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Postgraduate Year One Residency Program

The Deaconess Health System Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency is a hospital-based one-year residency program with two positions for Pharmacy postgraduates. Upon completion of the Deaconess Health System Pharmacy Residency, the Residents will be prepared to practice as a clinical pharmacist in a variety of settings, to complete a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, or to obtain a position as faculty in a college of pharmacy.  

PGY1 Program Purpose: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Graduates of our program will be skilled to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training to health care professionals, students, and patients
  • Continually monitor and improve performance through ongoing self evaluation   

ASHP Accreditation 

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Deaconess Health System, Evansville, IN is accredited by ASHP. The program has been accredited since July 2006.
ASHP Residency Accredited

Pharmacy Residency Program Application


Residency Program Details


Among the benefits of the program:

  • Competitive salary of $47,000
  • Low-cost dormitory-style housing option
  • 14 days PTO
  • Free parking
  • Free membership to fitness facility
  • Medical, dental and life insurance available
  • Resident office space
  • Paid professional membership fees for ASHP
  • Retirement savings option


Our past residents have chosen this program due to the variety of experiences available to them.  The program has several required and elective experiences:


  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • General Medicine (7 weeks)
  • Critical Care (6 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Informatics (2 weeks)
  • Longitudinal - Practice Management/Drug Information
  • Longitudinal - Residency Project
  • Longitudinal - Staffing  


  • Administrative
  • Advanced General Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Informatics
  • Medical Mission Trip
  • Nephrology
  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics/NICU
  • Psychiatry
  • Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate
  • Teaching experience exist through presentations and assisting with precepting pharmacy students

Staffing Requirements

Residents are required to staff every 3rd weekend.  This weekend staffing involves working:

  • Friday evening (3:30pm to 9pm)
  • An 8-hour shift on Saturday
  • An 8-hour shift on Sunday

In addition to the weekend staffing, the residents are also responsible for working the following shifts:

  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving or a Christmas holiday
  •  It is expected that one resident will work Thanksgiving and the day after and the other resident will work one Christmas holiday shift
  •  5 days between the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day

Successful Completion of the Residency Program

The residency is considered a 12-month full time commitment. The requirements and expectations for successful completion of the PGY1 Residency Program are listed in the Residency Manual. All residents will be provided with a Resident’s Manual containing all necessary information related to the Residency Program. If requirements listed in the Residents Manual are not met in a timely manner, then remedial action will result as outlined in the manual.

Meet our Residency Team

Our Residents interact with everyone on our pharmacy team, including both pharmacists and technicians. The entire department works as a team to ensure an optimal outcome in all aspects of our daily practice. Each rotation has a primary preceptor, but we work as a team to ensure all learning objectives are met.

Meet our Current Residents

Landon Russell, PharmD

Landon is originally from Murray, KY and graduated from Lipscomb University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2020. His interests include emergency medicine and cardiology. Upon completion of his residency, Landon hopes to become BCPS certified and to obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist.

Lauren Wathen, PharmD

Lauren is originally from Evansville, IN and graduated from Butler University in May 2020 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Her interests include internal medicine, critical care, and ambulatory care. Upon completion of her residency, Lauren hopes to obtain a clinical pharmacist position and become BCPS certified.

Residency Graduates



Applying for PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


Deaconess requirements for application

  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy Program

  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana 

Assessment of Residency Applicants

Those interested in applying for one of these two positions please submit the following by January 15th:

  • Complete application in PhORCAS with

    • At least 3 of the PhORCAS standard letters of recommendation

    • Letter of intent

    • Application for employment (available at

  • During the interview, the candidate will be review a case and present their answers to the focus questions to the core interview group.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Completed application packet

  • GPA

  • Prior work experience

  • Clinical, leadership, teaching, and communication skills

  • Assessment of formal interview

  • Presentation skills

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

For more information contact:

Meredith Petty, PharmD
Pharmacy Residency Program Director

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