Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

About the Program

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Ascension Borgess.

The purpose of the Ascension Borgess post graduate year one (PGY-1) residency program is to create well-rounded, competent clinical practitioners of pharmaceutical care. The program integrates residents into the medication use process so they develop a firm understanding of the clinical, distributive, and administrative aspects of the pharmacy profession. It prepares them to be accountable and responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the health-care team. The program seeks to expand each resident’s presentation, teaching, evaluation, and research skills. Finally, the program strives to instill the importance of being engaged professionals, who are committed to the ongoing expansion of their expertise and to the advancement of the profession. Upon completion of the program, residents will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an advanced (PGY-2) residency or fellowship program or to function independently as a pharmacist in an acute care setting.

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Ascension Borgess offers the following unique strengths:

  • As a 422-bed community, teaching hospital, we are large enough to provide ample educational opportunities, but small enough so you do not feel like number
  • All of our residency preceptors have graduated from an ASHP-accredited residency program, over half have also obtained advanced degrees (Pharmacy Administration) or specialty residency training
  • We offer residents the opportunity to participate in Ferris State University College of Pharmacy’s Pharmacy Education and Lecture Series (PEDALS) program
  • The majority of our graduates have obtained clinical pharmacy positions upon completion of the residency or have been accepted to specialty residency (PGY-2) or fellowship programs

Pharmacy Department at Ascension Borgess Hospital


  • Centralized pharmacy
  • Outpatient pharmacy
  • Operating room satellite
  • Outpatient procedural area satellite

Number of Employees (listed by FTEs)

  • 3 Administration/Management
  • 8 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists
  • 17 Clinical Pharmacists
  • 30 Certified Pharmacy Technicians
  • 3 Support Staff

Clinical Services

  • Anticoagulation
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Floor based pharmacists
  • Rounding with multidisciplinary teams
  • Critical care rounding service
  • Palliative care consults
  • Targeted continuous medication management services
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Medication history program


  • McKesson RobotRx, Pacmed and Carousel
  • Pyxis automated dispensing cabinets
  • Cerner Millennium
  • Sentri7

Academic Affiliations

  • Ferris State University College of Pharmacy