Pharmacy Residency – Northwest Arkansas

Contact Information
Residency Program Director

Hilary Burke, PharmD, BCPS
2710 S. Rife Medical Lane
Rogers, AR 72712
[email protected]

Pharmacy Residency Training at Mercy Hospital NWA

At Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, we’re pioneering a new model of care and welcome those who share our passion to get health care right. We provide 24/7 comprehensive, hospitalist-led, patient-centered care for our community of Northwest Arkansas.

  • 12-month ASHP Accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program 
  • Number of available positions: 2
  • Start date: 6/17/24

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas builds on the 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.

The residency program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers training opportunities in acute patient care, medication use systems, clinical services management, and pharmacy leadership. A broad range of clinical learning experiences is offered to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a resident into an independent practitioner. As members of integrated health care teams, residents work cooperatively with other providers to deliver safe medication therapy and achieve optimal clinical outcomes. Service, teaching and scholarship are modeled and taught by residency preceptors to help the resident progress and apply the knowledge and skills required for a successful and rewarding career in clinical pharmacy.

The residency program is designed to offer an individualized training plan for each resident based on their interests, goals, and past experiences. Residents are required to complete core learning experiences to build a strong foundational knowledge base and have the opportunity to select elective rotations based on their specific areas of interest. All experiences are 4 weeks unless otherwise noted.

Required Core Rotations (6)

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical-Surgical

Elective Experiences (5)

  • General Cardiology
  • Geriatrics/Acute Rehab
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Practice Management
  • Clinical Services Management
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Critical Care II
  • Emergency Medicine II

Year-long Longitudinal Experiences

  • Staffing
  • Research project
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medication Use Systems/Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee (6 months)
  • Pharmacy Administration/Medication Safety Committee (6 months)


Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas manages the application for its residency program through ASHP’s PhORCAS process.

  • ASHP Residency Directory
  • ASHP Code: 71202
  • NMS Code: 286413
  • Requirements:
    • Letter of intent
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Copy of pharmacy academic transcript(s)
    • Letters of recommendation (3)

Application Timeline

  • November: Applicants register for the Match via the shared PhORCAS/Match Portal. The portal is accessible from the Applicant Registration page or directly at portal.phorcas.org.
  • December 31: Recommended date by which applicants should register for the Match
  • Mid January: Interviews offered via email
  • February 12, 2024: Phase I Rankings open
  • March 1, 2024: Deadline to submit rank list via PhORCAS
  • March 13, 2024: Phase I Match Results Day
  • If positions are available in Phase II of the Match, deadlines will be provided through PhORCAS and ASHP.

Mercy's benefit program is designed to support your personal health and well-being. Residents are eligible for health, dental and vision insurance starting on their first day of work. Other benefits include paid time off and travel stipends for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, AAHP Fall Seminar, and the Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference.

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