Pharmacy Services | Pharmacy Residency Program

Pharmacy Residency Program:

  • Program Purpose and Description
  • About the program
  • Purpose and Philosophy
  • Program Details and Curriculum
  • Features
  • Prerequisites
  • Program Application
  • Preceptors
  • Program Contacts

Program Purpose and Description:

Trinity Health’s Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency program offers a one-year post-graduate training experience to pharmacists who seek to acquire and expand upon existing clinical skills. The program offers an organized and directed opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and clinical skills, and proficiency in managing complex drug therapy of patients. The program will nurture professionalism, and focus on the evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management by efficiently utilizing clinical knowledge and medical informatics. This residency will provide pharmacists with confidence in the provision of direct patient care as well as managing medication-use processes. Throughout the program, pharmacists will gain communication skills by providing medication and practice related education to fellow pharmacists, medical staff, students, patients, and caregivers. Pharmacists who successfully complete the residency program will be able to function effectively as independent clinicians on an interdisciplinary health-system team. They will also have ample opportunity to develop leadership skills in all areas of pharmacy practice management, project management skills, and refine clinical research skills.

About the program:

Trinity’s PGY1 pharmacy residency program is an ASHP accredited program. Trinity Health is a community-based, non-profit healthcare organization, and is associated with the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine as a sole sponsor of the Minot Center for Family Medicine. Trinity Hospital is comprised of 251 licensed beds and 165 beds at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
As the region’s preferred provider of medical services, Trinity Health serves as a center for Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Diseases, Hospitalist service, Oncology/Hematology, Infectious Disease, Psychiatric Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rehabilitation Medicine, Newborn Intensive Care (NICU), Kidney Dialysis, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and more. Trinity Health was initially verified in 1995 by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 2 Trauma Center, the highest level of trauma care available in North Dakota. Trinity Health is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) with the most recent accreditation occurring June 2017. The Residency program occurs in a contemporary setting where comprehensive central and decentralized clinical pharmacy services are combined with state-of-the-art technology.

Purpose and Philosophy

“ASHP firmly believes that Post Graduate Residency Programs are the best source of highly qualified pharmacy manpower and that it has an obligation to support residencies through the development of standards and a program of accreditation.”


ASHP: PGY1 Program Purpose: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.
Trinity Health: The purpose of the PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Trinity Health is to accelerate the resident’s abilities beyond entry-level professional competence in pharmacy operational services and direct patient-centered care to confidently practice in a community-based acute care setting that provides extensive clinical and operational services to diverse patient populations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians.


The ASHP accreditation standard provides criteria that every program must meet in order to receive and maintain accreditation. Although the standard requires experiences in certain core areas, there is room for concentration in a practice area and for additional experiences. The mission of our program includes developing a core skill set in providing fundamental, yet diverse, medication management practices in a contemporary healthcare setting.

Desired Goals/Outcomes/Objectives:

Upon completion of the program, Residents will:
  • Be a confident/competent member of the healthcare team
  • Provide quality patient care across the healthcare enterprise
  • Effectively communicate information pertaining to Medication Management
  • Effectively educate other healthcare providers
  • Exude the Trinity Health’s ServiceFIRST principles
  • Advance the profession of pharmacy both locally and abroad
  • Exhibit leadership qualities and personal growth

Program Details and Curriculum:

Required Outcomes for PGY-1:

  • R1. Patient Care
  • R2. Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  • R3. Leadership and Management
  • R4. Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Ex. Electives as desired

Learning Experiences:

The Residency Program is designed to provide training in all areas of medication management within the scope of pharmacy practice. In order to receive a certificate of completion the following required learning experiences must be successfully completed.
  • Orientation (Hospital, Pharmacy, Computer)
  • Pharmacy Operations and Staffing
  • General Medicine (I and II)
  • Critical Care
  • Administration (Practice Management)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology
  • Anticoagulation (Rehab)-Longitudinal
  • Drug Information/DUE/ADR-Longitudinal
  • Special Project-Longitudinal

Possible elective rotations include:

  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Anticoagulation (Clinic)
  • Diabetes Management
  • Pediatrics
  • NICU
  • Internal Medicine (Hospitalists)

Year at a glance: Resident Schedule Example


The pharmacy practice residency gives broad exposure and experience in multiple areas including pharmacy practice, pharmacy administration, general medicine, critical care, infectious disease, oncology, informatics, and pharmacokinetics. Elective rotations are available upon request to suit each individual’s needs. Residents will present lectures, in-services and prepare multiple projects including one major project. Teaching opportunities are available with the NDSU College of Pharmacy upon request.

Residency Information:

Duration/Type: 12 months
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: January 15th (of each year)
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $46,000 (plus benefits)


Eligible candidates for PGY-1 pharmacy residencies must have:

  • A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • A pharmacist license or be eligible for licensure in North Dakota
  • Letter of interest, college transcript, Curriculum Vitae, three letters of recommendation

Program Application:

  • Trinity utilizes the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for all pharmacy residency applications.
  • Applications and all supporting documents are due by January 15th of the year you wish to begin a program.
  • Candidates must also register with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program, which makes all appointments. Match results are released in late March.


Terry Altringer, Pharm.D. –Program Director and Infectious Disease Preceptor
Carolyn Bodell, R.Ph. – Oncology Preceptor
Lisa Loken, Pharm.D., BCPS – Co-Critical Care Preceptor
Charles Moore, Pharm.D. – Pharmacy Supervisor, Orentation and Pharmacy Practice
Rachel Schaan, Pharm.D. – Co-Critical Care Preceptor
Carolyn Seehafer, Pharm.D. – Administrator/Pharmacy Practice Management Preceptor
Paula Strom, Pharm.D. – Co-General Medicine Preceptor
Susan VanEvery, Pharm.D. – Co-General Medicine Preceptor

Program Contacts:

Residency Program Director: Terry D Altringer, Pharm.D.
(701) 857-5551
Fax: (701) 857-5155

Director of Pharmacy: Carolyn R. Seehafer, Pharm.D.
(701) 857-5548
Fax: (701) 857-5155