PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Residency program director

Alyson M. Esteves, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Alyson M. Esteves, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist Lead, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
Director, PGY-1 Residency Program
Director, PGY-2 Critical Care Residency Program

Thank you for your interest and consideration in the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

For questions, please email

Residency program coordinators

Brian Lopez, PharmD

Brian Lopez, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacist Lead, Cardiology
Coordinator, PGY-1 Residency Program


Ashley E. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS

Ashley Johnson, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist Lead, Hospice, Pain and Palliative Care
Coordinator, PGY-1 Residency Program


Program description

The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) pharmacy residency is a 12-month, full-time, post-graduate year one (PGY-1) training program. Our training program is designed to develop knowledge and encourage clinical leadership. You will refine clinical problem-solving skills, build confidence, and work with other members of the health care team to deliver the highest standard of patient care. We prepare you for successful practice in various patient care positions, PGY-2 training, and board certification.

Required learning experiences

  • Administration, inpatient
  • Cardiology
  • Internal medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Medical ICU
  • Orientation
  • Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory care or specialty pharmacy (selective)
    • Anticoagulation Clinic
    • Gastroenterology & hepatology
    • Hematology/oncology specialty pharmacy
    • Specialty pediatric and adult cystic fibrosis, pulmonary, and allergy
    • Primary care

Required longitudinal learning experiences

  • Anticoagulation consult service
  • Medical writing
  • Medication safety (only a 1-month experience for HSPAL residents)
  • Medicine use evaluation
  • Residency project
  • Staffing
  • Teaching certificate

Elective learning experiences

You have a choice of four electives.

  • Advanced cardiology
  • Advanced internal medicine
  • Ambulatory medical infusion
  • Ambulatory oncology
  • Clinical administration (required for HSPAL)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Geriatric emergency medicine
  • Health plan (required for HSPAL)
  • Inpatient hematology/TCT
  • Investigational pharmacy services
  • Medication safety
  • Medication safety & quality (required for HSPAL)
  • Pain management & palliative care
  • Pediatric ICU & Intensive Care Nursery
  • Pharmacy administration, ambulatory care
  • Pharmacy informatics (required for HSPAL)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU

Longitudinal research project

Residents will complete one longitudinal research project throughout the residency year. This project may be original research or, a development or enhancement of pharmacy services. Completed results will be presented as a poster presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference in May. Additionally, residents will complete a manuscript suitable for publication.

Additional activities

  • Two ACPE accredited continuing education presentations for pharmacists
  • One Pharmacy technician education presentation
  • One Clinical Pearls Presentation at a New Hampshire Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Conference
  • Two Medication Use Evaluations


PGY-1 inpatient resident staffing requirements

  • One swing/evening shift per week
    • Residents will alternate between decentral internal medicine shifts and centralized operational shifts
  • Every fourth weekend
  • One hospital observed holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or Memorial Day)

HSPAL resident staffing requirements

  • One swing/evening shift per week
    • Shifts options:
      • Decentral internal medicine
      • Centralized operations
      • IV room
    • The resident will complete the first 6 months of the residency alternating between centralized operations and IV room
    • In the second 6 months of the residency, the resident will alternate between a centralized shift (operations or IV room) and decentral internal medicine
  • Every fourth weekend IV room
  • One hospital observed holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or Memorial Day)

APPE pharmacy student precepting

Residents will have the opportunity to co-precept APPE pharmacy student activities throughout the year.


Stipend: $50,500

Paid time off:

  • Vacation days (10 days)
  • Holidays (5 days)

Professional travel:

  • ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting
  • Eastern States Regional Residency Program

How to apply

Please submit all application materials via PhORCAS.

Application deadline: January 2nd.

  • Matched candidates are strongly encouraged to complete New Hampshire licensure exam requirements before the start of residency
  • Residents must be licensed within 90 days of the residency start date

Application submission:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Supplemental application (DOCX)
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhORCAS Residency Program application
  • ASHP Residency Matching Program registration