At HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake, the educational training and environment prepares our residents for a lifetime of learning. This program is designed for the graduate who intends to pursue hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy practice, or a postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) specialty pharmacy residency.

HCA Houston Clear Lake is a full-service, acute-care hospital that has been providing high-quality, comprehensive healthcare to the Bay Area Houston region since 1972. Our hospital is equipped with a Level II Trauma Center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designated Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and advanced cardiovascular care.

Our goal is to graduate residents with the experience necessary to practice in the acute care setting caring for a variety of patient populations and pursue additional specialist training. Our program prepares the pharmacy resident to eventually become board certified, through the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS).

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate year 1 (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 PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

Learning experiences

An excellent clinical foundation is developed through robust clinical pharmacy experiences in areas such as internal medicine, infectious diseases, critical care, cardiology, and emergency medicine. Project management and research skills are developed through the research, management, and medication safety experiences. Pharmacy operations experience is obtained through the longitudinal staffing experience. Presentation skills are developed on almost all rotations with a variety of types of presentations and audiences including the grand rounds experience.

Required core learning experiences:

  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Pharmacy administration and management

Elective learning experiences:

  • Cardiovascular critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Healthcare improvement and innovation
  • Health system administration
  • Infectious diseases II
  • Internal medicine II
  • Neurotrauma

Longitudinal learning experiences (required):

  • Staffing (every third weekend and one major holiday)
  • Research
  • Medication safety
  • Teaching certificate
  • Grand rounds

Teaching opportunities

As part of the program, residents will participate in the University of Houston College of Pharmacy teaching certificate.

HCA Houston Clear Lake is a rotation site for pharmacy students, and we are affiliated with several pharmacy schools. We accept pharmacy students for IPPE as well as APPE rotations in areas such as cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, internal medicine, management and advanced hospital. The residents will have the opportunity to obtain their Texas State Board of Pharmacy preceptor license during the second half of the residency year and may precept available students.

Research opportunities

A major research project will be developed through the research committee and conducted by the resident with the guidance of research advisors. The research will be presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition and ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Conference. A final research manuscript suitable for publication is required.

Past research projects:

  • Impact of rapid organism identification on antibiotic de-prescribing in patients with gram-negative bacteremia
  • Analysis of hypoglycemia management and medical record documentation of rescue agent administration
  • A retrospective study evaluating the clinical impact of oral step-down therapy for gram-negative bacteremia
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis for early onset pneumonia in cardiac arrest patients receiving targeted temperature management

Eligibility and application

Our program accepts three residents per year. Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited School of Pharmacy or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Foreign-educated pharmacists must earn their professional degree from a five-year curriculum program.

  • Phase I application deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021
  • Phase II application deadline (if applicable): Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:00pm CST

Application requirements:

  • Application submission via PhORCAS
  • Letter of intent
  • College of pharmacy transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Participation in the NMS-ASHP Resident Matching Program

Benefits package

Pharmacy residents will receive a stipend of $55,000 in addition to the following benefits:

  • Medical and dental insurance plan, with flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • 401(k) plan

Get to Know the Team

Residency Program Director

Laura Blackburn, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM

Residency Program Coordinator

Hannah Ehrenfeld, PharmD, BCPS

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