HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood offers a 12-month Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program. During this time, residents are involved in high-quality patient-centered care, medication use policy, leadership and practice management, project management, education of healthcare providers and trainees, and medical emergencies. The purpose of the PGY1-Pharmacy Residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, who are eligible for board certification as well as postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Kingwood PGY1 pharmacy residency program overview

The program is set to tentatively start on July 6, 2020 and end on July 2, 2021. It may be modified to accommodate interests in pursuing PGY2 or fellowships.


Duration of rotations: 5-week blocks with the exception of possibly one 2-week mini-rotation

Required core rotations:

  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care - Medical ICU
  • Infectious Diseases

Elective rotations (3):

  • Antimicrobial Management Program
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care - Cardiovascular/Neuro ICU
  • Critical Care - Trauma ICU
  • Critical Care - Pediatrics & Neonatal ICU
  • Medication Use Policy
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership and Clinical Services at HCA Gulf Coast Division
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy - Ambulatory Care

Teaching opportunities

  • Residents have the option of participating in University of Houston College of Pharmacy's Teaching and Scholarship in Academia Program to earn a teaching certificate
  • Residents co-precept students on clinical rotations
    • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
    • University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
    • Residents must obtain their preceptor license once eligible
  • Contribute to Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency programs in General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Podiatry

Longitudinal service

  • Weekend distributive functions provide necessary training for the resident and are a requirement of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) residency accreditation standard. During the residency year, residents work in various areas in the department including IV admixtures, unit dose, and centralized and decentralized clinical coverage. The commitment is every other weekend.
  • The annual service commitment includes three holidays.
  • Various longitudinal projects such as a discharge counseling, quality improvement projects, outcomes-based research project, and medication use evaluations

Application requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in or a graduate of an ACPE-accredited PharmD program
  • Be a licensed pharmacist in the state of Texas by Aug 31, 2020
  • Participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program

Applicants must upload the following to PhORCAS by Friday, Jan 3, 2020:

  • Curriculum vitae
    • Include completed and anticipated advanced pharmacy practice experience rotations
    • Include leadership and organizational involvement
  • Letter of intent
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • A minimum of three references/letters of recommendations
    • All references must be from preceptors or advisors able to speak to clinical problem-solving in direct patient care or research experiences
    • References must comment on the following characteristics:
      • Ability to organize and manage time
      • Ability to work with peers and independently
      • Inter-professional communication skills
      • Clinical problem solving skills
      • Professionalism

Please contact us for more information:

Kieu Nguyen, PharmD

Residency Program Director, Clinical Educator

HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, Department of Pharmacy
22999 US Hwy 59 N,
Kingwood, TX, 77339

Phone: (281) 348-8424
Email: kieu.nguyen@hcahealthcare.com

Mishna Joy, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Clinical Manager

HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, Department of Pharmacy
22999 US Hwy 59 N,
Kingwood, TX, 77339

Phone: (281) 348-8473
Email: Mishna.joy@hcahealthcare.com