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. 

The current Graduate Medical Education (GME) General Medicine and Surgery Residencies are an academic partnership that serves as a precursor to the opening of the University of Houston College of Medicine. It is just the start of an ever-expanding higher education collaboration between our two powerhouses. Our clinical pharmacist team have an integral impact working in tandem with our physicians in our Antimicrobial Management Program with pharmacists certified by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate. As a result of our efforts, our institution has been designated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as a Center of Excellence that consistently delivers high-quality care and serves as the gold standard for executing novel Antimicrobial Stewardship principles. 

Kingwood PGY1 pharmacy residency program overview 

Residents will have the ability to learn, grow and develop in a full-service, acute care hospital equipped with a Level III Trauma Center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Center. Additionally, we are home to the only DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center in Northeast Houston and the area’s first and only facility to offer open-heart surgery. Aside from our orthopedic and cardio-thoracic surgical cases, we also have service lines that include bariatric care with plans to further expand ICU and acute care units. We are a part of HCA Houston Healthcare, a comprehensive network of hospitals, emergency centers, cancer centers, surgery centers and diagnostic imaging facilities across Greater Houston.  

Learning Experiences

Duration of rotations: 5-week blocks with the exception of a 6-week orientation period.

Required longitudinal rotations:

  • Service and Patient Care
  • Research
  • Projects and Presentations 

Required core rotations:

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

Elective rotations (3):

  • Internal Medicine II
  • Antimicrobial Management Program
  • 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 - Academia 

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, operations, and centralized and decentralized clinical coverage. The commitment is every other weekend
  • 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 of the program year
  • Participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program 

Applicants must upload the following to PhORCAS:

  • Curriculum vitae
    • Include completed and anticipated advanced pharmacy practice experience rotations
    • Include leadership and organizational involvement
  • Letter of intent
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Three references/letters of recommendations
  • References must be from preceptors, advisors, or managers 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 

Pay, benefits & working conditions 

Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by Human Resources.

  • Competitive salary
  • Private office space
  • Premium medical/dental/vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • 401(k) plan
  • PTO accrual
  • Free parking
  • Discounted meals
  • BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification offered by HCA at no cost
  • Educational and professional leave
    • ASHP Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • ALCALDE Regional Residency Conference
    • Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts via HCA Rewards

Please contact us for more information. 

Contact us 

Mallory Gessner-Wharton, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy 

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

Phone: (281) 348-8432
Email Mallory