PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Providence Alaska Medical Center

Residency Program Mission

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for post graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • The Providence Alaska Medical Center Residency Goals are as follows:
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
  • Optimize outcomes by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate competency in medication order review and central pharmacy operations.
  • Supervise and coordinate pharmacy technical staff.
  • Work independently in various pharmacy service areas.
  • Contribute to improvement of medication use, medication use systems and pharmacy services.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the training and education of health care professionals.
  • Sustain ongoing personal development of expertise and professionalism in pharmacy practice.

The resident will demonstrate competencies in four core areas:

  • Patient Care
  • Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching, Education and Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Resident Evaluation

Two-way verbal exchange regarding progress will occur regularly, at minimum weekly, during rotations. Formative evaluation will occur during experiences and summative at the end of each block learning experience or quarterly for longitudinal experiences. Residents will self-evaluate periodically throughout the residency. Residents will evaluate preceptors and learning experiences formally at the end of each learning experience.


PGY1: $52,050 per year

Benefits will begin on the first day of employment and include:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Long Term Disability
  • Company-Paid Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance for employee, spouse, and/or children
  • Supplemental Accidental Death & dismemberment
  • Dependent Life and Accidental Death &Dismemberment Insurance for spouse and/or children
  • Healthcare Reimbursement
  • Dependent Care FSA (for work-related child- or elder-care expenses
  • 403B retirement Program
  • Meeting support for ASHP Midyear and Northwestern States Residency Conference

Residents have 24 days of paid time off and 13 professional leave days. Residents work 1 major holiday and 2 minor holidays with others off.

Learning Experience Descriptions

Orientation (REQUIRED)

Preceptors: Ballard K Saul, Pharm.D., BCPS

Residents are introduced to and perform a variety of activities within the PAMC Inpatient Pharmacy and Medical Center. General orientation occurs over the first four weeks of the residency and consists of all aspects of new Pharmacist orientation. Three additional weeks are spent in the Central Pharmacy and critical care satellite learning medication safety, order verification, medication dispensing and checking operations technology, communication systems and processes. Weekend clinical orientation includes several weekends training on Medicine/Surgery and PCU services. Decentralized Clinical preceptors vary depending on service area.

Internal Medicine/Surgery (REQUIRED)

Preceptors: Mariah Cadavos, Pharm.D., BCPS, Taylor Goree, Pharm.D., BCPS

The resident rounds with the Hospitalists and serves general surgery patients on the hospitalist service.

Family Practice(REQUIRED)

Preceptor: Ashley Zimin, Pharm.D.

The resident rounds with the Family Practice Medical Resident Team and provides pharmaceutical care to these patients.

Progressive Care (REQUIRED)

Preceptor: Leah Twohy, Pharm.D.

An experience on the Progressive Care Unit with cardiovascular, intermediate care, nephrology, and neurology components.

Critical Care (REQUIRED and ELECTIVE)

Preceptors: Corrie Black, Pharm.D., BCPS, Stuart Burke, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Critical Care is an experience with pharmacists covering the Adult Intensive Care Units. Rounding occurs daily with the Intensivists. The resident will respond to Codes during the rotation. Completion of ACLS is a prerequisite.

Pediatrics (REQUIRED)

Preceptor: Nicole Phillips, Pharm.D.

Pediatrics is an experience in the General Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care units serving patients from one week of age through adolescence. Residents round with the Intensivist and Pediatric Practice Teams.

Antimicrobial Stewardship (REQUIRED)

Preceptor: Shawna King, Pharm.D., BCPS

The resident supports antimicrobial stewardship endeavors of the hospital through dedicated learning, discussions with the AMS pharmacist, and providing patient care on other learning experiences.

Infectious Disease ( ELECTIVE)

Preceptor: Shawna King, Pharm.D., BCPS, Ben Westley, M.D.

The resident rounds with the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist and an infectious disease physician. Review of drug therapy, recommendations to physicians, and pharmacokinetic and drug information consultations are components.

