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Pharmacy Residency Program

Altru is excited to introduce its first PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program! The PGY1 residency program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

As a new residency program, residents will have a unique opportunity to help shape the program to continue to support and train residents for years to come. Residents will have a closer look at the accreditation process and how a new residency program is started. 

Another opportunity for residents involves Altru moving over to a brand new, state of the art hospital in early 2025. Residents will be able to practice in a hospital specially designed to provide the increasing care needs for those in the region. It is also the chance to work with the pharmacy on process improvements, procedure development, and facility needs that follow working in a new building. 

Accreditation status

As with any new program, Altru Health System’s PGY1 Program starts off as a non-accredited program. We have received our approval for pre-candidate status from ASHP, which allows us to participate in the match process. Once the first resident(s) start, we will apply for candidate status with ASHP. This indicates to ASHP that they will come survey and assess Altru Health System for Accreditation. Once accredited, our initial residents will then receive a certificate of completion with the new accredited status.

  • Salary
    • $56,000
  • Vacation, Holiday and Sick Leave
    • Residents are awarded 20 days of Allowed (paid) Time Away at the start of the residency program. These days include personal, professional, and sick time.
    • Altru recognizes six holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, and Memorial Day). Residents may be required to staff scheduled holidays (up to one major and one minor holiday). 
  • Professional Meetings
    • Residents are supported to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and North Star Pharmacy Residents Conference. Funding is provided for approved travel expenses, such as airfare, hotel, registration and per diem. Residency program and pharmacy leadership consider additional professional travel requests on a case-by-case basis.
  • Insurance Benefits
    • Residents are eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance through their employment at Altru.

Begin your experience with a comprehensive 7-week orientation that includes:

  • New hire orientation
  • Electronic health record (EHR) system training
  • Introduction to PharmAcademic
  • Introduction to residency program manual and purpose
  • Pharmacy processes and decentralized services
  • Pharmacist competency completion and review

Build foundation skills during your required rotations:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Management

*Required rotations are 5-7 weeks in length

Tailor your residency to your own interests by selecting elective rotations in:

  • Anticoagulant Clinic
  • Critical Care II
  • Infectious Disease II
  • Oncology
  • Specialty/Home Infusion
  • Surgery

*Elective rotations are 5 weeks in length

Complete ongoing learning experiences throughout the residency:

  • Drug Information
  • Education and Precepting
  • Research
  • Staffing (8 hour shifts; Friday evening and weekend every third week)

Apply your skills as a practicing pharmacist during regular shifts with Altru’s inpatient pharmacy. You will work:

  • Every third Friday afternoon and weekend
  • Variety of shifts including clinical, IV room, and order entry
  • Moonlighting will also be available within Altru once licensed

Applications for two residency positions are currently being accepted. Qualifications for candidacy are a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and licensure or eligibility for licensure in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Qualifications and requirements for candidacy:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of North Dakota and Minnesota
  • Participation in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (“The Match”)
  • A copy of transcripts: Undergraduate or non-pharmacy transcripts are not required. Only pharmacy school-related coursework must be submitted.
  • Three professional references using the Standardized Reference Template in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent describing reasons for seeking residency and reasons for pursuing residency at Altru
  • Completed application submitted in PhORCAS - See PhORCAS for due date

For additional information, please contact:
Sage Voglewede, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Altru Health System | P.O. Box 6002 | Grand Forks, ND 58206-6002

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