Pharmacy residency Program PGY1 Pharmacy

Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 Program Purpose: 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 Requirements

Core Rotations

  • Administration
  • Anticoagulation
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Primary Care

Elective Rotations

Residents may repeat any core rotation in which they have a particular interest. Elective rotations may be from, but are not limited to:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Pediatrics

Practice Management

Each resident shall be expected to

  • Provide on­call coverage
  • Attend and participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Use Safety Committee, and one subcommittee
  • Develop or revise policies and procedures


Each resident is expected to present either a formal case/guideline or a journal review to the pharmacy staff every month.

Service Component

Each resident is expected to staff every other weekend, to start after orientation.


Each resident is expected to plan, design, and complete a major project with the guidance of a project mentor. Residents are required to complete one additional smaller project, typically a medication use evaluation.

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
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Enroll in the Residency Matching Program
  • Submit application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) System by December 31

What are the licensing requirements?

Applicants to the Harris Health System Pharmacy Residency Programs shall have either obtained a license to practice pharmacy in Texas, have reciprocated their license to practice pharmacy in Texas, or be in the process of obtaining their license to practice pharmacy in Texas as soon as possible.

Resident interns and resident pharmacists shall submit documentation of active licensure in the state of Texas [North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE)] to the Residency Program Director as soon as it is available and no later than September 1st.

Per ASHP requirements, a minimum of 2/3 of the residency must be completed as a licensed pharmacist, therefore resident interns/pharmacists who have failed to meet the licensure deadline (September 1st) due to failure of either the NAPLEX or Texas MPJE exam shall be dismissed from the residency program.

Can Harris Health sponsor applicants with visas?

Harris Health cannot sponsor student work visas.

Are applicants graduating in August considered?

Applicants must graduate in May from an ACPE­accredited college of pharmacy.

What is the official start date of the program?

The official start date of the program is July 1.

What documents are required in the application packet?

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

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing a PGY1/PGY2/MS Pharmacy Administration 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.

When is the application deadline?

All PHORCAS application documents must be received by December 31. Early application to the program is highly recommended.

How can I apply for this residency program?

Application materials shall be submitted via the PhORCAS System.

Can program extend beyond the 12 months of Residency Class?

Residents will not be allowed to extend the program with or without pay beyond the allotted 12 months of Resident year.

For additional information, please contact:

Goldina Erowele, PharmD, MBA
Residency Program Director
Director of Pharmacy Operations & Clinical Support Services
Office: 713­-873­-7090
Abel Davila, RPh, Ed.D
Residency Program Coordinator
Pharmacy Practice Advancement Manager
Office: 713­-634­-1523
Cindy Adibe, PharmD
PGY2 Pharmacy Administration Resident
Chief Pharmacy Resident
Office: 713­-592­-4934