PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program

Take your pharmacy education to the next level at Optum Specialty Pharmacy


We're Not Like the Rest 

A national specialty pharmacy that still feels small

Our goal is to develop clinical pharmacists who provide advanced patient care services in a specialty pharmacy environment. 

During this 12-month post-graduate program, the clinical pharmacists work with manufacturers, third party payors and other healthcare professionals to manage patient medication therapy and help to improve patient outcomes.

Optum's residency program is based at a national facility Phoenix, Arizona. The specialty pharmacy location offers a variety of patient care services to support chronic, complex specialty disease states such as: oncology, hepatitis c, inflammation, HIV, multiple sclerosis, fertility, pain/addiction management, cardiovascular disease, IG and infusion therapy, ophthalmology and organ transplant.


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Program Structure

Learning Experiences

Specialty Patient Care

  • Specialty Disease States: Oncology, inflammation (rheum, derm, GI, asthma), neurology (MS and migraine), infectious disease (HIV and HCV)
  • Chronic Disease Management at a primary care clinic under a collaborative practice agreement


  • Learn responsibilities of upper management level

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Required to staff every third Saturday
  • Responsibilities include clinical and operational duties as well as being on-call that week
Research Project
  • Results will be presented at Southwestern States Residency Conference as well as drafted into manuscript suitable for publication
  • Clinician Educator Program (receive teaching certificate upon completion)
  • Intro to Specialty Pharmacy elective class

    (Located at Midwestern University Glendale Campus)


  • Graduate of an ACPE accredited college or school of pharmacy
  • Resident will be required to become a licensed pharmacist in Arizona 90 days from program start date
  • Prior work experience is encouraged
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Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salaried position with paid time off (PTO) days
  • Travel reimbursement for clinical meetings
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance plans

Application Process

Avella participates in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Please submit the following required documents through the PhORCAS system by January 3, 2022:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

ASHP Code: 81037

On-site interviews for invited applications will occur in late January through February.

Reach Out

For additional information about the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program, contact our residency team.