PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency

Ochsner Health System PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency is an intense twelve month program designed to develop clinical, dispensing, and medication administration practice skills by providing exposure to a clinical environment that offers diverse training in a variety of pharmacy practice areas. The resident will become proficient in chronic disease state management with experiences in both community and specialty pharmacy and advance the growth of their clinical judgment. The program allows for flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual resident, while providing the basic foundation to develop the professional skills essential for a practicing specialty clinical pharmacist or community pharmacist. At the completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to function as a specialty clinical pharmacist or community pharmacist.

Ochsner Health System is dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, and research. This mission has been intricately entwined throughout all aspects of the Health System. Ochsner is one of the largest non-university based physician training centers. Pharmacists are integrally involved in all aspects of patient care.

Program Goals:

  1. To develop competent practitioners with an understanding of rational drug therapy and the ability to ensure safe, effective, and economical use of drugs.
  2. To provide experiences which enhances the resident’s ability to design, implement, provide, and improve specialty pharmacy services.
  3. To develop oral and written communication skills including enhancement of teaching skills and scholarly activity.
  4. To develop investigative and problem-solving skills.


Required: (6 months)

Elective: (3 months)

  • Orientation
  • Specialty Disease State Management: Inflammatory Conditions
  • Specialty Disease State Management: Infectious Disease/HIV
  • Specialty Disease State Management: Hepatology
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Community Pharmacy: Primary Care
  • Leadership
  • Population Health
  • Research
  • Drug Information (longitudinal)
  • Practice Management (longitudinal)
  • Digital Medicine
  • Manufacturer Relations
  • Specialty Pharmacy Disease State Management: Oncology/Hematology
  • Community Pharmacy: Mail Order
  • Community Pharmacy: Compounding
  • Community Pharmacy: Leadership

Core Projects and Responsibilities:

  • Research Project
    • Residents will be provided a list of research topics to choose from at which point they will develop a protocol, submit to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), collect data, present their research at appropriate conference, and complete a publishable manuscript. The resident will work under the mentorship of a preceptor to enhance the resident’s skills in study design, data collection, data analysis and results reporting.
  • Continuing Education Presentation
    • Resident will present one 60-minute formal continuing education presentation in the fall of their resident year for the pharmacy department.
  • Case Presentation
    • Residents will present a 60-minute formal case presentation in the spring of their resident year for the pharmacy department.
  • Physician Lecture Series
    • Residents will present one 20-minute pharmacotherapy topic to Internal Medicine resident physicians.
  • Journal Club
    • Residents will present one journal club per year to the pharmacy department.
  • Staffing
    • Residents will gain experience learning the drug distribution system by staffing in the specialty pharmacy one evening per week.
    • Residents will take call for one week twice throughout the year in specialty pharmacy


  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Health and Wellness Program
  • Discounted gym membership
  • 10 days of vacation & 6 holidays
    • A resident may not be absent from a rotation for >5 days, except to fulfill program-required leave
  • $42,000/year stipend

Application & Eligibility Requirements:

  • Letter of intent
  • Academic transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate of an accredited College/School of Pharmacy
  • Eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of Louisiana
  • Must obtain a Louisiana pharmacy intern license by start of the program (if not licensed as a pharmacist)
  • Licensed in the State of Louisiana before the program begins or shortly thereafter
  • Materials should be submitted via the PHORCAS

Deadline for completed applications is January 15, 2018

Only those applications files that have been completed will be considered for an on-site interview.

Residency Program Director:

Sheena Babin, Pharm.D., CSP
Residency Program Director, PGY 1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program
Manager, Clinical Services and Business Development
Ochsner Health System

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