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) 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.

DHMC 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.

DHMC 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

  • Ambulatory care
  • Cardiology
  • Critical access hospital (at New London Hospital)
  • Infectious disease
  • Internal medicine
  • Medical ICU
  • Orientation
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Pediatrics

Elective learning experiences

  • Advanced elective of any required learning experience
  • Emergency medicine
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Hospice, pain, and palliative care
  • Intensive care nursery
  • Investigational pharmacy services
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Trauma/surgical ICU

Other opportunities may be available based on individual interests

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Drug information and medical writing
  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing)
  • Longitudinal research project
  • Medication safety
  • Medication use evaluation

Additional responsibilities

Longitudinal research project

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

Medication use evaluation

You will complete one medication usage evaluation during the first half of the residency year. You will present your completed MUE results at ASHP Midyear/Vizient meetings via a poster presentation.

ACPE continuing education presentation

  • 2 ACPE continuing education presentations for pharmacists
  • 1 Pharmacy Technician continuing education presentation
  • Clinical Pearl Presentation at State Pharmacy Society meeting


You will staff one decentralized swing shift (1:30 pm to 10 pm) per week, as well as one weekend shift per month. Additionally, you will staff one hospital-recognized holiday. You may be called on to help cover up to five pharmacist sick calls per year.

Teaching certificate

You will have an opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program. We determine the provider of the teaching certificate program on a yearly basis. You are not required to participate in this program.

APPE pharmacy student precepting

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


Stipend: $47,486

Earned time:

  • Sick days: 4 days
  • Holidays: 4 days
  • Vacation days: 10 days
  • Interview days: 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 1st

Must have a valid pharmacy license to practice in the state of New Hampshire by August 1st.

Application submission:

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