PGY1 Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy


Thank you for your interest in our ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Residency. For over 45 years our program has been training residents to become confident and highly skilled practitioners equipped with the knowledge and abilities to meet the challenges facing pharmacy practice both now and in the future. We measure our success each year through the ability of our graduates to obtain the most competitive specialty residencies, fellowships, academic, and clinical positions available. Our commitment to continued excellence guarantees that our program will only strengthen in the future.  The residency selection process is an important professional decision, and an investment that will reap rewards for many years to come. We are pleased that you are interested in the Duke PGY1 Residency and hope that you complete an application to our program.

General Information

Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Pharmacists completing the PGY1 Residency at Duke University Hospital will become highly skilled and confident practitioners of direct patient care in multiple patient-care environments, equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of current and future pharmacy practice. All residents will be accountable and responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the health care team. These pharmacists will develop and exercise skill and proficiency in educating other health-care professionals, patients, and the community on drug-related topics. They will demonstrate professional maturity by developing and following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring and assessing their own performance, and exhibiting a commitment to the profession.


  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics

Program Leadership

Beth McLendon-Arvik, Pharm.D., serves as the Director of the Duke University Hospital PGY1 Residency. Dr. Arvik began her career at Duke in 1996 as a Drug Information Specialist. She has been actively involved with the residency program for the past 24 years.

A PGY1 Residency Advisory Committee provides support and serve as advocates for the residents and help review progress of the residents and support change as needed.   There is a Program Coordinator assigned to each resident to help develop their customized plan for the year and to provide feedback and guide the resident’s plan to meet established goals and objectives

Learning Experiences

For a detailed list of PGY1 rotations and the PGY1 calendar, view our Rotations page

Application Information

Applications for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency are due January 1.  For more information, please visit our Application Information page on the left sidebar or feel free to email one of the current PGY1 residents



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