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, a designated Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and advanced cardiovascular care at The Heart Hospital. It is also a training site for pharmacy, nursing and medical students, residents and fellows in cardiology, pulmonary and critical care.

Our mission is to graduate residents with the experience necessary to practice in a wide variety of hospital, and clinic-based settings 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.

Pharmacy rotations

A solid and excellent clinical and pharmacy operation foundation is developed through robust clinical experiences in areas such as internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, emergency medicine, infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, teaching and clinical research. In addition, dynamic management and medication safety rotations are offered as well.

Required core rotations:

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

Elective rotations:

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

Longitudinal rotations:

  • 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 currently affiliated with several pharmacy schools. We accept pharmacy students for IPPE and APPE rotations. During these rotations, pharmacy students have the opportunity to work with residents, while rotating in areas such as cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, internal medicine, management and advanced hospital.

Research opportunities

A major research project will be developed under the guidance of the research committee. The research will be presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition and TSHP Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference. A final research manuscript suitable for publication is required.

Medication-use evaluation: Development and completion of a medication-use evaluation (MUE) will be performed on the management learning experience.

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 5pm CST

Application requirements:

  • Application submission via PhORCAS
  • Letter of intent
  • College of pharmacy transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of 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
  • Certificates: BLS, ACLS, teaching certificate

Get to Know the Team

Laura Blackburn, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
Program Director


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