Optum Pharmacy Residency Program
Make innovation and leadership part of your journey
Train to lead with our ASHP Accredited PGY1 Ambulatory-Focused Residency Program
Choose the pharmacy residency that’s designed to advance your career
The Optum Pharmacy Residency Program offers remarkable opportunities for professional growth:
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A unique practice landscape
In Washington State, pharmacists are recognized as providers working under collaborative practice agreements credentialed as caring for patients. This unique practice landscape amplifies pharmacists' role and opens the door to opportunities for innovation and leadership.
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Value-based care
At the core of our program is a commitment to value-based care emphasizing patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness. You’ll learn to make informed decisions while prioritizing quality care and maximizing resources.
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Pioneering research
Collaborate on groundbreaking projects and research with a focus on innovation. Contribute to developing new treatments, technologies, and practices that shape the future of pharmacy.
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Comprehensive mentorships
Benefit from personalized guidance that nurtures your unique skills and interests. Plus, gain leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills through a well-rounded educational experience and mentorship.
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Tailored career pathways
Whether you’re interested in clinical practice, virtual care, pharmacy informatics, or leadership, our program aligns with your goals and creates a path that supports your ambitions. 

We’ll help you go further, faster

Our residency program is designed to develop competent clinical practitioners with abilities tailored to today's healthcare landscape. Upon program completion, you'll be fully equipped to:

Perform in a clinical ambulatory position
Our residents gain hands-on experience and training to perform in ambulatory clinic settings, provide personalized patient-centered care, and work collaboratively in teams to optimize care outcomes.

Take on an introductory supervisor or management position
Our program includes elements of leadership and management that prepare residents for introductory roles requiring strategic thinking and team coordination.

Meet the high standards of hiring eligibility
With successful completion of our residency program, you'll be well-positioned to meet the criteria for employment within The Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic.

What you’ll achieve across 4 key objectives
Your residency will result in the achievement of ASHP educational objectives as defined by ACHR status in PharmAcademic. Skills are assessed using key goals, objectives, and extensive evaluation by both preceptor and resident.

Objective 1

Patient Care

Objective 2

Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care

Objective 3

Leadership and Management

Objective 4

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
Residency rotation overview
Your residency is a hybrid between The Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic locations with opportunities to work remotely. Residents work primarily in the ambulatory setting. Our partnerships can also allow us to make retail, managed care, and hospital opportunities available based on your interests.
Required learning experiences
Staffing component
Elective learning experiences
Advanced elective rotation
Any rotation can be offered as an advanced elective rotation — extending from 4 weeks to 8 weeks. Below is a sample rotation schedule.
Meet our Program Director and current residents
Residency Program Director
Current Residents

The Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic are part of Optum

We’re recognized as a top care provider and ranked first in the composite quality score through Washington Health Alliance. Our multispecialty clinic system serves 560,000+ Puget Sound patients with 850+ clinicians in 46 locations. Learn more about our commitment to quality care that defines us.

A great program and place to live

The culture of a vibrant, dynamic city
You'll discover world-class museums, top restaurants, great shopping, sporting events, and more. Seattle also consistently ranks as one of the top 10 best cities in the country for employment.

For outdoor activities, there's no better place to be
Visitors come from around the globe to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest. From Puget Sound to pristine forests, we're at the center of a year-round natural wonderland. Even with our reputation of being a rainy state, we have outstanding summer weather and Washingtonians are some of the most active folks in the country.

Care for the environment and progressive policies
Washington is considered one of the top 10 greenest states in the country. It's passed paid family leave, marriage equality, and is one of eleven Death with Dignity Act states. There's also no state income tax.

How to register and apply

Opportunities: We have two residency positions available and select from candidates across the U.S.

Eligibility: Candidates will be a graduate (prior or anticipated) of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy or Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate and licensed or eligible for licensure in Washington state. They must satisfy eligibility requirements for employment, including acceptable results on a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Please note we do NOT sponsor work visas.

Register and apply: You must register to participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program. Application materials submitted include:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official transcripts of all professional pharmacy education from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy degree program or FPGEC program
  • Reference NMS Code: 304913
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