PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

The Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) residency program at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies. PAH’s PGY1 Residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and therefore is structured to maintain accreditation by following the standards set forth by ASHP. The residency program starts with hospital orientation in mid-late June.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Outcomes

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

As a Piedmont pharmacy resident, you will:

  1. Manage and enhance the medication-use process;
  2. Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams;
  3. Exercise leadership and practice management skills;
  4. Demonstrate project management capabilities;
  5. Provide medication and practice-related education and training to patients, hospital staff and students;
  6. Exhibit additional competencies that contribute to working successfully in the healthcare environment;
  7. 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 Learning Experiences/Rotations

  • Orientation (6-8 weeks)
  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Management & Leadership (4 weeks)
  • Precepting (3-4 weeks long, scheduled concurrently with required or elective rotations)

B. Required Longitudinal (Learning experiences lasting greater than three months)

  • Clinical Consult Service (11 months)
  • Staffing/Pharmacy Operations (~10 months)
  • Research Project (11-12 months)
  • Drug Policy & Medication Outcomes(~12 months)
    • MUE
    • Formulary monograph / therapeutic class review
    • Medication Safety
    • ADR Reporting
    • Piedmont Healthcare P&T Committee
    • Local and Piedmont Healthcare System P&T Committees
    • PAH Medication Management and Safety Committee
    • Other Committees

C. Electives (2-4 weeks)

  • Acute Care Neurology
  • Cardiac Critical Care
  • CV Surgical ICU
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Informatics
  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Teaching Certificate (Longitudinal – 12 months long))

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. All residents must be licensed in the state of Georgia within 90 days of starting the residency program.

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/virtual interview 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. 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.


Piedmont Atlanta PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Contact Information

Naadede Badger-Plange, Pharm.D, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Residency Program Director
Phone: 404-605-2632

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