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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at Memorial is designed to develop self-directed practitioners in a hospital environment. This is a 54-week postgraduate training experience that is designed to provide residents with advanced instruction in all aspects of pharmacy practice: acute patient care, drug information, drug use policy development, practice management, and ambulatory care. This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Memorial Hospital of South Bend provides a systems-based approach with outcomes consistent with ASHP’s Pharmacy Residency Standards for a hospital setting.

Pharmacists completing a residency at Memorial Hospital of South Bend will enhance their competency in the following areas:

  • Patient Care
  • Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

Rotations vary in format from five weeks to longitudinal rotations. The rotations are designed to provide structure and guidance with the flexibility to customize learning experiences to each resident’s personal and professional needs. Emphasis is placed on establishing a personal philosophy of practice, developing leadership and teaching skills, utilizing performance self-evaluation and exhibiting commitment to the profession.

The ultimate goal of the Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Program is to produce clinical pharmacists that provide exemplary patient care in interdisciplinary teams, capable of leading the profession and working within the framework of a health care system.

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for a PGY1 residency position at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Attending or graduated from an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy at time of application
  2. Eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Indiana
  3. Memorial Hospital utilizes PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) through the ASHP for all applicants. Required materials to be submitted by January 1 include:
    • A letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • College of pharmacy transcripts
    • Three professional letters of recommendation


Memorial Hospital’s residency learning experiences are designed to help residents develop the necessary skills for providing optimal pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of care settings. The resident’s first rotation will be spent orienting and training with the drug distribution components of the Department of Pharmacy Services.

Required Concentrated Learning Experiences

  1. Ambulatory Care
  2. Critical Care
  3. Internal Medicine
  4. Medication Safety

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  1. Drug Information/Education
  2. Inpatient Staffing/Drug Distribution
  3. Pharmacy Practice Management/Policy
  4. Residency Research Project

Elective Concentrated Learning Experiences

  1. Decentralized Clinical Pharmacy with Specialized Focus
  2. Emergency Medicine
  3. Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  4. Informatics
  5. Oncology
  6. Pediatrics
  7. Trauma
  8. Ambulatory Care II
  9. Critical Care II
  10. Outpatient Anticoagulation
  11. Surgery


Resident staffing commitments are approximately every fourth weekend with 4 hours one weekday per week and may involve centralized or decentralized order entry/verification and/or clinical services. Residents may be expected to respond to cardiopulmonary codes. ACLS training will be provided.

Teaching Experience

Residents will serve as preceptors for pharmacy students on clinical clerkships. Optional participation in a pharmacy residency teaching certificate program is also available.


Presentations to pharmacy staff will occur frequently, as will presentations at Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and subcommittee meetings. Residents are required to present the results of his/her residency research project at Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.


Each resident is expected to attend management meetings, ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting, and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference. Financial allocation is provided by Memorial Hospital for these educational expenses.


Applicants must hold or be in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy. Applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in Indiana by August 31st.


Salary compensation is $50,000.00. Each resident will be given 10 days of vacation/personal leave for the year; six paid holidays will also be provided.


Memorial Hospital provides individual health, vision and dental insurance.

Position Availability

Memorial Hospital of South Bend currently offers two positions in our pharmacy residency program.

More Information

For additional information, please contact:

Kirsten Galasso, Pharm.D, BCPS

Residency Program Director

Department of Pharmacy Services

Memorial Hospital of South Bend

615 N. Michigan Street

South Bend, IN 46601


Kaitlyn DeWeerd, Pharm.D., BCPS

Residency Program Coordinator

Department of Pharmacy Services

Memorial Hospital of South Bend

615 N. Michigan Street

South Bend, IN 46601