Pharmacy Residency (Ambulatory) – Duluth, MN

Build on your pharmacy school education, gain clinical experience, and grow as a professional while you enhance clinical and leadership skills at Essentia Health. The Essentia Health Pharmacy Residency Program in Duluth, Minnesota, is focused on ambulatory care within a health-system and can help prepare you for a career in patient-focused pharmaceutical care.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Accredited since 2006, by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), in collaboration with the University of MN, Essentia Health has taken steps to internalize our residency program and is working to meet national standards for quality and obtaining accreditation.

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

  • A pharmacist clinician role within an ambulatory care setting
  • A community-based pharmacist role with emphasis in clinical care
  • 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 members of Essentia Health while you work with members of the Pharmacy, Primary Care and Medical Specialty teams to provide safe, efficient, cost-effective patient care, including:

  • Medication Therapy Management and Comprehensive Medication Reviews
  • Disease State Management
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Hyperlipidemia
    • Osteoporosis
    • Tobacco Cessation
    • Opioid Tapering and Discontinuing
  • Transitional Care Management
  • Contracted Payer Registry Management


Start your pharmacy residency with a comprehensive orientation, including:

  • New hire orientation
  • Electronic health record (EHR) system training (EPIC)
  • Introduction to Residency Learning System (RLS) and PharmAcademic
  • Pharmacy processes and dispensing practices
  • 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-Duluth.

Required Rotations

Build foundational skills through core clinical rotations:

  • Ambulatory Care
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Duluth Family Medicine Clinic – Medical Residency Program
  • Transitions of Care

Elective Rotations

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

  • Ambulatory Care – Focused Chronic Disease Management
  • Population Health
  • Transitions of Care / Meds-To-Beds
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Anticoagulation
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Retail Pharmacy Services
  • Acute Care
  • Administration

Longitudinal Rotations

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

  • Education and precepting
  • Drug information
  • Pharmacy administration and leadership
  • Research in coordination with the Essentia Health Institute of Rural Health
  • Staffing

Teaching Experience

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

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 through the residency research program
  • Build a drug monograph or drug class review
  • Complete a medication-use evaluation (MUE)
  • Participate in clinical and quality improvement projects
  • 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 (e.g. medication safety, quality improvement, etc)

Staffing Opportunities

Apply your pharmaceutical knowledge and distribution skills by practicing as a pharmacist during regular shifts at an Essentia ambulatory pharmacy with opportunity to consider casual shifts if desired.


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