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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.

Program Goals

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is designed 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 856-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 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, and Solid-Organ Transplant Center. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is the largest Level I Trauma Center in the Greater Houston area and is also home to Memorial Hermann Life Flight®.

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 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 University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School 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
    • Heart Failure
  • Critical Care
    • Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Neuroscience Intensive Care
    • Shock-Trauma Intensive Care
  • General Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Kidney Transplant
  • Medicine-Specialty
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Stroke
  • Pediatrics
  • General Pediatrics
    • Neonatal Intensive Care
    • Pediatric Intensive Care
    • Practice Management
  • Pharmacy Administration

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

Elective Rotation Options

  • Any Rotation Listed Above
  • Cardiac Transplant / Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Liver Transplant / Hepatology
  • Pain Management

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.

Other Experiences

  • Drug Information
    • Drug Monograph
    • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Education
    • Case Presentation
    • Journal Club
    • PGY1 Lecture Series
    • Seminar Presentation (ACPE-accredited)
    • Short Topic Presentation
    • Teaching Certificate
  • Pharmacy Operations
    • Clinical Pharmacist Staffing
    • Clinical Weekends
    • Clinical On-Call
    • Code Team
  • Research
    • Research Project
    • Residency Conference Presentation
    • Manuscript



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






10 days plus 6 holidays (Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day)


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 Residency Showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Please stop by and visit 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).
  • Entry-level knowledge and skills equivalent to that which would be expected of a recent doctor of pharmacy or other appropriate advanced degree candidate.
  • 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 January 2nd

Applicants considered for a position will be invited to participate in a short video conference interview. 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.

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: 

Brian Gulbis

Brian E. Gulbis, Pharm.D., BCPS 
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Phone: (713) 704-4773 

Jennifer Cortes

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

Phone: (713) 704-6226 

Adam Sieg

Adam Sieg, Pharm.D., BCPS 
Program Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Phone: (713) 704-0377