PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Mercy Medical Center PGY1 residency is a comprehensive set of experiences emphasizing clinical pharmacy practice as well as aspects of pharmacy management. Each resident's schedule of rotations is individualized to meet their personal and professional goals. Residents will also have opportunities to get involved with formulary development and management, medication preparation/delivery, medication utilization evaluation development, and attend multidisciplinary committee meetings. Residents are expected to participate in journal club, case discussions, formulary reviews, and complete a research project which will be presented at a professional conference.  Residents also are required to teach didactic lectures at Drake University College of Pharmacy.  

Outcomes of the Residency Training Program

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process.
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Provide medication and practice related education/training.
  • Utilize medical informatics.

Purpose Statement

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.

This PGY1 program will prepare pharmacist clinicians for patient care positions, adjunct faculty appointments, or further training in a PGY2 program.  Pharmacists completing this residency will be competent and confident practitioners of direct patient care.  They will be accountable for enhancing drug therapy outcomes and improving medication safety as members of the health care team.  These pharmacists will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, students, patients and the community on medications related topics.  They will develop a professional practice encompassing Mercy Medical Center’s core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.  Residents will display a commitment to the profession of pharmacy, desire for continued professional growth and exercise leadership to achieve department goals.

Required Rotations

  • Infectious Disease
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Practice Management (Longitudinal)
  • Staffing/ADE reporting (Longitudinal)
  • Projects (Longitudinal)

Application Process

Application Deadline: January 1

Please refer to general Pharmacy Residency Application Process page for details. All questions regarding the application process for the PGY1 program should be sent to the program director. 

PGY1 Program Director

Lyndi McVey, PharmD, BCPS

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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