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 many resources for exploring residency opportunities.

Want to know where to locate the many accredited residencies?

Checkout the ASHP Residency Program Directory and the APhA Residency Program Directory where you can find where accredited residencies are located.

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.