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Pharmacy Residency Program at Denver Health

Denver Health's pharmacy department offers a 12-month Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Resident program that has been an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited program since 2004. Beginning with the 2017-2018 residency year, Denver Health will be offering two Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Pharmacy Residency Programs in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

Acute Care Clinical Pharmacy Manager Welcome

Dear prospective resident,

Thank you for expressing interest in our pharmacy residency programs. Denver Health is excited to offer three ASHP-accredited PGY1, one PGY2 emergency medicine and one PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency positions.

Denver Health is a one-of-a-kind learning environment as one of the primary teaching hospitals in Colorado and is the only academic Level 1 trauma center in Denver. These programs provide a wide variety of experiences designed to develop knowledge and expertise in integrated clinical pharmacy practice and medication stewardship, with a strong focus on leadership skills.

Kristi Bronkan, PharmD, BCPS
Acute Care Clinical Pharmacy Manager
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

PGY1 Pharmacy ResidencyPGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy ResidencyPGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Information


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is accredited by ASHP.

The purpose of the PGY1 pharmacy residency program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 Program Structure

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers training opportunities in acute care, ambulatory care, drug information, drug use policy development, clinical services and pharmacy leadership.

Residency Program (ASHP accredited)
Duration/Type: 12-months
Number of Positions: 3
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Start Date: July 2, 2018
Interview Required: Yes
The program includes 7 required rotations (4 to 6 weeks in length) and a choice of 3 elective rotations (4 to 5 weeks in length). There are 2 required longitudinal rotations.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (4 weeks) 
  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks) 
  • Critical Care – choice of Medical ICU or Surgical ICU (5 weeks) 
  • Maternal Child Health/Pediatrics (5 weeks) 
  • Infectious Disease (5 weeks) 
  • Ambulatory Care (5 weeks) 
  • Pharmacy Administration/Medication Safety (6 weeks)

Elective Rotations

  • Academia 
  • Ambulatory Care (multiple areas) 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship 
  • Public Health/HIV 
  • Behavioral Health 
  • Clinical Toxicology 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Managed Care 
  • Hematology/Oncology 
  • Transitions of Care 
  • Teaching Certificate (longitudinal) 
  • Any required rotation may also be taken as an elective 
  • Opportunities to create new or off-site rotations around the resident’s interest (limited to 1 off-site rotation/year)

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Information/Formulary Management/Drug Policy 
  • Service Commitment/Operational Knowledge

Overview of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Requirements

  • Major Project (presented at Mountain States Residency Conference) 
  • Medication Use Evaluation (presented at Vizient poster session and ASHP Midyear) 
  • Attendance and participation in the following events:
    • Pharmacy week (October) 
    • Vizient poster session (December)
    • ASHP Midyear poster session (December) 
    • ASHP Midyear residency showcase (December) 
    • Recruitment and interview process 
    • Regional residency showcase (May) 
  • Participation and completion of the ASPIRE (A Structured Program to Guide Residents’ Experience in Research) program through Kaiser Permanente of Colorado and The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Major Project

All residents are required to complete a major project which meets ASHP accreditation requirements. A major project encompasses a specific aspect of medication use or pharmacy practice. The resident will be expected to plan, coordinate and complete a formal project over the course of the residency year. This project is intended to give the resident an organized exposure to scientific research techniques, prepare the resident for future pharmacy practice research activities, and give the resident experience in preparing and presenting a paper/project. The final write up of the project will be completed with the intent of submission for publication. The ASPIRE program will be used as a didactic guide for the research project. The project will take into consideration departmental initiatives or service to Denver Health.

Step       Proposed Deadline
Select major project topic       End of July
Present project proposal to RAC       August
Submit to SPARO / COMIRB       October-November
Collect analyze and evaluate data       December-March
Oral presentations to Pharmacy Department       April
Oral presentation at regional resident conference       May
Final draft of manuscript       End of May
Final manuscript submitted       June

Service to the Institution

Residents are required to provide a determined number of service hours to Denver Health generally fulfilled by staffing two shifts, every third weekend (Saturday & Sunday). Residents staff approximately 45 weekend shifts (15 weekends) over the course of the year. The resident can complete the staffing requirements through a combination of operational and clinical shifts. The PGY1 residents will be scheduled to staff the areas corresponding with the rotations they just completed, if possible. Staffing requirements will follow the ASHP duty hour requirements. Residents are required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Colorado. Residents are required to work one minor holiday (Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther King Day) and one major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s). The PGY1 program is a full-time commitment and residents are not permitted to moon-light elsewhere.

Teaching/Education Responsibilities

Denver Health's Pharmacy Department serves as a training site for pharmacy students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as the Regis University School of Pharmacy. Students participate in introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Both institutional and clinical rotations are offered. Rotations are also offered in the community health setting at various outpatient pharmacies and clinics. Residents will be required to co-precept the IPPE and APPE students while on rotations. In addition, the resident will provide regularly scheduled in-services to pharmacy colleagues and other healthcare providers throughout the rotations.

Denver Health Benefits

All Denver Health PYG1 pharmacy residents are full-time Denver Health employees. Benefits listed below included are:

  • Dedicated residency office, computer and desk space 
  • Health and dental benefits 
  • Retirement benefits 
  • Each resident will be assigned a parking pass 
  • Each resident will be fully supported to obtain their ACLS and PALS certification
  • Professional leave to attend ASHP Midyear and Regional Residency conference will be supported
  • PTO requests are subject to approval by preceptor, the Residency Program Director (RPD), and the manager
  • Library Privileges: Denver Health does not have general library access, but can be obtained after precepting student(s) at either one of the Schools of Pharmacy 
  • Each resident earns $45,000 plus benefits annually

Application Information

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program and licensed and in good standing, or eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado by September 1st of the starting year. If not licensed by November 1st, the resident will be terminated from the program.

Denver Health participates in the ASHP National Matching System. Applications should be submitted electronically through PhORCAS. All materials must be received by January 5, 2018, to be considered for the residency program. Necessary application materials include:

  • Letter of intent (maximum of 2 pages) highlighting the following:
        1. Your goals and reason for doing a PGY1 Residency
        2. Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program
        3. Your short and long term goals in Pharmacy Practice
        4. Your strengths and weakness at this point in career and how residency will help you develop and achieve your goals 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template from one preceptor, one professional contact that has know you more than half of your pharmacy education and one employer 
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Residency Advisory Council to determine which candidates will be invited for an onsite interview. The tentative interview dates for the 2018-2019 residency class are:

  • Monday, January 29, 2018 
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 
  • Monday, February 5, 2018

Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.


Kristi Bronkan, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204

Rebecca Reiss, PharmD
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204

2017-2018 PGY1 Resident Class
Amber Finegan
Andrew Reuter
Nancy Benavides