Sacramento Pharmacy Residency Program


Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Residency in Managed Care

Accreditation: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in partnership with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.


At the completion of this program, which is based in California, the resident will be a competent pharmacist in the managed care setting. Specifically, the resident will be prepared for positions in clinical services, utilization review/prior authorization, medication therapy management, drug information, and formulary and pharmacy benefit strategy and management. The resident will understand basic regulatory requirements for state and federal health programs.

Comprehensive Rotations

Core Block Rotations

These rotations are completed in blocks of four to six weeks:

  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal also)
  • California State Health Programs
  • Formulary Management
  • Management
  • Medicare
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Pharmacy Benefits
  • Prior Authorization
  • Trade Relations

Core Longitudinal Rotations

These rotations run throughout the year:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Clinical Programs
  • Drug Information
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Western States Project

Rotation Sites: Rancho Cordova, CA 


  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy
  • California pharmacist license (or eligible for licensure in California)

Application Process

Applicants will complete the following:

  • Online employment application 
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program Registration
  • Submission to the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):
    • Letter of intent explaining your motivation to pursue the residency
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a pharmacy school professor, work or internship advisor, and an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) preceptor
      •  School of pharmacy official transcript

Interview Required

  • Applications are due on January 7
  • Selected applicants will be invited to an online video interview by the end of January
  • The residency start the last Monday in June and ends the last week of June the following year.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is our human resources policy that any potential employee must complete an application.

You will not be eligible for an onsite interview.

Our residency program was accredited in 2007. It has received re-accreditation, and its current status is accredited.

Yes, in six-week experiential rotations we host APPE managed care students from multiple colleges of pharmacy

Some of our previous residents are employed at our company and various other companies, including CVS/Caremark, Blue Shield of California, LA Care Health Plan, McKesson, Santa Clara Health Plan, and SCAN Health Plan.

Our company offers only one PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Resident position.

All of our applications are reviewed by a group composed of the residency director, the current resident and preceptors. They review each applicant’s letter of intent, CV, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, grades, and managed care experience. The group identifies candidates to invite for an onsite interview. Given the number of applications we receive, we are unable to interview all applicants. During the interview we try to get to know the applicant as well as assess his/her communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, goals, and whether he/she is a good fit for our program.

We give our residents feedback and evaluation frequently through weekly one-on-one meetings with the residency director as well as scheduled and ad hoc one-on-one meetings with the preceptors.


The residency director develops a list of ideas for the resident’s research project to meet a business need. The resident may propose an idea of his/her own that meets a business need. The resident completes the project independently with coaching from the residency director.

There are no staffing requirements for the residency program.