PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Residency Program Director

Joseph A. Berndsen, PharmD

Joseph A. Berndsen, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist Lead - Anticoagulation
PGY1 Residency Program Director

For general PGY1 residency questions, please email

Program description

The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital pharmacy residency is a 12-month, full-time, post-graduate year one (PGY1) 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, PGY2 training, and board certification.

PGY1 residency mission

To transform entry-level graduate pharmacists into health-system clinical pharmacists who optimize medication use for individual patients and patient populations. Residents completing the PGY1 residency will be prepared to advance to PGY2 training, fellowship or move directly into clinical practice at the level of a clinical staff pharmacist within the inpatient hospital setting.

PGY1 residency vision

To achieve and maintain excellence as a practice site for pharmacy residents as evidenced by attracting highly qualified candidates and meeting ASHP best practice standards for accreditation. To develop a national presence as a residency program as evidenced through recognition by ASHP for practice advancement and participation in ASHP residency training activities.

Required learning experiences

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Medical ICU
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Ambulatory Care / Specialty Pharmacy (Selective)

Required longitudinal learning experiences

  • Drug Information
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Medication Safety
  • Residency Project
  • Teaching Certificate

Elective learning experiences

  • Advanced Cardiology
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Ambulatory Oncology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Inpatient Hematology
  • Investigational Pharmacy Services
  • Pain Management & Palliative Care
  • Pediatric ICU & Intensive Care Nursery
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU

Longitudinal research project

Residents complete one longitudinal research project during the residency year. The project may be research or quality improvement based to support development/enhancement of pharmacy services. Residents present project results at the Eastern States Residency Conference and complete a written manuscript suitable for publication.

Additional activities

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


  • 1 evening shift per week
  • Every 4th weekend
  • 2 hospital observed holidays
  • Ad hoc sick call coverage, up to 5 shifts per year
  • No on-call or overnight coverage required

APPE pharmacy student precepting

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


Stipend: $47,486

Paid Time Off:

  • Vacation days (10 days)
  • Interview days (5 days)
  • Holidays (4 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 1st

  • 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
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhORCAS Residency Program application
  • ASHP Residency Matching Program registration