Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Type

  • PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Position: 1

Program Statement

The post-graduate year-one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program builds 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 post-graduate year-two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY-1 residency program at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills provides a wide range of clinical experiences, with a focus on inpatient acute care in a community hospital setting. This program is designed to develop a strong, competent clinician and educator who can practice independently in a hospital setting. Rotations with a clinical focus are offered for the resident to gain knowledge of and expertise in pharmacotherapy, various disease states, and patient populations.

About the Residency Program

The program is affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin – College of Pharmacy (UTCOP). The UTCOP Teaching and Leadership Fellows Program (TLFP) is a learning experience provided to residents participating in pharmacy residency programs affiliated with UTCOP. The program provides the opportunity for pharmacy residents to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in teaching, learning, and leadership. The skills obtained can be utilized when providing medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups) in an experiential or didactic role. Residents will be required to document growth in teaching skills as well as leadership development throughout the program. The resident will receive a certificate at the completion of the program.

Program Information

Application Process 

In order to be considered for an interview, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated, or will graduate, from an ACPE accredited pharmacy school
  • A Texas pharmacy license or be eligible to obtain a Texas pharmacy license by September 30th of the residency year
  • Participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program

How to Apply:

To apply for this program, you must submit the following through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college of pharmacy transcripts

All positions are offered through the ASHP Pharmacy Resident Matching Program

  • ASHP Code: 74099
  • NMS Code: 267913

Application deadline is December 31st.

Learning Experiences 

The resident will complete seven required rotations and three elective rotations. The length of the rotations varies from four to six weeks. Pharmacy staffing and a clinical research project will occur longitudinally throughout the resident’s PGY1 year. Additionally, the month of December will be reserved for research.

Required rotations (7):

  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pharmacy Management

Elective rotations (3):

  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care II
  • Infectious Diseases II

Required longitudinal rotations (2):

  • Clinical research project
  • Staffing (one evening every week, one weekend every three weeks)
Resident Activities  
  • Pharmacotherapy Seminar at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
  • Pharmacotherapy Rounds (“Resident Rounds”) at UTHSCSA
  • ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Conference
  • Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) Annual Seminar
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Optional Teaching and Leadership Fellows Program (TLFP) certificate through UTCOP
  • One major clinical research project
  • Present research at the TSHP Annual Seminar, ASHP Clinical Midyear meeting, and ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Conference
  • Stipend: $55,000
  • Paid time off (PTO): 15 days
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance plans are available
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Travel stipends to attend required meetings (i.e., TSHP Annual Seminar, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Meeting) including registration, transportation, meals, and hotel
  • Certifications: ACLS, BLS
  • Personal computer and desk space
  • Lab coat with embroidered name
  • Mentorship program
Current Preceptors 
Nathalie QuachNathalie Quach, Pharm.D., BCPS
Residency Program Director
Critical Care I & II Preceptor
Clinical Research Preceptor
David ChanDavid Chan, Pharm.D., MBA
Pharmacy Management Preceptor
Phu DinhPhu Dinh, Pharm.D., BCPS
Ambulatory Care Preceptor
Longitudinal Operations Preceptor
Brittany FlyntBrittany Flynt, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Operations Preceptor
Brian OlivaresBrian Olivares, Pharm.D., BCPS
Internal Medicine II Preceptor
Melchor EspinosaMelchor Espinosa, Pharm.D., BCPS
Infectious Disease Preceptor
Emergency Medicine Preceptor
Christina TranChristina Tran, Pharm.D., BCPS
Emergency Medicine Preceptor
Pharmacotherapy Seminar Preceptor
Pharmacotherapy Resident Rounds Preceptor

Current Resident 
Dominique NguyenDominique Nguyen, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
Additional Information 

For more information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Facility Information 

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills
11212 State Highway 151
San Antonio, Texas 78251