Pharmacy Practice Residency

Pharmacists completing the post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency experience will be competent practitioners able to provide direct patient care in a broad range of both inpatient and outpatient clinical practice settings at a level beyond that of a practitioner without postgraduate training. They will be skilled in educating other health care professionals, students, and patients, and will exemplify professionalism both in philosophy and by example. These pharmacists will also integrate their knowledge of drug delivery and patient care to ensure a medication use system that is safe, efficient, and cost effective.

The PGY1 residency program is a 12 month learning experience with 10 positions available per year.

Available rotations:

Residents complete 12 four-week rotations and a 6-week orientation rotation beginning in mid-June.

Three rotations in adult medicine:

  • General Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Family Medicine

Two rotations in critical care:

  • Medical ICU
  • Surgical ICU

One rotation each in the following areas:

  • Drug Information
  • Practice Management

One rotation in an ambulatory care clinic:

  • Hemodialysis
  • Heme/Onc
  • Internal Medicine
  • HIV

Four elective rotations:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospitalist Service
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease Consult
  • Inpatient Anticoagulation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Nephrology/Neuro ICU
  • Nutrition
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Pharmacy IT/Outcomes
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Transition of Care
  • Or may repeat any required inpatient or clinic rotation

Additional activities:

  • Design and complete a medication use evaluation
  • Design and complete a residency project
  • Present continuing education seminar to the pharmacy staff
  • Present journal clubs and other presentations to students and pharmacy staff
  • Participate in Code Blue coverage
  • Participate in the pharmacy resident on-call program
  • Participate in staffing and clinical pharmacy services every third weekend
  • Participate in precepting pharmacy students
  • Participate in an annual Residency Trip
  • Attend and present at the ASHP Midyear meeting and Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • An optional teaching certificate program is available in collaboration with Wayne State University
  • An optional clinical teaching track is available to all residents

Residents receive a competitive stipend and benefits including health insurance, sick and professional leave, free parking, and professional travel reimbursement.

Application information:

  • PharmD from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • Application documents submitted by January 1st through the PHORCAS System
    • Letter of intent/personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcripts from pharmacy school (undergraduate transcripts not required)
    • Three professional references
  • On-site interview
  • Available to begin program in mid-June
  • Eligible for Pharmacy Licensure in the state of Michigan
  • All HFH pharmacy residencies participate in the ASHP matching program

Program director

James S. Kalus, PharmD, BCPS (AQ CV), FASHP
Pharmacy Administration
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 916-7755
Fax: (313) 916-1302
Email: jkalus1@hfhs.org