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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

scanning a prescription Boulder Community Health's Foothills Hospital is a licensed 178-bed facility and a level II trauma center offering a comprehensive range of services for the region. Boulder Community Health also features a nationally-certified 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 25 pharmacists and 11 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.

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.

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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 residents 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 in direct 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: Describe a time when you failed. What was the outcome? How did you respond? How has this affected you today? Looking back, what would you have done differently?

Click here to view the complete 2020-21 Pharmacy Residency Program manual.

Pharmacy studentsNew Resident

Jena Rathert, PharmD

  • South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, Brookings, South Dakota
  • Project: "The Impact of a Pharmacist-driven Intervention on Rates of Sedation Vacations in the Intensive Care Unit"
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Past Residents: Where are they now?

Sara Dellinger, PharmD

  • PGY2 Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia

Kelley Nguyen, PharmD

  • PGY2 Emergency Medicine at Renown Regional Medical Center

Katelyn Barrett, PharmD, BCPS – PGY1 Resident 2019-2020

  • Clinical Pharmacist at Boulder Community Health

J. Benjamin Hill, PharmD - PGY1 Resident 2019-2020

  • Completed Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine PGY2 at the University of Colorado
  • Ambulatory Clinical Specialist at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

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

Contact Information

Christopher Zielenski
PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Residency Program Director

Casey Diekmann
PharmD, Pharmacy Director