Norman Regional Health System

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Qualifications for Applicants

Qualifications for participation in Norman Regional Health System PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program are in accordance with criteria set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

  1. Resident applicants shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program OR have equivalent experience.
  2. Resident applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of Oklahoma. Licensure must be obtained by October 1st.
  3. Resident applicants shall participate and adhere to all rules of the ASHP Resident Matching Program Process.
  4. Resident applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Information for Applicants

Candidates are required to complete and submit an online electronic application through PhORCAS. No hardcopy applications will be accepted. Click here to proceed to the PhORCAS website. The deadline for application submission is January 8th.

Required application materials include the following:

  1. A letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Pharmacy school transcripts
  4. Three letters of recommendation


1. Core Rotations (all are 4 weeks unless noted otherwise)

  • Clinical Orientation and Training (6 weeks)
  • Nutrition/Infectious Disease/Administration Primer (1 week)
  • Adult Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Precepting
  • Infectious Disease

2. Longitudinal Rotations (throughout the residency year)

  • Medication Preparation/Distribution
  • Major Project
  • Practice Management/Administration
  • Rehabilitative Care

3. Elective Rotations (depending on preceptor availability)

  • Nutrition (Advanced)
  • Advanced Adult Medicine
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Transitions of Care
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Chemotherapy Infusion Center
  • General Pediatrics (off-site)
  • Outpatient Infusion Center
  • Administration


1. Salary and Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • The 2020-2021 PGY-1 residents will receive a stipend of $47,500.
  • Residents will be given 10 days for vacation and sick time in addition to 4 holidays off during their 12-month program.

2. Benefits

  • Health insurance: choice of basic or comprehensive medical, dental and vision care coverage effective July 1st
  • Basic life insurance

3. Funding for Professional Meetings

  • Financial support will be provided to each resident attending ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Financial support is also provided for three professional meetings sponsored by the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The amount of support is dependent on the availability of funds. Funding for additional meetings may be provided at the discretion of the Residency Program and the Pharmacy Director.

Teaching Activities

Resident involvement in all teaching activities fosters the development and refinement of the resident’s communication skills and knowledge base. This experience can build confidence and promote the effectiveness of the resident as a teacher. Residents will serve as primary preceptors for P-4 pharmacy students from OU College of Pharmacy on clinical rotations, and are expected to serve as role models for these students. In addition, residents will be active in the hospital by participating in activities not limited to didactic lectures for Emergency Medicine residents, nurse residents, interdisciplinary in-services, journal clubs, topic discussions, case studies and small group discussions throughout the year. Residents may also elect to complete the ASHP Teaching Certificate program during the residency year.

Research Project

Each resident is required to develop and complete a research project during their 12-month tenure. Faculty and clinical staff will present project ideas during orientation, and residents will select a research topic based on their clinical interests.  Appropriate preceptor(s) will be selected to mentor and supervise the resident. Residents will develop a formal research proposal and submit the proposal to the Investigational Review Board (IRB) for approval. Each resident will present a poster on their research topic at ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting in the winter and a platform presentation at the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research Conference in the Spring.

Staffing Requirements

PGY-1 residents are required to fulfill the service commitment (staffing) designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as individual, competent clinical practitioners. Each resident will train with preceptors split between clinical and distribution/dispensing duties, which will take place during the first 6 weeks of residency. At the conclusion of the basic training period, the designated preceptor(s) and the resident will mutually determine if the resident is ready to function independently as a pharmacist.

The following staffing requirements generally apply:

  1. Each resident will staff every third Monday from 11:30 to 21:00, beginning the first Monday after Labor Day. 
  2. Each resident will work every third weekend (9 to 10 hour shifts) performing clinical reviews, assisting the clinical specialists with consult patients, and staffing duties.  See weekend duties document for more details.
    • For on-call weekends, the resident will have a pre- weekend day off during the preceding week of work.
  3. After the initial training period, each resident will have one day per month to be used as a research/project day.  The day chosen by the resident should attempt to ensure the best learning experience and should be chosen on a day their primary preceptor for the rotation is not working, if possible.
  4. Each resident will work one major holiday (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day).
    • This obligation will also include staffing consecutive days around whichever holiday they work.
    • The residents not assigned that holiday will have off that day. These days off will not be deducted from the resident’s paid time off (PTO) bank.
  5. All 3 PGY-1 residents will be required to work Memorial Day weekend.


Christopher Brown, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Residency Program Director
Norman Regional Health System
901 N. Porter
Norman, OK 73071
(405) 307-1952