Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Type

  • PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Positions:1

Program Statement

The Post-Graduate Year-One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Practice Residency Program builds on prior Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. This program aims 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 prepared for Post-Graduate Year-Two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at CHRISTUS Health 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 strong, competent clinicians and educators 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 applicable to 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. Skills obtained can be used when providing medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the general public 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 upon completion of the program.

Program Informatoin

Application Process 

To be considered for an interview, applicants must have:

  • Graduated, or are anticipated to graduate, from an ACPE accredited pharmacy school
  • A Texas pharmacy license or be eligible to obtain Texas pharmacy licensure by September 30th of the residency year
  • Participate in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program

How to Apply:

To apply for this program, the following must be submitted 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

Learning Experiences 

The resident will complete seven required rotations and three elective rotations. The length of rotations varies from four to six weeks. Pharmacy staffing and a clinical research project will occur longitudinally throughout the resident’s PGY-1 year. Additionally, the month of December will be reserved for research.

Required rotations:

  • 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:

  • Clinical Research Project
  • Staffing (one evening every week and 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 UTHSCSAALCALDE 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: $50,000
  • Paid time off (PTO): 15 days
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance plans are available403(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 lodging
  • Certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS)Personal computer and workspace
  • Lab coat with embroidered name

Current Preceptors 

  • David Chan, Pharm.D., MBA | Pharmacy Management Preceptor 
  • Nhi Bui, Pharm.D., BCPS | Infectious Disease I & II Preceptor 
  • Nathalie Quach, Pharm.D., BCPS | Critical Care I & II Preceptor | Clinical Research Preceptor 
  • Giang Phu Dinh, Pharm.D., BCPS | Pharmacy Operations Preceptor | Ambulatory Care Preceptor 
  • Brittany Flynt, Pharm.D. | Internal Medicine | Preceptor
  • Brian Olivares, Pharm.D., BCPS | Internal Medicine II Preceptor 
  • Melchor Jose Espinosa, Pharm.D. | Emergency Medicine Preceptor 
  • Christina Tran, Pharm.D. | Emergency Medicine Preceptor | Pharmacotherapy Seminar Preceptor


Current Residents 

  • Rebecca Deville, PharmD | PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident 

Former Residents 


  • Christina Tran, Pharm.D.
  • Melchor Jose Espinosa, Pharm.D.


  • Judith Rendon, BS, Pharm.D.
  • Sean Coco, Pharm.D.

Contact & Facility 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