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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

About Boulder Community Health

scanning a prescription Boulder Community Health is a licensed 178-bed facility offering a comprehensive range of services for the region. BCH is a level II trauma center, is nationally certified as a primary stroke center, has a certified joint replacement program, and has received national recognition for best practices in patient safety and integrated healthcare.

The Boulder Community Health Pharmacy is a full-service inpatient pharmacy with a staff of 30 pharmacists and 15 technicians. Pharmacy services provided at BCH include decentralized clinical monitoring and rounding, inpatient and outpatient medication education, pharmacokinetic dosing service, anticoagulation therapy management, sterile compounding, outpatient infusion services, and education to nursing and physician staff. Pharmacists also offer medication education for BCH’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation outpatients as well as other community education.

The Pharmacy Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Clinical pharmacy services are provided 7 days per week. In addition, the BCH pharmacy manages outlying freestanding ED’s and Urgent Care Clinics. BCH serves as an advanced practice site for pharmacy students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 in the community, all residency interviews will be conducted virtually until further notice.

Program Overview

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, to prepare them for board certification, and postgraduate year two pharmacy residency training.

The 12-month accredited ASHP post-graduate program is designed to provide two residents each year with the knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, and critical thinking skills necessary to become leaders in integrated health-system pharmacy practice. The program is structured to allow the resident to develop skills in many areas based on ASHP accreditation standards as well as individual needs and preferences.

The pharmacy residency provides experience in a variety of settings including, direct patient care, informatics, medication safety, and practice management while also allowing flexibility to meet individual preferences. The program is staffed by highly trained and respected clinical practitioners who are allotted dedicated time in their area of practice. Upon completion of the program, the clinical pharmacist will be ready to apply his or her skills indirect patient care, exhibit excellent decision-making skills, and provide education and leadership in the care of the patient.

Requirements for Acceptance

  • PharmD graduate of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy or one in the process of pursuing accreditation. BCH does not accept applicants who have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
  • Eligibility for licensure in Colorado.
  • Completed application, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, three letters of reference through PHORCAS, letter of intent and supplemental essay.

BCH requires a supplemental essay. Please be sure to include this document in addition to the standard requirements. Essay instructions: In one page, single space, 12 point font, please address the following question: A critical patient presents with a life-threatening condition to BCH. A physician informs you of a new medication that may prolong this patient's life. The medication is not on formulary however, the physician wants to start treatment immediately. How do you approach the situation? Explain your rationale for recommending to either obtain or not to obtain the medication.

To view the complete 2020-21 Pharmacy Residency Program manual, click here.

Pharmacy studentsNew Residents

Sara Dellinger, PharmD

  • University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Aurora, Colorado
  • Project: TBD
  • Contact: SDellinger@bch.org

Kelley Nguyen, PharmD

  • Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Project: TBD
  • Contact: KeNguyen@bch.org

Past Residents: Where are they now?

Katelyn Barrett, PharmD

  • Clinical Pharmacist at Boulder Community Health

J. Benjamin Hill, PharmD

  • PGY2 Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine at the University of Colorado

Austin Hinkel, PharmD, BCPS - PGY1 Resident 2018 - 2019

  • Clinical Pharmacist at Boulder Community Health

Josephine Giang, PharmD, BCPS – PGY1 Resident 2017 – 2018

  • Clinical Pharmacist at Boulder Community Health

Sara Mirzaei, PharmD, BCPS – PGY1 Resident 2017-2018

  • Completed Medication Safety PGY2 at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Medication Safety Pharmacist at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Clinical Pharmacist at Boulder Community Health

Contact Information

Christopher Zielenski
PharmD BCPS Residency Program Director
czielenski@bch.org
303-415-7756

Casey Diekmann
PharmD Pharmacy Director
cdiekmann@bch.org
303-415-7774

COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Boulder Community Health offers the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. You can self-schedule appointments using the free MyBCH patient portal. Learn more about our vaccination process on our general vaccine information page.

For updates related to COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 page.