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 One 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.

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

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Information

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

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.

Contacts

Kristi Bronkan, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
303-602-9185
Kristi.bronkan@dhha.org

Rebecca Reiss, PharmD
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
303-602-9194
Rebecca.reiss@dhha.org

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

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is in candidate status by ASHP.ashp candidate logo

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation. In the last ten years, Denver Health has provided more than $2.1 billion in care for the uninsured. As evidence of our ability to provide "Level One Care for All", we have received many national and international awards recognizing our trauma services, operational excellence, safety and quality, and our individual practitioners that care for Denver Health patients. Denver Health is home to the Rocky Mountain Regional Level 1 trauma center, Level 2 pediatric trauma center, Denver Public Health, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Information Center, and Denver Health Managed Care to name a few. The Department of Pharmacy has academic affiliations with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Regis University School of Pharmacy. The hospital has a computerized electronic health record and automated distribution system, centralized unit dose and IV medication preparation areas, and decentralized clinical staff pharmacists.

The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced prac¬tice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Residency Program Structure

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist.

Residency Program (submitted for pre-accreditation)
Duration/Type: 12-months
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Start Date: July 2, 2018
Interview Required: Yes
The program includes 7 required rotations (4 weeks to 4 months in length) and a choice of elective rotations (2 to 4 weeks in length). There are 2 required longitudinal rotations.

Required Rotations

  • Medical ICU (4 weeks) 
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU (4 weeks) 
  • Toxicology (4 weeks) 
  • Emergency Medicine – Adult (4 months) 
  • Emergency Medicine – Pediatrics (4 weeks) 
  • Urgent Care Medicine (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations

  • Emergency Medical Services-Pre-Hospital Care (2 weeks) 
  • University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Infectious Disease / Public Health (4 weeks) 
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado Pediatric ICU (4 weeks) 
  • Research Design and Methodology (longitudinal)

Overview of PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Requirements

  • Major Project 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (longitudinal) 
  • Clinical staffing (ICU / Emergency Department) 
  • Medication Use Evaluation / Quality Improvement 
  • Teaching and research (at least one didactic lecture to College of Pharmacy) 
  • Teaching certificate (if not obtained in PGY1 residency program) 
  • Attendance and participation in the following events:
    • Leadership committees
    • Pharmacy week (October)
    • Recruitment and interview process

Application Information

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program, completed or in progress of completing an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency. Applicants must be 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 an advanced PGY2 specialty residency in emergency medicine
        2. Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program
        3. Your long term goals in Pharmacy Practice
        4. Your strengths and weakness at this point in career and how a PGY2 residency in emergency medicine will help you develop and achieve your goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor in emergency medicine or critical care
  • 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.

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

Denver Health Benefits

All Denver Health PYG2 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 two conference will be supported. 
  • PTO requests are subject to approval by preceptor, the 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 $50,000 plus benefits annually

Contacts

Kevin Kaucher, PharmD
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
Kevin.kaucher@dhha.org

2017-2018 PGY2 Emergency Medicine Resident Class
Amelia Nelson

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is in candidate status by ASHP. ashp candidate logo

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation. Denver Health is home to the Rocky Mountain Regional Level 1 Trauma Center for adults and Level II Trauma Center for Children, Rocky Mountain Regional Poison Center, as well as residency and fellowship training site for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The PGY2 resident will have the opportunity for teaching throughout their residency year, including co-precepting and mentoring of PGY1 residents and APPE students. The Department of Pharmacy has academic affiliations with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and Regis University School of Pharmacy. Opportunities to deliver critical care related lectures will be made available to the PGY2 resident. A staffing component in critical care areas will be required (pursuant on progress of PGY2 resident in ability to staff in critical care areas) as well as a major research project that will be presented at a national meeting with the intent to publish in a peer reviewed journal. Rotations not offered at Denver Health may be pursued as elective rotations at University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The resident will also have the option of completing a teaching certificate program if not previously attained in PGY1 residency year.

The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced prac¬tice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Residency Program Structure

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist.

Residency Program (submitted for pre-accreditation)
Duration/Type: 12-months
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Start Date: July 2, 2018
Interview Required: Yes
The program includes 7 required rotations (2 to 10 weeks in length) and a choice of elective rotations (2 to 4 weeks in length). There is 1 required longitudinal rotation.

Required Rotations

  • Medical ICU (8-10 weeks) 
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU (8-10 weeks) 
  • Neurosurgery (4-5 weeks) 
  • Emergency Medicine (4-5 weeks) 
  • Pediatric ICU (4-5 weeks) 
  • Toxicology (4 weeks) 
  • Nutrition Support (2 weeks)

Elective Rotations

  • University of Colorado Health Solid Organ Transplant 
  • University of Colorado Health Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU 
  • University of Colorado Health Cardiac ICU/Heart Failure & Transplant ICU
  • University of Colorado Health Burn ICU 
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado Pediatric ICU 
  • Advanced Infectious Diseases

Overview of PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Requirements

  • Major Project 
  • Clinical staffing (ICU / Emergency Department) 
  • Medical Emergency Response (Code Blue, Stroke Alert, Trauma Alert / Activation) 
  • Medication Use Evaluation / Quality Improvement 
  • Teaching and research (at least one didactic lecture to College of Pharmacy) 
  • Teaching certificate (if not obtained in PGY1 residency program) 
  • Attendance and participation in the following events:
    • Leadership committees
    • Pharmacy week (October)
    • Recruitment and interview process

Application Information

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program, completed or in progress of completing an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Applicants must be 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 1 page) highlighting the following:
        1. Your goals and reason for doing an advanced PGY2 specialty residency in critical care
        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 weaknesses at this point in your career and how a PGY2 residency in critical care will help you develop and achieve your goals
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor in emergency medicine or critical care 
  • 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.

