Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tucson Medical Center


The Pharmacy Residency




The Hospital

TMC Phamacy

Application Process

The Pharmacy Residency

The general practice pharmacy residency (PGY1) program started in 1993 and has trained more than 35 pharmacists. Three positions available for a 12-month residency starting in the last week of June.

The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and is part of the ASHP Midyear Residency Showcase and the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

At TMC, residents practice as a respected team member, contributing to the management and development of the entire department. There are many opportunities to work with interdisciplinary teams. We also offer countless teaching opportunities with many different disciplines in a variety of venues with options of teaching certificate programs (community or academic).

Our residency program is unique in that it allows the resident flexibility to individualize the program to meet personal goals and aspirations. Arrangements can be made for special interests. Rotations can also be chosen from the list below. Longitudinal rotations occur for one week every quarter.


  • Adult Medicine
  • Adult Surgery
  • Women’s Health/ Pediatrics/PICU/NICU
  • Adult Intensive Care
  • Administrative/management (longitudinal)
  • Research Project (longitudinal)
  • Physician Office-Based Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • Staffing (two weeks, then every other weekend)


  • Adult Cardiac
  • Nutrition Support
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infectious Disease
  • Intravenous Admixture
  • Emergency Department
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Pain Management Team
  • Adult Neurology
  • Glycemic Management

Teaching opportunities for residents include either a teaching certificate at TMC with a community focus or teaching certificate with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy with an academic focus. There is also mentoring and precepting opportunities with students from the UA and other colleges of pharmacy, facilitating case study, topic discussions and patient presentations, providing educational in-services to inpatient pharmacy, nursing and ancillary staff, as well as the community. A formal one-hour continuing education lecture is presented to the staff along with presentations during rotations.

Staffing is required every other weekend and includes both central verification and clinical duties.

A residency project is required with the summary and results presented at the Western States Residency Conference.

TMC offers many benefits and bonuses to its residents, including:

  • Competitive salary
  • Lunch allowance
  • Accruable paid time off (for vacation and sick leave)
  • Health benefits
  • Educational leave
  • Designated work space in pharmacy -- with computers and cell phones
  • Travel allowance/Registration: ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Western States Residency Conference


The Hospital

Tucson Medical Center is the largest hospital in Southern Arizona with more than 600 beds.

It is a nonprofit community teaching hospital with a fully electronic medical record, barcode medication administration and computerized provider order entry, making it one of the few HIMSS stage 7 hospitals in the world.

TMC provides the following services: level 3 newborn ICU; adult and pediatric ICUs; pediatrics; general medicine; general, orthopedic, neurology and women's surgery; outpatient clinics for wound, pain, cardiac rehabilitation and infusion therapy; level 2 trauma in adult and pediatric emergency; and inpatient and outpatient hospice care.


TMC Pharmacy

TMC Pharmacy is committed to the responsible provision of medication therapy for the purpose of achieving defined outcomes that optimize a patient’s quality of life. Pharmacy provides comprehensive and integrated distributive and clinical pharmacy services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department is fully responsible for processing, delivering and monitoring drug therapy on all patients. Inpatient pharmacy services are organized using a combination of centralized and decentralized patient-focused care models with automated drug availability on all patient care units.

About the Department

  • Staffing includes approximately 40 pharmacists, 40 technicians, three residents and eight interns
  • Clinical services provided in adult medicine, adult surgery, adult cardiac, intensive care areas, women’s care, pediatric and hospice.
  • Specialty services include nutrition support service, antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP), emergency department and a pain management team.
  • Management consists of the pharmacy director, managers of operations, clinical services, business and technicians.
  • Support staff includes electronic health record and automated dispensing system analysts, informatics
    pharmacists, clinical lead pharmacist and computer programmers.


Application Process

The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

We only accept applications through PhORCAS via ASHP at

Applicants will be reviewed and contacted for onsite interviews. The interviews are typically held in late
January and early February. For questions please contact Robert Wolk, Residency Program director, or Eric
Bergstrom, residency coordinator/clinical lead pharmacist.