Emergency Department (REQUIRED and ELECTIVE)

Preceptor: Carlo Balmes, Pharm.D., BCPS,

The resident provides pharmaceutical care to selected patients admitted to the Emergency Department and those awaiting hospital admission. The resident also works with medication history technicians in transition of care activities and attends codes and traumas in the emergency room.

Ambulatory Care (REQUIRED and ELECTIVE)

Preceptor: Emily Thomas, Pharm.D., BCPS

During this rotation the resident works with pharmacists who are license providers at Providence Medical Group Alaska and Providence Family Medicine Clinic. Resident will practice in the Patient Centered Medical Home Model and manage a variety of chronic disease states in the ambulatory care setting.

Operational and Clinical Staffing (REQUIRED, Longitudinal)

Central Pharmacy Preceptors: Brian Haviland, Pharm.D.

The longitudinal learning experience encompasses Central and Decentralized Clinical Pharmacy services. The resident is scheduled in the Central Pharmacy for four weeks of training at the beginning of the residency year. Approximately every other weekend the resident provides services independently rotating in the following areas: Central Pharmacy, Medicine/Surgery or Progressive Care Unit.

Teaching Certificate (REQUIRED, Longitudinal)

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy ACPE-accredited Teaching and Learning modules are used for the teaching certification. In the comprehensive 23 CPE credit activity (additional 3.5 hours optional) residents will learn the concepts of teaching and learning as it relates to classroom, discussion group, and experiential learning. A Practice-based Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those who complete all 4 modules.

Pharmacy Practice Management, Teaching, and Leadership (REQUIRED, Longitudinal)

Preceptors: Ballard K. Saul, Pharm.D., BCPS

During this longitudinal experience objectives will be completed through weekly staff and clinical meetings, assignment of resident projects, participation in interdisciplinary activities, P&T committee meetings, group discussions and teaching activities including didactic lectures and precepting.

Residency Project (REQUIRED, Longitudinal)

The residents work with a preceptor to identify a project, develop and submit a protocol to the IRB, collect and analyze data, develop and present a poster, develop and present a platform presentation, and draft a manuscript.

Informatics and Technology (ELECTIVE)

Preceptor: James Fischer, Pharm.D.

An elective rotation with an informatics pharmacist working on projects related to the electronic medical record and technology implementation and optimization.

Oncology (ELECTIVE)

Preceptors: Katie Kammers, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP, Tarah Hibbs, Pharm.D., BCOP

An elective rotation during which the resident is responsible for providing comprehensive pharmacy services to oncology patients, both adult and pediatric.

Neonatology (ELECTIVE)

Preceptor: Carrie Stanfield, Pharm.D.

Neonatology is an elective in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Interdisciplinary rounds are attended daily. Pharmacists manage neonatal abstinence syndrome and antibiotic therapy among the pharmaceutical care services provided.

Pharmacy Operational and Clinical Management (ELECTIVE)

Preceptors: Ballard K. Saul, Pharm.D., BCPS, Karen Thompson, Pharm.D., BCSCP

A four-week elective experience working with the clinical manager and/or the operations Manager and the Medication Safety Officer/IV Additive Service Supervisor participating in clinical or operational management activities.

Staffing Responsibilities

In order for the resident to adequately gain the understanding and confidence necessary to provide pharmaceutical care, it is necessary that the resident spend some time staffing. This consists of approximately every fourth weekend in operational area. A resident should be competent to staff independently by October 1.

Application Requirements

To be eligible for a Providence Alaska Medical Center Pharmacy Residency, applicants must submit the following via PhORCAS:

  • A letter stating why you are interested in doing a residency at Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript (pharmacy)
  • Three references via the Standardized Reference Form Available in PhORCAS. If you have worked in a hospital and/or or community pharmacy, please include a minimum of one reference from each supervisor at those institutions. Also include at least one reference from an acute care clinical rotation preceptor.

Application deadline: January 2, 2024

We participate in the ASHP matching program. The ASHP website has information regarding the process ( Our Residency Matching Program Code number is:135413If you are invited for an interview, a brief presentation (20 minutes plus 10 minutes of Q&A) on a subject of your choice is required during your interview.

Contact Information

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.

Ballard K. Saul, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Manager
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Providence Alaska Medical Center
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

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