Michigan Residency Programs

Residency programs are available to train pharmacists in professional practice and management activities. There are many benefits to participating in a residency program, including enhancing patient care and management skills, learning how to teach and precept students, participating in a project, developing leadership skills and gaining a better understanding of global issues that affect the profession. Another important benefit is the significant advantage to be gained by working with some of the most innovative pharmacy practitioners and leaders in the country. These practitioners can often expose the resident to state-of the-art practices they never thought were possible. Residents gain confidence, enhanced problem-solving abilities, and improved communication skills, and their residency serves as
an important stepping stone in developing their professional career.

Become a Part of MPA

Become a Part of MPA

Residents have the opportunity to get involved with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and its practice sections (Consultant Pharmacists Society of Michigan, Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists and Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists).

    • Why Be a Part of MPA?
        • Provides a great way to network with other health-system pharmacists in Michigan
        • Gives you a chance to learn about issues facing pharmacy and how to solve them
        • Allows you to share your ideas from school experiences or experiences from other states
        • Gives you an avenue to impact the profession
        • Residents have the opportunity to be published by writing articles for various Association publications
        • Residents have the opportunity to serve as presenters at Association events

    • How Do I Become a Member?
        • Join online, or call the MPA office at (517) 484-1466. Be sure to choose a practice section or affiliated chapter with your membership! Residents can join the Association at a reduced rate.

    • How Can I Get Involved?
        • MPA and MSHP have a variety of Committees, all of which provide great opportunities for residents!
        • After you've become a member, if you're interested in an MPA Committee or MSHP Committee, complete the respective interest form online by following one of the links below
        • Ask your program director for suggestions of other ways that you can get involved

    • What Does it Take to Be Involved in a Committee?
        • The Membership and Public Affairs Committees are combined with the MSHP Committees and they meet during MSHP Committee Day in January and May. Committee Day is typically held at Lansing Community College West Campus.
        • Other MPA Committees schedule their own meetings (generally 3-4 per year at the MPA Headquarters in Lansing.)
        • As mentioned above, MSHP Committees meet twice each year during MSHP Committee Day, and schedule additional meetings as needed
        • Creative ideas to share with others in the group!

Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Click on the links below to view video presentations from the 2014 MSHP Residency Conference, an annual event designed to enhance the residency experience for residency directors, preceptors and residents.

Michigan Residency Programs

Michigan Residency Listings

Explore all of the residency programs available in Michigan! This interactive document includes a full listing of all Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) and Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) residency programs offered in the state. It also provides director and program contacts, direct links to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists residency listings online and links to any available program listings online that are offered by the practice site. Click here to access the document.

Michigan Residency Toolkit

Michigan Residency Toolkit

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) delineates the importance and necessity of residency completion for clinical care. As the market becomes more competitive, new practitioners are seeking residency positions to help transition from student to clinical pharmacist. Despite the fact that more residency programs have become available over the past several years, the number of student pharmacists and graduates applying has dramatically increased.

The MSHP Residency Committee remains focused on helping to create new residency programs as well as expand existing programs. In order to facilitate this process, a toolkit is now available to assist institutions in developing and expanding pharmacy residency programs. The toolkit addresses several areas identified as potential rate limiting steps in defining, acquiring, and justifying a new or expanded residency program. The MSHP Residency Toolkit consists of six helpful sections, which are briefly described below:

  • MSHP Resident Justification Worksheet – for those interested in starting a residency program, this worksheet will show you how to estimate Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pass-through funding as well as the total savings to your institution.

  • MSHP Resident Justification Blank Worksheet – provides a “blank” version of the above worksheet; available as a fillable PDF or separate from the toolkit as a customizable Word document.

  • Checklist for Developing Your Residency Program – provides a detailed list of the key steps to consider in planning your residency program. 

  • Incorporating Pharmacy Residents into Your Practice Model Article – provides various examples of how residents can be successfully incorporated into your practice model. This document also includes a list of residency program directors who are willing to answer questions about implementing or expanding a residency program.

  • Recruiting New Residents to Your Residency Program Article – provides a list of recruitment events in Michigan and neighboring states. This document also discusses the role of technology and past students/residents in the recruitment process.

  • MSHP Resident Expansion Justification Worksheet – for those interested in expanding your residency program, this worksheet will show you how to estimate the workload impact and cost of such an expansion. 

Click here to access the Michigan Residency Toolkit. If you are interested in either starting a residency program or expanding your current residency program, please contact Andrea Schweitzer, MPA staff liaison for the Residency Committee, at Andrea@MichiganPharmacists.org.