation
  2. Pharmacokinetics/Infectious Diseases
  3. Nutrition Support
  4. Cardiology
  5. Critical Care Medicine
  6. Internal Medicine
  7. Pharmacy Practice Management
  8. Concentrated Research (December)
  9. Emergency Medicine


B. Required Longitudinal (Rotations lasting greater than three months)

  1. Clinical Consult Service (including Call)
  2. Staffing/Pharmacy Operations
  3. Research Project
  4. Drug Policy & Medication Outcomes
    • MUE
    • Medication Safety
    • ADR Reporting
    • Staff Development
    • Local and Piedmont Healthcare System P&T Committees
    • Pharmacy Directors and Pharmacy Clinical Managers’ and Clinical Coordinator’s Meeting
    • Nursing/Pharmacy Committee

C. Electives

  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Advanced Infectious Diseases
  • CV Surgical ICU
  • Healthcare Informatics


PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Criteria

  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Georgia
  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree is required
  • Current registration with ASHP Matching Program
  • Clear criminal background check
  • Clear health screen

Note: All residents are encouraged to sit for the Georgia Board of Pharmacy exams by mid-June and be licensed in the state of Georgia by September of their residency year.


Submission of Application Materials

  • All applicants must register with Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS) and complete the application process. You will be asked to provide the following:
    • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Letter of intent
    • Official pharmacy school transcripts
    • Three professional references
      A minimum of two references must be from individuals able to speak to clinical problem solving in direct patient care experiences.
  • An in-person interview at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital is required

All applications are due by January 5 of the year you wish to begin the program.

**Please note that the residency start date will begin with hospital orientation in mid-late June.

Residents must have legal clearance to work in the U.S., whether through citizenship, permanent resident status or a work VISA extending through the end of the residency program.  Piedmont is not able to sponsor VISA applications for pharmacy residents.

Download the Pharmacy Residency Requirements guide.


Frequently Asked Questions

Download the FAQ sheet for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.


Dedicated Preceptors

Download the Preceptor and Past Resident Information Sheet for more information about preceptors and past residents at Piedmont.


Piedmont Atlanta PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Contact Information

Kim Butler, Pharm.D., Manager of Clinical Pharmacy and Residency Program Director 
Phone: (404) 605-2205
E-mail: kim.butler@piedmont.org