Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Post-Graduate
Year One Pharmacy Residency

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency  

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s post-graduate year one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency trains pharmacists to provide care for a varied patient population and serve as core members of multidisciplinary patient care teams. After completing our program, residents can work in acute care settings or seek specialized training as part of a post-graduate year two residency program.


Our PGY1 residency program trains and educates residents in contemporary pharmacy practice in a community-hospital setting so they may:

  • Function effectively as pharmacists on health care teams
  • Identify, prevent and resolve medication-related problems for patients in acute health care settings
  • Gain skills in and contribute to teaching and research
  • Master personal development skills for life-long learning and professional growth
  • Utilize practice management skills to promote the rational and safe use of medications

Learning Experiences and Rotations

Required Learning Experiences and Rotations

  • Anticoagulation*
  • Critical care (Medical or Cardiac)
  • Infectious disease/antimicrobial stewardship
  • Internal medicine
  • Nutrition support
  • Orientation
  • Pharmacy practice experience*
  • Practice management
  • Quality improvement*
  • Research*
  • Teaching*
*Longitudinal rotation

Elective Learning Experiences  

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Bone marrow transplantation*
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU
  • Drug information*
  • Emergency medicine
  • Evening ICU
  • Heart failure
  • Informatics
  • Leukemia*
  • Medical oncology (inpatient or outpatient)*
  • Neonatology**
  • Neuro Critical Care*/**
  • Outpatient infectious disease
  • Solid organ transplant (liver, kidney/pancreas, or heart/lung)*
*Offered at Emory University Hospital
**Offered at Emory University Hospital Midtown

Projects and Responsibilities

Research project: Residents design, develop and complete an original research project, including a final manuscript of research results. To expand understanding of and compliance with research requirements, residents also complete an Emory Institutional Review Board (IRB)-certified module. Residents present their projects at the Southeastern Residency Conference in April of their residency year.

Journal club: Residents present current journal articles each month and interact with other residents from other programs in the area by participating in an Atlanta Area Resident Journal Club held every other month.

Code response: All PGY1 residents receive ACLS training and certification and respond to medical emergencies on a rotating basis and during their weekend staffing shifts.

Medication-use evaluation: Residents develop and complete a medication-use evaluation during the year and present their findings to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Grand rounds presentation: Residents prepare a 60-minute presentation for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit on approved topics.

Staffing: Residents gain experience in the pharmacy’s medication distribution system by staffing in the central pharmacy area every other weekend.

Pharmacokinetics: Residents provide pharmacokinetic services throughout the year. Residents are responsible for kinetics coverage of their service as well as weekend kinetics every other weekend.

Teaching: In addition to providing in-services during rotations, residents may assist in precepting fourth-year pharmacy students from Mercer Pharmacy School. Residents serve as facilitators for the introductory pharmacy practice experience for third-year pharmacy students. Additionally, residents may complete a pharmacy teaching certificate program offered by Mercer Pharmacy School.

Licensure and Compensation

Licensure: Residents must obtain Georgia Pharmacist Licensure by Sept. 15.

Evaluations: Residents should complete all evaluations in a timely manner.

Compensation: Residents receive a $54,000/year salary, plus medical, dental, vision and 401K benefits.

Professional Development 

Residents receive financial support to attend the following conferences:

Midyear Clinical Meeting – Residents represent Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital at the Residency Showcase and present their initial research project results as a poster presentation.

Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC) – Held in late spring in Athens, Georgia, SERC is one of the largest and oldest residency conferences in the country. Residents give the results of their research projects during platform presentations at SERC.

Contact Info

For more information, please contact the program director.

Program Director

Kelly Ouellette, PharmD, BCPS
Department of Pharmacy
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 678-843-7665
Email: kelly.ouellette@emoryhealthcare.org