PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 

The Candler Hospital PGY1 residency program, hosted by St Joseph’s/Candler, is designed to train highly motivated and qualified pharmacists in clinical pharmacy. This residency focuses on development of the knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to provide quality, compassionate and cost-effective pharmaceutical care. Our program is a flexible, broad-based, practice-oriented experience. 

It is expected that the resident will acquire a diversified clinical training experience applicable to the various areas of pharmacy practice based on their goals and engagement with rotations. 

Key features of our program include outstanding residency preceptors who are committed to the professional development of the residents and maintain faculty appointments with University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, extensive opportunities to precept and mentor Doctor of Pharmacy students from several schools, and an overall focus on the development of autonomous practitioners equipped to provide evidence-based direct practice care. 

Learning Experiences

This 52-week residency is divided into a number of core and elective learning experiences (rotations) that are scheduled to accommodate the resident's specific career goals while assuring that the resident acquires a well-rounded clinical training experience. With the exception of the orientation period, the sequence of the rotations is individualized to direct the development of the based on meeting both resident goals and ASHP standards. Experiential training is paired with mentorship, scheduled developmental assessment, planning and feedback.

Required Core Rotations

  • Orientation/Training (four weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks at each hospital)
  • Critical Care (4 weeks at each hospital)
  • Infectious Diseases (four weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (four weeks)
  • Cardiology (four weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (four weeks)
  • Hematology/Oncology (four weeks)
  • Administrative/Management (two weeks)
  • Research (two weeks)
  • Precepting (occurs concurrently with another rotation)

Longitudinal Rotations/Requirements 

  • Medication Safety/Performance Improvement (Quarterly Responsibility)
  • Pharmacy Staffing (July-June)
  • Pharmacy Practice Research (August-June)
  • Committee Involvement  (September – June)
  • Teaching in Pharmacy Practice/UGA Graduate Certificate (July – June)
  • Transitions of Care (October – June)

Elective Rotations (one of each)

  • Physician Specialty Practice Rotation (4 weeks)
    • Neuro Critical Care
    • Outpatient Oncology
    • Repeat Required Rotation with MD Focus
  • Pharmacy Specialty Practice Rotation (4 weeks)
    • Academia (South University or UGA Savannah Campus)
    • Neonatology
    • International Medical Mission (10 days during other elective)
    • Others as requested/available may be developed with existing preceptors

Residency Benefits

Residents are paid a competitive stipend for the 52-week residency year. Participation in health, dental and vision insurance benefits is an option available to the resident. Residents must complete physical and health screening examinations prior to starting the residency year. Resident expenses of attending professional meetings/seminars to include the ASHP Midyear Meeting, Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC) and the Spring GSHP. Membership in GSHP is paid by the health system; membership in ASHP is maintained by the resident.

Pharmacist Licensure

The resident will obtain state licensure as a Georgia Registered Pharmacist.  Unless the resident is able to obtain state licensure as a Georgia Registered Pharmacist prior to the beginning of residency, the resident must obtain a Georgia Pharmacy Intern license, or a Georgia Temporary License if the resident has a prior license in another state by July 1st. Residents are expected to obtain authorization to sit for and take the NAPLEX, MPJE, Georgia Practical Exam and any other required licensing exam within a time frame such that they will obtain Georgia licensure by exam or reciprocity by September 1st  of the residency year.  Residents may be asked to provide documentation of authorization to sit for each exam as well as documentation of passing each exam.

The process to become licensed in the state of Georgia begins by requesting the appropriate information from the State Board of Pharmacy. It takes time to receive the information and application. Deadlines vary depending on whether an applicant is obtaining an intern license, reciprocating a pharmacist license or obtaining a new pharmacist license through score transfer of NAPLEX results. Both reciprocating and new pharmacist licensees are required to take the Georgia version of the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE). In addition, new licensees and reciprocating licensees are required to take the Georgia Pharmacy Practical Exam. The Practical Exam is traditionally administered in June and August each year.

Our expectation is that a resident will obtain Georgia licensure as a pharmacist no later than September 30th of the residency year. The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy can be contacted by phone at (404) 651-8000 or by visiting their website at

We are very excited about our residency program and all that it has to offer. If you require further information or have questions please email at

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