Pharmacy Residency – Duluth, MN

Build on your pharmacy school education, gain clinical experience, and grow as a professional at Essentia Health. The Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center Acute Pharmacy Residency Program in Duluth, Minnesota, can help prepare you for a career in patient-focused pharmaceutical care.

Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Receive education and training that meets national quality standards. Our postgraduate year one residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). That means you’ll be eligible to take your board examinations more quickly and you’ll be a more competitive candidate during your job search.

Upon completing your residency, you’ll be qualified for:

  • A clinical staff position in an acute care setting
  • An adjunct faculty position at a college of pharmacy
  • Postgraduate year two (PGY2) training in a focused area of practice

Be Part of the Care Team

Benefit from opportunities to collaborate with health care professionals at Essentia to provide safe, efficient, cost-effective patient care, including:

  • Antimicrobial (including antibiotic) stewardship
  • Blood thinner dosing and monitoring
  • Code Blue response
  • Geriatric dosage adjustment
  • Intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) conversion
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Order verification
  • Pharmacokinetic dosage adjustment
  • Renal dose adjustment
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) management

Pharmacy Rotations

Develop skills as a practicing pharmacist during rotation assignments across a variety of departments at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Required Rotations

Build foundational skills through core clinical rotations:

  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Critical care (6 weeks)
  • Orientation (2 weeks)
  • Hospital pharmacy practice (6 weeks)
  • Medical and surgical care (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (4 weeks)
  • Oncology supportive care (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations

Explore your interests, gain exposure to a wide range of specialties, or get additional experience in an area you enjoy with three elective rotations. All are 4 weeks. Select from:

  • Ambulatory care (4 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship (4 weeks)
  • Behavioral health (4 weeks)
  • Critical access and rural hospitals (4 weeks)
  • Critical care (4 weeks)
  • Emergency medicine (4 weeks)
  • Medical and surgical care (4 weeks)
  • Transitions of care (4 weeks)

Longitudinal Rotations

Participate in ongoing learning experiences throughout your residency year with longitudinal rotations in:

  • Pharmacy administration/leadership (11 months)
  • Teaching (10 months)
  • Research (11 months)
  • Drug information (12 months)

Teaching Experience

Get experience as an instructor during a semester as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota Duluth College of Pharmacy.

Research Experience

Take advantage of weekly protected research time to complete a research module—a structured, collaborative opportunity to learn and apply principles of academic research.

Project Experience

Spend approximately seven weeks participating in projects, such as:

  • Clinical projects
  • Administrative projects
  • Formulary medication or class review
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Journal clubs
  • Case presentations
  • Committee membership

Staffing Opportunities

Apply your pharmaceutical knowledge and distribution skills by practicing as a pharmacist during regular shifts at an Essentia pharmacy. You’ll work:

  • Clinical shifts on every third weekend
  • Staffing shifts every third Monday afternoon
  • Two holidays, such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, or Memorial Day

Start your Application

See deadlines and application requirements for the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.


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