Residency Frequently-Asked Questions

What is a Residency?

A residency is a post-graduate experience that includes a PGYI (1 year experience) or a PGY2 (2 years of experience). Completing a residency allows pharmacy graduates the opportunity to enhance their pharmacy practice experiences and prepares them for more advanced positions, including clinical or faculty positions. Most PGY1 experiences include general training, while PGY2 experiences include more specialized training in a specific area of pharmacy.

Want to learn more about the benefits of completing a residency?

The ASHP website has a brochure for more information and residency training videos.

Want to know where to locate the many accredited residencies?

The ASHP website has an Online Residency Directory where you can find where accredited residencies are located.

Interested in community residencies?

The APhA website has a Community Residency Locator to find where community residencies are located.

ASHP and APhA have a lot of information on their websites for potential residents. Each of these websites would be a great place to start when thinking about completing a residency or if you are in the process of completing a residency. In addition, So you want to do a Residency? is a document created by University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Graduates and updated by the University of Iowa Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. This is a comprehensive document with tips for those who are thinking about completing a residency.

If you still need more tips for the residency process, these tips should help you along the way.

The ASHP website also offers a Residency Checklist to help guide you through the process your fourth year.

Lastly, the University of Iowa Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists hosts a residency night on campus each fall. This event includes information about residencies and has an opportunity to ask questions and speak with current residents in Iowa from a variety of practice settings.