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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Highland Pharmacy

Purpose of the Pharmacy Practice Residency

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Highland Hospital builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy  (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions and who are eligible for board certification and for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Download the PGY1 Information Pamphlet


The resident will function as a key member of the health care team and be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. The graduate resident is expected to gain competencies in the following areas:

  • Patient care
  • Advancing practice and improving patient care
  • Leadership and management
  • Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge
  • Management of Medical Emergencies
  • Pharmacy research

This intensive training involves the resident participating in the following activities:

  • Designing, recommending and managing drug treatment regimens for hospitalized patients in internal medicine and a variety of specialties
  • Playing a key role in the continuity of care of patients through medication reconciliation and discharge counseling
  • Participating in pharmacy practice management and patient safety activities to broaden the resident’s understanding of the role of pharmacy and its integration into the healthcare system
  • Exploring specialty areas of patient care through various electives, including up to 8 weeks of rotations at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Pharmacists completing the residency at Highland Hospital will have gained the skills necessary to be competent and confident practitioners of pharmaceutical care for patients. These pharmacists will develop the skills necessary to become valuable providers of education on medication therapy related topics to other health care professionals and patients . The resident will demonstrate professional maturity by developing and following a personal philosophy of excellence, monitoring his or her own performance and exhibiting a commitment to the profession of pharmacy.


This PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Its goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures are consistent with the goals and objectives established by ASHP

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Huntress, Pharm.D.
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue, Box 77
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (585) 341-6792
Fax: (585) 341-8491

Michelle Opipari, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Coordinator
Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620