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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is an ASHP-accredited, one-year postgraduate training program.

2019 PGY1

Program Purpose and Goals 

The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is to build on 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 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The goals of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency are to:

  • Develop highly-skilled clinical pharmacists ready to practice in an acute care setting
  • Cultivate teaching and precepting skills
  • Prepare residents for PGY2 specialty residency programs or other post-graduate training

About Our Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency takes place at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center campus, an 1000+-bed, academic, tertiary care medical center, located within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. Within the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center campus are Children's Memorial Hermann Pediatrics Hospital, the Texas Trauma Institute, the Heart & Vascular Institute, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, and the Ironman® Sports Medicine Institute. The campus is also home to a Burn Center, Cancer Center, a pharmacist-operated Medication Therapy and Wellness Clinic and Solid-Organ Transplant Center. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is one of the busiest Level I Trauma Centers in the country, providing Level I trauma care for both adult and pediatric patients, and is home to Memorial Hermann Life Flight®. Our campus is full of growth with our new addition, the Sarofim Pavilion, which opened this year!

Our dynamic program is continuously evolving to meet the needs of our current and future residents. Residents will work closely with a mentor throughout the year to help them individualize the residency program to achieve their personal goals. Our preceptors work to foster independence and autonomy, while still dedicating a significant amount of one-on-one teaching time. Residents participate in a longitudinal professional development program, and comprehensive wellness-focused development program which helps achieve growth personally and professionally. Residents have the opportunity to mentor pharmacy students who are participating in our Longitudinal Clinical Experiential Program and to complete a Teaching Certificate Program offered in conjunction with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

Residents will find that they quickly become an integral part of the medical team. They will work closely with medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians from the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth to provide care to a diverse patient population with a high acuity of illness. Additionally, residents gain experience responding to medical emergencies by becoming ACLS certified and participating on the Code Blue team.

Rotations and Experiences

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents will be exposed to a broad range of experiences and activities intended to build the skills necessary to practice as a clinical pharmacist in an acute care setting. Residents are required to complete at least one rotation in each of the following areas:

Required Areas and Rotation Options

  • Ambulatory Care
    • Hematology / Oncology Clinic
    • Medication Therapy & Wellness Clinic
  • Cardiovascular
    • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
    • Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Neuroscience Intensive Care
    • Shock-Trauma Intensive Care
    • Transplant Surgical Intensive Care
  • General Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Family Medicine
  • Medicine-Specialty
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Solid-Organ Transplant (Abdominal)
    • Stroke
    • Cardiothoracic Transplant/Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Pediatrics
    • General Pediatrics
    • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Practice Management
    • Pharmacy Administration

Elective Rotation Options

Residents can further tailor their residency experience towards their interests by completing 3 elective rotations.

  • Any Rotation Listed Above
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatric Intensive Care

Other Experiences

Residents will gain additional experiences necessary to be a successful clinical pharmacist through completion of several additional activities throughout the year. Residents work every 3rd weekend, alternating between staffing as a decentralized clinical pharmacist and providing clinical weekend coverage.

  • Drug Information
    • Drug Monograph
    • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Education
    • Journal Club
    • Seminar Presentation (ACPE-accredited)
    • Short Topic Presentation 
    • Teaching Certificate
  • Pharmacy Operations
    • Weekend Coverage (every 3rd)
      • Alternates between staffing as a decentralized clinical pharmacist and providing clinical weekend coverage
    • One weeknight evening staffing shift per week with every 6th week off
    • Clinical On-Call (6 weeks/year)
    • Code Team
  • Major Project
    • Research Project
    • Residency Conference Platform Presentation
    • Manuscript
  • Quality Improvement Project
    • Group project with co-residents
    • Poster Presentation
  • Resident Involvement Opportunities
    • Committee involvement
    • Professional development seminars/workshops
    • Formal mentorship of one of the students in our longitudinal APPE program
    • Opportunity to apply for chief resident


Dedicated pharmacy resident office space with personal laptop computer, SpectraLink mobile hospital phone, and pager






10 days plus 7 holidays (Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day)

Each Resident will work 1-2 of the major holidays listed above


Financial support is offered to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the ALCALDE Regional Residency Conference.

Health Insurance:

Health, dental and vision plans are available


Texas has no state income tax

ASHP Midyear Information

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency will be at the Virtual Residency Showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Please connect with us to learn more about our residency opportunities.

Application Requirements

  • A strong academic record and demonstrate a desire for professional accomplishment.
  • Graduated from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree by the start of the residency year (July 1st annually).
  • Eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in Texas
    • See the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website for licensure requirements.
    • All residents MUST be licensed within 90 days of the residency start date.
  • Registered with PhORCAS and the ASHP Residency Matching Program.

Application Process

  • To apply for this program, you must submit the following through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):
    • Letter of Intent
      • Should be 1 to 2 pages, using a 12-point font and 1 inch margins.
      • The letter of intent is your chance to tell us who you are and to highlight the unique skills and experiences which set you apart from other residency candidates. We would like to know what your motivation is for doing a residency and what you are expecting to get out of a residency. What can you bring to our institution and how do you plan to contribute to the care of our patients? What areas of practice interest you, and what are your goals after you complete a PGY1 residency?
    • Curriculum Vitae
      • Please include a list of all completed and anticipated APPE rotations, along with a brief description of the setting and activities performed on each completed APPE rotation.
      • Please provide contact information (either a phone number or email address) for the primary preceptor of each completed APPE rotation.
    • Three Letters of Reference
      • Only the PhORCAS standardized reference form is required.
      • Reference letters should be written by APPE rotation preceptors. Letters from clinical APPE rotation preceptors are preferred, followed by advanced hospital, administrative, academic, and then advanced community APPE rotation preceptors.
      • Please provide the following informational letter to each recommendation writer: click here.
    • College of Pharmacy Transcripts
      • Should be submitted directly to PhORCAS
  • The program listing in PhORCAS and the National Matching Service is: MEMORIAL HERMANN/TEXAS MED CTR; NMS Code #127213
    • Please note, there are 4 different PGY1 residency programs available within the Memorial Hermann Health System. A separate application must be submitted to each residency program that a candidate desires to apply to.
  • Application deadline is December 24th

Applicants considered for a position may be invited to participate in a short video conference interview as part of the application process. Following this, selected applicants will be invited for an on-site interview at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center during January or February. Applicants will be given a tour of the facilities and will have a chance to meet with the Residency Program Director and Coordinators, preceptors, and current pharmacy residents. At this time, we are weighing options for the interview season and have not yet determined if interviews will be on-site or virtual.

Memorial Hermann recognizes the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle as well as the special duty to maintain and promote a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors, physicians, and employees. In an effort to further this goal, Memorial Hermann will no longer hire individuals who use tobacco products in any form.


For further information, contact: 

Brittany Pelsue

Brittany Pelsue, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency for Class of 2019-2020
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Phone: (713) 704-3540

Jennifer Cortes

Jennifer Cortes, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
Program Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Phone: (713) 704-6226