PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The opportunities for training in the first year residency program are limitless, as Grady offers a diverse teaching environment that supports a multi-disciplinary approach to care. We are excited about what the program has to offer and are seeking residents who are equally committed and excited about this next step in their professional development. The primary goal of the PGY-1 pharmacy residency is to partner with the resident to develop the clinical knowledge and skills that will ensure future success in either a specialty residency or clinical practice as well as Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. Acute care experiences consist of active participation in medical team based services with established clinical pharmacy services. Experiences in ambulatory care involve participation in general and specialty clinics with established clinical pharmacy services and protocols. Numerous teaching opportunities are available including two ACPE-accredited presentations, noon conference lectures for medical residents, student precepting, and a teaching program via Mercer University College of Pharmacy.

Learning experiences which are available for the PGY-1 pharmacy resident include:

Required Experiences

Orientation (June-July)

  • Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
  • ACLS/BLS training
  • Pharmacy Operations Training

Drug Information / Medication Use (Longitudinal)
Anticoagulation Bridging Clinic (Longitudinal)
In-house On-call Program (Longitudinal)

Critical Care

  • Trauma
  • MICU
  • Emergency Medicine

Internal Medicine

Infectious Diseases

  • Antimicrobial Surveillance
  • HIV Inpatient Service

Primary Care Clinic

Elective Experiences (5 months)
Neuroscience ICU
Burn ICU
HIV Outpatient Clinic
ID Consult Service
Any required rotation

On Site Ambulatory Clinics
4 Adult Medicine/Urgent Care Clinics
Pharmacotherapy Clinic
Oncology Clinic
Anticoagulation Clinic
Heart Failure Clinic
HIV Clinic
Hepatitis C Clinic

To apply to the PGY-1 Pharmacy residency, application materials must be submitted by January 1.

GHS is participating in the PhORCAS online residency application process. For more information please see

Requirements for application to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program:

General Requirements

  1. Either: 
    1. Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy OR
    2. anticipated graduation with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy AND evidence of good academic standing
  2. Personal and leadership qualifications for successful completion of a residency program
  3. Eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia, preferably eligibility for the early June Georgia licensure examination.

Specific Requirements (deadlines)
1. The following must be submitted by January 1: 

  1. A Letter of Interest stating why the applicant desires a residency at Grady Health System
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (include completed and anticipated rotations)
  3. Official pharmacy school transcripts 
  4. Four (4) references completed on the PhORCAS Recommendation Form. 
    1. Two recommendations must be from clinical preceptors of the applicant during a clinical rotation
    2. One recommendation must be from a current or recent employer
    3. The fourth recommendation is of the candidate’s choice
  5. Residency Questionnaire uploaded to PhORCAS – Please limit responses to 2 ½ pages total.

Representatives will be available at the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting Residency Showcase in December. On-site interviews will be scheduled in February. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Michael Knauss, Director of the PGY-1 Pharmacy residency at (404) 616-0420 or e-mail