Pharmacy Residency Program Post Graduate Year Two
Ambulatory Care Residency

Ambulatory Care Residency

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

Harris Health System's Department of Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy will train the residents to be adept and skilled in multiple areas of direct patient care, to exercise leadership in improving medication safety, and to use administrative skills for health system improvement. Residents will strengthen their commitment to the profession of pharmacy and, in turn, train the next generation of healthcare providers. Upon completion of this residency, the graduate will be prepared to practice as a clinical pharmacy specialist across a variety of ambulatory care settings.

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Residency Requirements

Core Rotations

  • Primary Care
  • Clinical Administration
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Major Project
  • Minor Project
  • Staffing

The primary care rotations will focus on the following areas: chronic disease state management, nephrology, pulmonology, women’s health, and men’s health.

Elective Rotations

  • Academia*
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics*
  • Neurology*
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry

*The availability of these rotations is conditional on the availability of preceptors.

Practice Management

Each resident shall be expected to facilitate administrative and clinic duties. These duties include but are not limited to demonstrating management skills in the provision of care for ambulatory care patients and providing comprehensive medication management to ambulatory care patients following a consistent patient care process. Listed below are some pharmacy resident practice management responsibilities and services:

  • Telephonic consult services
  • Attend and participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Use Safety Committee, and subcommittee meetings
  • Develop or revise Policies and Procedures
  • Assist in expansion and/or development of clinical services
  • Participate in Non-formulary request processing (minimum 5 months)


  • One journal club presentation
  • Pharmacist billing presentation
  • Four BCACP chapter review presentations
  • One didactic lecture
  • Spring Continuing Education presentation
  • Poster presentations at ASHP Midyear and TSHP Alcalde

Service Component

Community pharmacy staffing one weekend a month with Ambulatory care Services or Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy


  • One major project
  • One minor project (ie. business proposal for a clinical pharmacy service)

Additional Requirements:

  • Completion of an accredited U.S. college Teaching Certification Program*
  • ACLS Certification
  • Disease State Tracking
  • Assist with residency recruitment activities

* Validated certifications completed prior to start of the program will be honored.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program's admission requirements?

Individuals wishing to apply to the Harris Health Residency Program must:

  • Be a graduate of an ACPE-­accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Have current valid pharmacy license in the state of Texas, or be eligible for licensure
  • Completion of a ASHP accredited Postgraduate Year One Residency Program
  • Enroll in the Residency Matching Program

Can Harris Health sponsor applicants with visas?

Harris Health cannot sponsor student work visas.

What documents are required for program application?

Applications shall be deemed complete upon the receipt of the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing a PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency. The letter should include details about your professional interests, achievements, and your five-year goals as a pharmacist.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts related to pharmacy education are required
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Reference writers must complete the standardized reference form in the PhORCAS system.
    • One letter of recommendation must be from a pharmacist who has supervised you or an APPE preceptor.
  • Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency certificate of completion.
  • What is the official start date of the program?

    The official start date of the program is July 1, 2024.

    When is the application deadline?

    All application materials must be submitted through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) System by January 2 of every year.

    The National Matching Service Code is 617365.

    How can I apply for this residency program?

    Application materials shall be submitted via the PhORCAS System.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Cesar Muñoz, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCACP
    Ambulatory Care PGY2
    Residency Program Director
    Clinical Pharmacy Operation Manager
    Ambulatory Care Services
    Harris Health System
    T: 346-426-0521
    Ryan Popp, Pharm.D, BCACP
    Ambulatory Care PGY2
    Residency Program Coordinator
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
    Ambulatory Care Services
    Harris Health System
    T: 281-985-7668