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How to Apply for the Pharmacy Practice Residency

Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY-1)

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Applying to the Residency

Applicants must submit the following materials by the second Friday in January for the application year:

  1. transcript from college of pharmacy;
  2. curriculum vitae; 
  3. letter of intent; and
  4. three letters of recommendation

Mercy Health Saint Mary's will accept all applications through the Pharmacy Online Residency Application Service (PhORCAS). Further details are available at the PhORCAS section of the ASHP website ( Please do not send application materials via mail or e-mail them directly to the residency program director (RPD).

The PhORCAS system provides a standard resident recommendation form that is required as part of the application. This form needs to be completed and uploaded by those from whom a reference is required. In addition to the form, persons providing a recommendation for a candidate should upload a separate, personalized letter of recommendation into the PhORCAS system.

Final candidates must participate in an onsite interview. Most interviews are scheduled in late January or early February. During the four-hour interview, the candidate will meet separately with the RPD, director of pharmacy, inpatient manager, and groups of preceptors (including current residents).

The Residency Match

The Mercy Health Saint Mary's residency program participates in and follows all the rules for the ASHP National Matching Program (rules can be found at As such, this residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. All applicants must also be participants in this program and abide by all of its rules.