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Longitudinal APPE – Residency Track

Program Overview

The purpose of this program is to prepare pharmacy students for post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency training in an acute care setting. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience during various inpatient clinical rotations. Specific program goals include fostering clinical skills and knowledge; improving written and verbal communication skills; developing problem-solving, research and leadership skills; and demonstrating professionalism as an integral member of the healthcare team. Students will learn how to implement evidence-based drug therapy plans customized to the needs of the individual patient under the supervision of the clinical pharmacy specialist and/or PGY1 pharmacy resident. More information about the PGY1 residency program at SJHMC can be found on our website.

Program Attributes

The program consists of three rotation blocks. Students will complete two required rotations and one elective, or student choice, rotation. Please note, the rotations may not be scheduled consecutively. At least one of the clinically focused rotations will be scheduled before December in order to account for ASHP Midyear and residency application considerations. Students are expected to successfully complete all three clinical rotations and assignments listed below:

  • Required rotation 1: Internal Medicine
  • Required rotation 2: Medical Intensive Care (Trauma ICU, Medical ICU, Neuro ICU, or Cardiovascular Surgery ICU)
  • Elective rotation 3: Students will be asked to rank their choice of rotations from the offered experiences below. Final rotation selection will be made by the site, but student preferences will be accommodated to the best of our ability.
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology 
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Neurology Critical Care
  • Solid Organ Transplant (Lung or Kidney/Liver)
  • Patient case presentations (a minimum of one presentation for each rotation)
  • Quality improvement project (one longitudinal project completed in collaboration with preceptors, residents, and/or other students)
  • Journal club presentations (a minimum of one presentation for each rotation)


Applicants must be pursuing a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy and must be a licensed Pharmacist Intern in the state of Arizona prior to starting the program. Additional criteria required for application include:

  • A cumulative pharmacy school GPA of at least 3 on a 4 point scale, or equivalent
  • Applicant must be in good disciplinary standing (i.e. no past or pending disciplinary charges, sanctions, or action) 

Preferred qualifications: pharmacy work experience

Application Instructions

Candidates must directly submit the following documents to the primary program contact via email:

  • Completed SJHMC Longitudinal Residency Track APPE Program Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College of pharmacy transcript (official preferred, but unofficial will be accepted if official transcript cannot be transmitted electronically; submit most current version for program consideration)
  • Letter of intent (1-2 pages) stating specific professional goals (the type of pharmacy position you aspire to obtain, interest in postgraduate residency training, etc.), qualifications for the program, and what specifically interests you in this opportunity. The letter must be addressed to the primary program contact.

Application deadline: August 18, 2023 

Application Review Process

All application materials will be reviewed by a preceptor panel. Video conference interviews will be conducted as part of the application process. Interview notifications will be sent out during the last week in August and interviews scheduled in late August or early September. Student applicants can expect to receive a final decision regarding program acceptance by the third week in September. A total of two to three APPE students will be accepted into this program. Accepted students will be expected to submit an elective rotation rank list to the program coordinator by the end of the third week in September. Please note, this timeline is a rough estimate intended to provide the applicant with a general understanding of the review process and expectations surrounding communication. All dates, outside of the application submission deadline, are subject to change. Specific dates and expectations will be communicated throughout the process.  

Primary Program Contact:

John Radosevich, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Medical/Surgical/Trauma Critical Care 
PGY2 Critical Care Residency Director
St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy
350 W. Thomas Rd. 
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 406-3833 (Office) | (602) 406-9263 (Ascom) | 602.200.1562 (Fax)
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