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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Residency Program Director

Joseph Berndsen

Joseph A. Berndsen, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist Lead-Anticoagulation
PGY1 Residency Program Director

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Program description

Our pharmacy residency is a 12-month, full-time, post graduate year one (PGY1) training program. Our training program is designed to develop knowledge and encourage clinical leadership. You will refine clinical problem-solving skills, build confidence, and work with other members of the healthcare team to deliver the highest standard of patient care. We prepare you for successful practice in various patient care positions, PGY2 training, and board certification.

Required rotations

  • Administration
  • Advanced Practice Rotation
  • Cardiology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical ICU
  • Orientation
  • Pediatrics

Elective rotations

  • Intensive Care Nursery
  • Investigation Drug Services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain/Palliative Care
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Repeat of any core rotation
  • Surgical ICU
  • Trauma ICU
  • Other opportunities may be available based on individual interests

Longitudinal rotations

  • Ambulatory Care
    • Ambulatory Care Clinic
    • Solid Organ Transplant
    • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Anticoagulation Transitions of Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Drug Information and Medical Writing
  • Longitudinal Research Project
  • Medication Safety
  • Medication Use Evaluation (6 months)
  • Staffing

Additional responsibilities

Longitudinal research project

You will complete one longitudinal research project throughout the residency year. This project may be original research or a development/enhancement of pharmacy services. Completed results will be presented as a poster presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference in May. In addition, you will complete a manuscript suitable for publication.

Medication use evaluation

You will complete one medication usage evaluation during the first half of the residency year. You will present your completed MUE results at ASHP Midyear/Vizient meetings via a poster presentation.

Continuing education

You will present four local pharmacist continuing education seminars throughout the year. One seminar presentation will be ACPE accredited. Also, you will complete one local technician continuing education presentation, as well as a continuing education presentation at a state pharmacy society meeting.


You will staff two decentralized swing shifts (1:30 to 10:00 pm) per month, as well as one-weekend shift per month. Additionally, you will staff three hospital-recognized holidays. You may be called on to help cover up to five pharmacist sick calls per year.

Teaching certificate

You will have an opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program. We determine the provider of the teaching certificate program on a yearly basis. You are not required to participate in this program.

APPE pharmacy student precepting

You will co-precept one APPE pharmacy student on their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Rotation in June. The focus of the rotation will be on internal medicine.


Stipend: $47,486

Earned Time:

  • Sick days: 4 days
  • Holidays: 4 days
  • Vacation days: 10 days
  • Interview days: 5 days

Professional Travel:

  • ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting
  • Eastern States Regional Residency Program

How to apply

Please submit all application materials via PhORCAS.

Application deadline: January 1st

Must have a valid pharmacy license to practice in the state of New Hampshire by August 1st.

Application submission:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhORCAS Residency Program Application
  • ASHP Residency Matching Program registration