Program Design

OHSU offers a structured training program in pharmacy practice with ample opportunity for specialization through elective experiences. The resident's knowledge base, past experience, and interests dictate the choice and length of experiences. The resident and the preceptors develop the residency schedule jointly. See a sample schedule for this year's class of residents. 

Residents receive a list of goals and objectives at the beginning of each rotation. During the rotation and at the end of the experience, the resident meets with the preceptor to review their performance. A written report assessing the resident is prepared using the PharmAcademic evaluation system. On a quarterly basis, the Residency Program Director meets with the resident to evaluate their progress based on preceptor comments and resident self-evaluation. At any time, the resident and program director adjust the resident's schedule as necessary.

Service Requirement

Consistent with the ASHP residency standards, the OHSU residency experience is primarily a practical, rather than didactic or classroom experience. Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects of pharmaceutical care. During the first two months of the residency year, residents will train in central pharmacy in distributive staff pharmacist roles. Next, residents will train in a clinical staffing area (internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, or surgery) as part of their first clinical rotation. After completing clinical training in their specific staffing area, residents staff every other weekend in this area for the remainder of the residency year. Staffing responsibilities include patient care, distribution, and drug information. Residents are also required to work one major holiday (Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day) and one minor holiday (President's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day). 

All residents must be licensed in Oregon within the first three months of the residency program, October 1st. If unable to meet licensure by this date, termination of the residency contract may occur. Visit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy website for additional details.  

Teaching Opportunities

Residents participate in the Citywide Pharmacy Residency Conference that is held about every other month at a different residency site in the Portland Metro area. This forum is a great way to identify professional mentors, network for job opportunities, and discuss practice innovation. 

OHSU pharmacy residents, in cooperation with the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy or the Pacific University School of Pharmacy, may also participate in classroom discussions, lectures, or labs, as well as precept Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential students during final year rotations. 

Additional opportunities are available to residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities through the Oregon Residency Teaching Certificate Program. The elective teaching certificate program is offered as a joint program by OSU College of Pharmacy and Pacific University School of Pharmacy.