At Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, we are committed to providing an environment with advanced education and training experiences. The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy education and challenges each resident to realize his or her maximum potential.
Pharmacy residents will gain advanced knowledge and experience in:
- Clinical, evidence-based decision making in a variety of specialties and patient populations
- Being an effective part of an interdisciplinary team
- Leadership, teaching, and precepting
- Administration and the intricate workings of hospital committees, such as
- Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T)
- Medication Safety
- Innovative technology and new pharmacy initiatives
Our dedicated preceptors and well-rounded program structure support pharmacy residents in achieving professional competence in delivering patient-centered care.
Pharmacy residents complete 12 months of learning experience rotations including both core required rotations and an elective rotation. The goals, objectives, and learning activities for each rotation are developed by preceptors and the Residency Program Director and expectations are shared with the resident before the start of each rotation.
- Neonatal ICU
- Infectious disease
- Critical care
- Internal medicine
- Emergency department
- Research project
- Medication safety
- Professional services
- Transitions of care
- Investigational drugs
- Other: Additional rotation experiences such as pediatrics may be offered at affiliated institutions or developed onsite to meet specific interests of the resident.
Compensation and benefits
The appointment period is 12 months from July 1st through June 30th. The most recent salary information for the Pharmacy Resident position can be found at the ASHP Residency Listing for PSJMC.
The Pharmacy Resident is a full-time position and qualifies for Providence employee benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as paid vacation time. Providence offers life insurance, retirement plans, and other employee discount programs.
Residents also receive their own work area, hospital phone extension, travel and registration reimbursement for residency related conferences
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program conducted by Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California, is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).
- The residency program was established in 2009.
- Number of resident positions per year: 1
- ASHP program code = 92015
Programs and services
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) is the second largest hospital serving the San Fernando Valley communities. It is an acute care, not-for-profit community hospital offering state-of-the-art technology and high quality, compassionate care in a variety of medical specialties.
PSJMC offers inpatient and outpatient care, including Oncology, Women’s Services, Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Surgery, and Emergency Department/STEMI receiving center. Unique services include an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, the Robotic Telestroke Program, the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, the Bariatric Wellness Center, and Certified Thrombolytic Capable Stroke Center.
Living the mission
At Providence Health & Services, we’re inspired by the spirit of our founders. Providence caregivers share a deep, personal calling to achieve the highest standards of professional excellence and compassionate care. It’s our mission to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.
The following are required of Pharmacy Residency Applicants:
- Graduates or candidates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
- The applicant must qualify for licensure and, if accepted, become licensed to practice in the state of California by September 30 of the residency year.
How to apply
PSJMC participates in the ASHP Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) program and the ASHP Matching Program. Applicants must submit their application materials through PhORCAS, including:
- A Letter of intent
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic transcripts
- Three reference recommendations (at least one from an employer is preferred)
Applicants offered an interview will be notified by the Residency Program Director. On-site interviews are conducted between the end of January through the beginning of March.
Michelle Godinez, Pharm.D.
(PGY1 Resident, 2009-2010):
“As the pioneer resident at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center I was encouraged to use my clinical knowledge and creativity in paving the way for a program that, in my personal opinion, has turned out to be a fantastic one. My most fond memory while there was establishing and nurturing professional and personal relationships with all of my preceptors who were key in my success as a resident and now as a clinical pharmacist. I can sincerely say that Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has a special place in my heart.”
Joana Co, Pharm.D.
(PGY1 Resident, 2011-2012):
“My residency at St. Joe’s taught me that compassion is as important as any clinical knowledge gained. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my preceptors as well as other staff and felt at home right way. I still strive to be a well-rounded pharmacist, inspired by my preceptors and other staff.”
Armine Melkomian, Pharm.D.
(PGY1 Resident, 2012-2013):
“The acute care residency program at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center consists of a comprehensive curriculum. The program gave me the opportunity as a new graduate to work in many settings such as neonatal and adult intensive care units. I strongly believe I chose the right residency program, because I felt prepared as a clinical pharmacist, while having the opportunity to work with experienced, professional, and hard-working pharmacists.”
Have more questions about our program?
For more information about our PGY1 Residency Program, please contact:
Laura Condra, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, Clinical Coordinator
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
501 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our program.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.