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Pharmacy Residency Program

Training Tomorrow’s Top Pharmacists

At Our Lady of the Lake, we offer post-graduate education to develop clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Our commitment to quality education prepares pharmacists to become highly qualified independent practitioners.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The post-graduate year one (PGY1) program allows residents to deliver evidence-based, cost-effective care in unit-based and multidisciplinary settings. PGY1 residents hone their leadership and project management skills through participation in practice-based research and departmental and organizational quality improvement initiatives. Residents who complete this program are eligible for board certification and eligible for PGY2 residency training.

PGY2 Critical Care Residency

The post-graduate year two (PGY2) program prepares residents to become competent critical care pharmacy specialists with exposure to a wide variety of critically ill patient populations. Residents have opportunities to function independently as a practitioner to provide improved patient outcomes and assist in quality improvement initiatives for the institution. Duties include but are not limited to: a longitudinal research project, formal presentations, in-services, medication use evaluations, drug monographs, precepting of pharmacy students and PGY1 residents and medication safety management. Our PGY2 residents provide care for patients in medical, surgical, cardiovascular, trauma, neuroscience, pediatric and neonatal intensive care settings. Residents also gain experience in emergency medicine and infectious diseases.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted no later than January 3, 2024. For more information about PGY1, contact Haley Cockroft Smith, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Pharmacy Residency Program Director, via email at or by phone at (225) 374-3768. For information about PGY2, please contact Emily Johnston, PharmD, BCCCP, Pharmacy Residency Program Director, via email at or by phone at (225) 374-6779

Meet Our Preceptors

Our experienced practitioners provide supervision during clinical practice and facilitate the application of theory to practice for students in our pharmacy residency program.

Meet Our Residents

Our pharmacy residents are trained to become well-rounded, independent clinicians who find success in a variety of post-residency positions.

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