Postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) community residency in specialty pharmacy
Gain the skills and knowledge needed to work with high-level specialty disease states. Our American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) accredited community-based pharmacy residency program is a 12-month post-graduate program that provides a unique community practice environment to develop expertise in specialty pharmacy.
Based at the Optum® Specialty Pharmacy National Distribution Center in Phoenix, Arizona, the program offers a variety of patient care services to support chronic or complex specialty disease states and treatments, including:
- Autoimmune disorders (inflammation, asthma, multiple sclerosis)
- Infectious diseases (hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV)
Our residency offers the fundamental chronic disease state management/learning for clinical programs. Additionally, it offers expanded learning opportunities through partner sites, such as Optum Care Primary Care and Genoa Pharmacy.
The clinical pharmacists work with manufacturer industry, third-party payer and other health care professionals to manage patient medication therapy and help improve patient outcomes.
By completing our residency, you will gain skills and work with leaders not otherwise afforded to an entry-level pharmacist.
Block learning experiences
Specialty patient care
- Oncology and limited distribution drugs
- Inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases (rheumatology, dermatology, gastrointestinal, asthma, multiple sclerosis)
- Infectious Diseases (HIV, HCV, HBV)
- Utilization Management
- Specialty Clinical Counseling
- Learn responsibilities of upper-level management
- Operations Staffing
- Chronic Disease Management at Optum Care Clinic
- Education and Professionalism
- Midwestern University – Glendale Campus
- Clinician Educators Program
- Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy course
- Optum Nursing Continuing Education Program
- Midwestern University – Glendale Campus
- Quality Improvement
- Pharmacy Services
All you need to know about the PGY1 Community Residency in Specialty Pharmacy, including common frequently asked questions.
To participate in the program, you must:
- Be a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited college of school of pharmacy or equivalent
- Become a licensed pharmacist in Arizona within 90 days of program start date
Prior specialty pharmacy, leadership and research experience is encouraged.
- Competitive salaried position with paid time off
- Travel reimbursement for clinical meetings
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans
Avella Specialty Pharmacy was founded in 1996 as a single pharmacy in Phoenix, Arizona. We expanded to multiple locations throughout metro Phoenix, as well as other cities across the country. In the fall of 2018, we joined UnitedHealth Group®.
Now part of Optum Specialty Pharmacy and the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, we bring breakthrough medications, innovative clinical pharmacy programs, and technological tools to providers and patients across the nation.OR
Our residency offers the fundamental chronic disease management/learning for clinical programs. Additionally, there are many more opportunities to work with high-level, complex specialty disease states that few pharmacists have experience in.
By completing our residency, you will be able to gain skills and work with leaders not otherwise afforded to an entry-level pharmacist.OR
You’ll have multiple opportunities for partnership with pharmacy students and colleges of pharmacy, including: precepting Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotation students on site, helping to teach an elective 10-week class “Intro to Specialty Pharmacy,” developing and presenting nursing CE programs, and earning a teaching certificate in partnership with Midwestern-Glendale campus.OR
Current elective rotation options include, but are not limited to:
- Business development
- Client management
- Preceptor In training
- Drug information research
We look for candidates who are interested in specialty pharmacy and motivated to make the most of this experience. As an ideal resident, you would have a chronic disease state background and an interest in managing patients in an outpatient setting in both chronic and specialty disease states.
Although not always possible, you would have had some experience working in a specialty pharmacy setting or specialty disease state area (e.g., in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) or APPE rotation, internship and/or research project).
You would be able to initiate and complete a research project and have time management skills to incorporate working with APPE students, pharmacist roles and clinical management into your workflow.OR
- Acquiring Arizona Pharmacist license within 90 days of program start date
- Successful completion of all scheduled rotations and corresponding assessments
- Successful completion of Clinical Educator Teaching program
- Research Project presentation at Southwestern States Residency Conference and manuscript suitable for publication
- Initiation and evaluation of Quality Improvement Project (QIP), Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) and Pharmacy Services Project