Pharmacy Residency – Fargo, ND

Grow as a professional while you build clinical and leadership skills at Essentia Health. The Essentia Health-Fargo PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in Fargo, North Dakota can help prepare you for a career in patient-focused pharmaceutical care.

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). This 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 stewardship
  • Anticoagulant dosing and monitoring
  • Geriatric dosage adjustment
  • Intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) conversion
  • Medical emergency response
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Order verification
  • Pharmacokinetic dosage adjustment
  • Renal dose adjustment
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) management


Start your pharmacy residency with a comprehensive 7 week orientation, including:

  • New hire orientation
  • Electronic health record (EHR) system training
  • Introduction to PharmAcademic
  • Introduction to residency program manual and purpose
  • Pharmacy processes and decentralized services
  • Pharmacist competency completion and review

Pharmacy Rotations

Build your skills as a practicing pharmacist during rotation assignments that span a variety of departments at Essentia Health-Fargo.

Required Rotations

Build foundational skills through core clinical rotations:

  • Critical Care I
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Management

Each required rotation is 5 weeks in length. 

Elective Rotations

Explore your interests and a variety of specialties during elective rotations. Select electives in:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care II
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology

Each elective rotation is 4 weeks in length. 

Longitudinal Rotations

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

  • Education and precepting (48 weeks, 1 day per month)
  • Drug information (48 weeks, 1 hour weekly)
  • Research in coordination with the Essentia Health Institute of Rural Health (48 weeks, 1 hour weekly)
  • Staffing (52 weeks, 8-hour shifts every other weekend)
  • Nutrition (52 weeks, 1 hour weekly)

Research & Learning Experiences

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

Develop the skills to provide comprehensive, unbiased, evidence-based medication information as you:

  • Participate in a research module—a structured, collaborative opportunity to learn and apply principles of academic research—through the residency research program
  • Build a drug monograph or drug class review
  • Complete a medication-use evaluation (MUE)
  • Provide drug therapy information to pharmacy staff and other health care professionals through journal clubs, case presentations, and discussions
  • Help develop policies to standardize practices and improve medication use safety
  • Serve on a variety of committees

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 every other weekend

Start Your Application

See deadlines and application requirements for the Essentia Health-Fargo Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.


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