Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program
The pharmacy residency program at Virginia Mason, an integrated health care system, is an accredited PGY1 program with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is designed to provide pharmacists with clinical and administrative expertise in all aspects of pharmacy practice. Four to six week required rotations, elective rotations, and longitudinal experiences provide structure and guidance, but also flexibility to individualize training in a progressive pharmacy practice environment. Learning objectives will be provided at the beginning of each rotation, tailored to the individual needs of the resident.
Pharmacy residents will receive training in the required areas listed below:
Progressive Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Renal transplant (Acute and Ambulatory)
Required rotations may be repeated with a different set of goals and objectives as an elective rotation. Other electives may be available as well.
Longitudinal Experiences Include:
Each resident is expected to complete at least two major projects in conjunction with department and/or medical center priorities. Projects will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, regional residency conference and local meetings.
Leadership and Pharmacy Management
The program provides ample opportunity for professional development, leadership and management training.
Residents will be engaged in various activities (longitudinal, concentrated or rotation) that support the organization's commitment to putting the patient first and to delivering the best possible care.
Residents serve as preceptors for pharmacy students, provide monthly education sessions for staff, and have the opportunity to provide in-services. In addition, teaching opportunities may become available through the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.
Residents are required to staff every other weekend. Residents are required to staff some holidays.
Applications are due via PhORCAS by December 30th at 23:59. In addition to the required materials outlined in PhORCAS, applicants will need to complete two essay responses. See below. Note: letter of intent must be no more than one page in length.
As part of your Virginia Mason PGY1 residency application please submit, via Phorcas, two essay responses. Each response should be no more than 250 words in length, contained in one document and answer the following questions.
Please provide us with a drug information question that you have researched this year. Please limit to less than 500 words, include references and be sure to include your conclusion or recommendation.
Tell us about a time when you felt like you directly impacted care for a patient and felt like you made a difference.
To be eligible for on-site interview, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
Doctor of Pharmacy degree (or expected) from ACPE-accredited program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation)
Foreign graduates must have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Program must have been a minimum of 5 years.
No significant, unexplained gaps in pharmacy training or practice
Demonstrated academic achievement and extracurricular activities that reflect the resident’s leadership potential and dedication to the practice of pharmacy
Registered with the National Matching Service (NMS)
Available for onsite interview
Licensed, or eligible for licensure in the State of Washington
Completed application materials via Phorcas
at least one reference must address direct patient care skills
at least one reference must address critical thinking skills
at least one reference must be from a patient care rotation preceptor
Official pharmacy transcripts
One-page letter of intent
Essay responses, including one drug information response
About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Established in 1920, Virginia Mason began as an 80-bed hospital with six physician offices. It was named after the daughters of James Tate Mason, MD, and John M. Blackford, MD, who co-founded the clinic with radiologist Maurice Dwyer, MD. The founders' vision was to provide a single place where patients could receive comprehensive medical care, a "one-stop shopping" place for virtually any medical problem or need. The adjacent photograph features the original staff of physician partners.
Virginia Mason Health System is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation that includes Virginia Mason Foundation and functions primarily as a parent company for Virginia Mason Medical Center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and Virginia Mason Memorial (also known as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association). Gary S. Kaplan, MD, is Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System.
Virginia Mason Medical Center is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit subsidiary of Virginia Mason Health System that includes Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle and a regional network of outpatient medical facilities in Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Fed...eral Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood and Seattle (downtown and University Village).
Virginia Mason Institute is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit subsidiary of Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Virginia Mason’s main campus in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle is referred to as Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center.
Virginia Mason includes:
Physicians - Virginia Mason Medical Center includes a multispecialty group practice of more than 470 physicians employed by the organization, offering primary care and a broad range of specialty care.
Hospitals - Virginia Mason operates an acute care hospital in Seattle, licensed for 336 beds, which includes one of the region's busiest emergency departments, and a 226-bed hospital in Yakima, Wash.
Clinics - The health system includes a network of clinics in the central Puget Sound region and the Yakima area.
Research - Scientists at Benaroya Research Institute seek new treatments for autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.
AIDS Care - Bailey-Boushay House serves patients with HIV/AIDS and those who need end-of-life care for cancer, Huntington’s disease, ALS and other conditions.
Philanthropy - Virginia Mason Foundation is the fund-raising division of the health system and operates with a volunteer board of directors.
Transforming Health Care - Virginia Mason Institute provides education, training and executive coaching in the Virginia Mason management method — the Virginia Mason Production System — to other organizations and health care providers.
Collaboration - Virginia Mason works cooperatively with other health care organizations in the region and has a clinical partnership and strategic affiliation with CHI Franciscan Health.