PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The opportunities for training in the first year residency program are limitless, as Grady offers a diverse teaching environment that supports a multi-disciplinary approach to care. We are excited about what the program has to offer and are seeking residents who are equally committed and excited about this next step in their professional development. The primary goal of the PGY-1 pharmacy residency is to partner with the resident to develop the clinical knowledge and skills that will ensure future success in either a specialty residency or clinical practice as well as Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. Acute care experiences consist of active participation in medical team based services with established clinical pharmacy services. Experiences in ambulatory care involve participation in general and specialty clinics with established clinical pharmacy services and protocols. Numerous teaching opportunities are available including two ACPE-accredited presentations, noon conference lectures for medical residents, student precepting, and a teaching program via Mercer University College of Pharmacy.

Learning experiences which are available for the PGY-1 pharmacy resident include:

Required Experiences

Orientation (June-July)

  • Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
  • ACLS/BLS training
  • Pharmacy Operations Training

Critical Care

  • Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit

Emergency Medicine

Internal Medicine

Infectious Diseases

  • HIV Inpatient Service
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • ID Consult Service

Ambulatory Care
Drug Information / Medication Use (Longitudinal)
Anticoagulation Bridging Clinic (Longitudinal)
24 Hour In-house On-call Program (Longitudinal)
Project (Longitudinal and December)


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Elective Experiences* (4 months)

Neuroscience ICU
Burn ICU
HIV Outpatient Clinic
Any required rotation

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On Site Ambulatory Clinics

4 Adult Medicine Clinics
Anticoagulation Clinic
Heart Failure Clinic
Lipid Clinic
Diabetes Clinic
HIV Clinic
Hepatitis C Clinic
Oncology Clinic

*No more than 1/3 of residency in a specific practice area per ASHP Accreditation Standards

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To apply to the PGY-1 Pharmacy residency, application materials must be submitted by January 1.

Grady participates in the PhORCAS online residency application process. For more information please see

Requirements for application to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program:

General Requirements

  1. Either:
    1. Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy OR
    2. anticipated graduation with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy AND evidence of good academic standing
  2. Personal and leadership qualifications for successful completion of a residency program
  3. Eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia, preferably eligibility for the early June Georgia licensure examination.

Specific Requirements (deadlines)

The following must be submitted by January 1:

  1. A Letter of Interest stating why the applicant desires a residency at Grady Health System
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (include completed and anticipated rotations)
  3. Official pharmacy school transcripts
  4. Four (4) references completed on the PhORCAS Recommendation Form.
    1. Two recommendations must be from clinical preceptors of the applicant during a clinical rotation
    2. One recommendation must be from a recent supervisor or advisor (or similar)
    3. The fourth recommendation is of the candidate’s choice
    4. Answer the following questions and upload to PhORCAS – Please limit responses to 2 ½ pages total.
      1. Please list the top 3 reasons that the residency program at Grady is of interest to you.
      2. Briefly describe a typical day on a previous clinical rotation. Please include average patient load.
      3. Describe anything you’ve done above and beyond what’s required in pharmacy school.
      4. Briefly define the role of a clinical pharmacist.
      5. Briefly describe your exposure to pharmacy residents.
      6. Have you been involved in research projects during pharmacy school? If so, what was your role?
      7. How many weeks long were your P4 rotations?
      8. Please state your date of graduation from Pharmacy School.

Representatives will be available at the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting Residency Showcase in December. On-site interviews will be scheduled in February. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Michael Knauss, Director of the PGY-1 Pharmacy residency at (404) 616-0420 or e-mail [email protected].

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