The purpose of the Spectrum Health Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the doctor of pharmacy education to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists. Spectrum Health offers both Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) and Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) opportunities.
Residency Program Residents in the PGY1 program gain skills that allow them to manage medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Completion of the PGY1 program leaves residents eligible for board certification and/or eligible for postgraduate year two pharmacy residency training.
Residency Program Residents in the PGY2 program are provided opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Spectrum Health offers PGY2 residencies in Critical Care, Pediatric Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area when board certification for the practice area exists.