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What does a “normal” week for a resident look like?

Because all learning experiences are longitudinal, several of them run concurrently. Because of this, residents are tasked with managing their schedule to balance their myriad duties each week, with priority given to patient care activities – a structure/environment that closely mimics post-residency pharmacy practice and builds the important skills of managing both time and multiple responsibilities.

For the 2022-2023 program we have two 6-month blocks. During Block 1, there is a focus on the Anticoagulation (ACC) and Medication Management (refill authorizations and drug information) learning experiences. During Block 2, the focus shifts to the Diabetes (DM) and Transitions of Care (TOC) learning experiences. Several other experiences span both Blocks: Teaching and Education, the Residency Project, Medication Distribution, and Leadership and Practice Management.

If selected, residents would complete an optional elective during Block 2. The general weekly schedule looks something like this:

Where do the residents practice?

While a few weeks of orientation and training occur at the Anticoagulation & Medication Clinic at the hospital (Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett), residents spend the majority of their time practicing at the Providence Medical Building (PMB) in Monroe, Washington, which is located about 30 minutes southeast of Everett.

Do the residents have their own work space or office?

The clinic layout is entirely open-concept, and all caregivers (providers, RNs, pharmacists, social workers, MAs, etc.) have desks in an open common area. Each resident is given a desk within the clinic, immersed with the rest of the healthcare team.

Where do residents usually live?

Monroe is located in western Washington, about 45 minutes northeast of Seattle and less than an hour from the Cascade mountain range. Our residents often live in areas west or southwest of Monroe, in cities such as Woodinville, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Bothell, and northern Seattle.

Are there any inpatient rotations or learning experiences in this residency program?

No. Our program is completely focused on outpatient pharmacy practice.

What types of residency projects have been done in the past?

Project topics are selected based on the needs of the clinic or the ambulatory pharmacy department, often evaluate a new or current pharmacy service, and are instrumental in ongoing quality improvement for our services. Check out the “Our Residents” page for a list of past residents and their projects.

What types of positions do residents find after completing this residency program?

Our residents are often selected for clinical pharmacy positions after graduating from our program. Check out the “Our Residents” page for a list of past residents and their post-residency positions.

How do you support resident wellness?

Mental wellness, avoiding burnout, and general work-life balance are critically important. We want our residents to thrive in our program, and recognize that this is simply not possible without proper wellness and balance. We strongly encourage residents to reach out and be open about what they need and how we can best support them. We like balancing professionalism with a healthy amount of fun.

From a scheduling standpoint, staffing weekends are balanced with a day off during the week plus an away-from-the-clinic project day. Residents are also provided with scheduled (and paid) time off during the year, as well as time off on several holidays (each resident is expected to staff two out of seven total observed holidays). In addition to support within the program, Providence as an organization also provides a number of excellent resources centered on self-care, burnout, self-guided wellness, and mental health support for all of its caregivers.

How many resident positions are available for this program?


What is the timeline for interviews?

Please see our "How to Apply" page.