Pharmacy Residency Program | St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Residency Program Overview

This PGY1 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 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Pharmacists completing this residency will be able to provide proficient, confident and compassionate pharmaceutical care to a broad spectrum of patient populations, with a strong emphasis in acute patient care. Rotation opportunities include internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, and practice management and leadership along with several options for elective rotations. Through projects and research activities, residents will be able to advance practice and improve patient care at St. Luke's, and leadership and management skills will be developed through experiential and didactic activities with the pharmacy leadership team. St. Luke's also has a strong relationship with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and residents will gain advanced knowledge of precepting and teaching future pharmacy professionals through their teaching certificate program.
Program Summary
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of Positions: 2
  • Application deadline: the Friday following January 1
  • Starting date: Early July
  • Estimated stipend: $47,500
  • Paid Vacation Days: 15
Upon completion of this PGY1 residency, the pharmacist will:
  • Demonstrate proficiency, confidence, and compassion in providing pharmaceutical care to multiple patient populations.
  • Design, conduct and evaluate investigations of pharmacy practice-related issues.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and maturity in all aspects of practice.
  • Exhibit proficiency and confidence in all areas of pharmacy practice, including drug provision, distribution, and pharmacy management.
  • Educate patients and health care providers on effective and safe medication use.
  • Manage the medication use process including programs to promote patient safety.
  • Competently and efficiently teach pharmacy students in both didactic and experiential settings.

Application Information

  1. Resident candidates must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (or equivalent) from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
  2. Resident candidates shall be licensed to practice pharmacy in the state of Iowa or be eligible to obtain licensure within 90 days after the start of the residency year.
  3. Resident candidates shall adhere to the rules of the resident matching program process.
  4. Resident candidates shall meet all other pre-employment requirements for UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids including, but not limited to, a pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials via PhORCAS is the Friday following January 1. Interviews will be scheduled in January or February. As a part of each interview, candidates will be required to present a 20-minute presentation (journal club, patient case study, new medication overview, etc.) and / or participate in a clinical case work-up.
Accreditation & the Match
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The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has an accreditation candidate status with ASHP. As such, we participate in the ASHP residency matching process. Applicants must be enrolled in the match to be considered for this program. More information about the ASHP residency matching process may be obtained at: