PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Program Overview

The McLaren Greater Lansing PGY1 pharmacy residency is a 12-month program beginning at the end of June that will build on your Doctor of Pharmacy education, offering opportunities to expand your abilities in pharmaceutical care. Two candidates selected annually will work closely with experienced preceptors in a variety of settings, ultimately preparing the graduates as highly marketable pharmacists, or to further their training in a PGY2 or other educational setting.

McLaren Greater Lansing is proud to also offer several ACGME medical residencies. The medical center collaborates with two Michigan State University medical schools and a nursing program, along with hosting health care students from other Michigan colleges and universities. This learning environment extends to pharmacy residents the opportunity to take part in multidisciplinary learning experiences and teaching.

Residents at McLaren Greater Lansing will enhance their knowledge and skill sets by participating in required and elective rotations. Residents will participate in all pharmacy clinical services, including multidisciplinary rounding, pharmacokinetic and anticoagulation dosing services, dispensing, provision of drug information, and precepting pharmacy students.


Required (6 weeks unless otherwise indicated)

  • Orientation (5 weeks end of June through July)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Student Precepting (3 weeks)
  • Surgical Care


  • Anticoagulation Clinic (11 months)
  • Research (12 months)
  • Staffing (11 months)
  • Teaching and Precepting (10 months)

Electives (2-4 weeks)

  • Opioid Stewardship
  • Professional Society (Michigan Pharmacists Association)
  • Pending preceptor availability and resident interest:
    - Individualized Elective
    - Advanced version of a required rotation


To be eligible for McLaren's PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, applicants must:

  • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy from an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Be a licensed pharmacist or eligible for pharmacist licensure in Michigan (licensure is required within 90 days of entering the program)
  • Attend an interview

Note: At this time, McLaren Greater Lansing does not sponsor work visas.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following required information via PhORCAS, which includes:

  • Copy of your College of Pharmacy transcripts
  • Copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Recommendations from three professional sources

Only completed applications will be accepted for review.


Rachel Griffioen, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Director and Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
2900 Collins Road
Lansing, MI 48910
Phone: (517) 975-7941
Fax: (517) 975-7930