Residency Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training..

Residency Experience

The residency year is composed of a set of both core and elective rotations lasting 4 weeks in duration. The resident may choose 2 electives from list below. Longitudinal rotations are yearlong and require progress throughout the residency year.

Core Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Administration/Medication Safety
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine (Med/Surg)
  • Critical Care (Medicinal)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Trauma
  • Academia (Regis)

Elective Rotations

  • Pediatrics
  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases 2
  • Family Medicine 2
  • Trauma 2
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hematology/Oncology

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Administration/Medication Safety
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Research Project
  • Academia
  • Staffing
  • Professional Development/Ambulatory Care
The service component (staffing) is considered a longitudinal rotation during the PGY1 year. Staffing provides the resident with the opportunity to identify the unique challenges present while working as an independent practitioner and apply knowledge gained during learning experiences. The required service component is every third weekend (two 10-hour shifts) plus participation in the holiday rotation (one summer and one winter holiday).
Residents are paid a $47,500 stipend for the 52-week residency year. Twenty days of paid time off (PTO) are included; this time is expected to be used for holidays, job interviews, travel to meetings (other than ASHP Midyear and Spring residency conference), and/or illness. Medical and dental insurance is an optional benefit that the resident may elect. All residents must complete a physical, background check, drug and health screening prior to starting the residency program.
The resident will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (MCM) to present a poster for their residency project and assist with recruiting during the Residency Showcase. The resident will also attend either the Western States Conference in California or Mountain States Conference in Utah to present the findings of their residency project. Registration and travel fees will be covered by the residency program; however, society memberships such as ASHP are the responsibility of the resident.

Pharmacist Licensure

Licensure in the state of Colorado is a requirement of the SMC PGY1 residency program. The licensure process can take 6-8 weeks and residents should strive to begin the licensure process prior to the start date. Licensure must be obtained within 90 days of the resident start date. It is recommended to retain photocopies of all materials submitted for licensure. More information on obtaining pharmacist licensure in Colorado can be found at

Application Requirements

The deadline for all application materials is January 5, 2018. Required application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent Form
  • Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Supplemental Reference Form
  • Three Letters of Reference 

Applicants must be a graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Interview offers will be extended by mid-January and required on-site interviews will be conducted from late January through mid-February. Interviews should be expected to last the full day and include evaluation and presentation of a patient case.

The Swedish Medical Center PGY1 Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Match Program. All applicants must register for the match at

Pharmacy Preceptors

Pharmacy Residency Graduates

  • Holly Anderson
  • Michelle Maguire

Contact Information

Residency Program Director
Kylie Mueller, Pharm.D., BCPS- AQ-ID

Residency Program Coordinator
Dustin Leitzel, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

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