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

Denver Health Benefits

All Denver Health PYG2 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 two conferences will be supported. 
  • PTO requests are subject to approval by preceptor, the 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 $50,000 plus benefits annually

Contacts

Andy Kim, PharmD, BCCCP
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
303-602-9422
Andy.kim@dhha.org

2017-2018 PGY2 Critical Care Resident Class
Ashley Schuler

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Residency Program

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is in pre-candidate status by ASHP. ashp candidate logo

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system caring for nearly one-third of Denver’s population. We serve as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation, and in the last ten years, Denver Health has provided more than $2.1 billion in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health has 9 family health centers and 17 school-based clinics across the Denver-metro area. Our federally qualified health centers are certified patient-centered medical homes and include the following services: primary care, clinical pharmacy, retail pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, social work, addiction counseling, medical coverage enrollment, etc. Our integrated healthcare system is also home to Denver Public Health Department, Correctional Care Medical Facility, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Information Center, and Denver Health Managed Care to name a few. The ambulatory clinical pharmacy team provides comprehensive disease state management and population health services both in clinic and via telephone. Majority of disease state management in primary care includes anticoagulation, ASCVD risk reduction, diabetes, hypertension, and latent tuberculosis infection, but this is not all-inclusive. The PGY2 Ambulatory Care resident will have the opportunity to build their own panel of patients and manage various disease states via collaborative practice agreements alongside other healthcare professionals (primary care and specialty providers, medical residents, nurses, behavioral health providers, social workers, etc.). The Department of Pharmacy has academic affiliations with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Regis University School of Pharmacy offering multiple opportunities for education and precepting.

The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The ultimate goal of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program at Denver Health is to train ambulatory care clinical pharmacists to become proficient in the design and delivery of ambulatory clinical pharmacy services within an integrated safety net health system, as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Residency Program Structure

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist.

Residency Program (awaiting pre-accreditation status)
Duration/Type: 12-months
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Start Date: July 2, 2018
Interview Required: Yes

The residency program is structured into four quarter blocks. Resident will have 2-3 rotational experiences each block either in a required and/or elective setting. Resident will also have one continuity of care experience at a single practice site throughout the year. Resident will have 1-2 one-half days per week of administrative time.

Required Rotations

  • Primary Care, including population health and geriatrics (longitudinal and rotational) 
  • Health System Leadership and Quality Improvement/Research (longitudinal) 
  • Transitions of Care with emphasis on hospital discharge follow-up (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations (choose 2-3)

  • Academia 
  • Behavioral Health (Denver VA Medical Center) 
  • Cardiology 
  • Denver Health Medical Plan 
  • Hepatitis C Clinic (Denver Health GI and ID Clinics) 
  • Inpatient Medication Transitions 
  • Intensive Outpatient Clinic 
  • Pain Management / Palliative Care

Overview of PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Requirements

  • Major Project, presented at a national pharmacy meeting with the intent to publish in a peer reviewed journal (resident to choose from list of pertinent department research opportunities) 
  • Medication Use Evaluation / Quality Improvement 
  • Clinical pharmacy service development and expansion 
  • Completion of A Structured Program to Guide Residents’ Experience in Research (ASPIRE) through Kaiser Permanente of Colorado and The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Completion of Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate Program (if not obtained in PGY1 residency program) 
  • Attendance and participation in the following:
    • Leadership committees 
    • Recruitment and interview process

Teaching / Education Responsibilities

Denver Health's Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Department serves as a training site for Denver Health PGY1 residents and pharmacy students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Regis University School of Pharmacy. Students participate in introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). PGY2 Ambulatory Care residents will be required to co-precept the PGY1 residents, APPE students, and IPPE 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 PYG2 residents are full-time Denver Health employees. Benefits include:

  • Health and dental benefits 
  • Retirement benefits 
  • Each resident will be assigned a parking pass 
  • Dedicated residency office, computer and desk space 
  • Professional leave to attend two conferences will be supported 
  • 10 Paid Time Off (PTO) days; requests are subject to approval by preceptor, the Residency Program Director (RPD), and the manager. 
  • Paid holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). The resident is not expected to work during these holidays as the clinics are closed. 
  • 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 $50,000 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, completed or in progress of completing an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency. Applicants must be 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 an advanced PGY2 specialty residency in ambulatory care 
    2. Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program 
    3. Your short and long term goals in ambulatory care 
    4. Your strengths and weakness at this point in career and how a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care will help you develop and achieve your goals 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor in ambulatory care 
  • 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. Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.

Contacts

Tara B. Vlasimsky, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Director, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy
PGY2 Residency Program Director
Denver Health Medical Center
601 Broadway, Mail Code 1914
Denver, CO 80220
303-602-9209
Tara.vlasimsky@dhha.org

Amber D. Cizmic, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator
Denver Health Lowry Clinic
1001 Yosemite Street MC 0125
Denver, CO 80230
303-602-3261
Amber.cizmic@dhha.org