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The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  IHS provides a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.  IHS is now accepting applications for the PGY1 2014-2015 residency year. There are IHS Pharmacy residency programs throughout the United States:

Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Southcentral Foundation Ambulatory Care, Anchorage, Alaska
Albuquerque Indian Medical Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cherokee Indian Hospital, Cherokee, North Carolina
Choctaw Nation Health Care Facility, Talihina, Oklahoma
Claremore Indian Health Care Facility, Claremore, Oklahoma
Crownpoint Health Care Facility, Crownpoint, New Mexico
Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada, Oklahoma
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Fort Defiance, Arizona
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico
Hastings Indian Medical Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico
Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, Alaska **New!
Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Rapid City PHS Indian Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota
Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sells Indian Hospital, Sells, Arizona
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Tuba City, Arizona
Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital, Whiteriver, Arizona
Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs, Oregon
IHS residencies offer an excellent opportunity to learn in a progressive practice setting how to help improve the healthcare of Native Americans. Enjoy learning in a multidisciplinary and friendly team environment. The practice setting, cultural diversity, and recreational opportunities will make this your most rewarding pharmacy experience!  For more information -

Most IHS residencies are accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


The purpose of this position is to serve as a Pharmacy Resident training position performing a variety of developmental assignments intended to increase or further the knowledge, skills and abilities in the incumbent’s area of expertise.  The pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training in a defined area of pharmacy practice.  The graduate will have refined skills in drug therapy management, disease state management, patient consultation, interviewing techniques, laboratory test interpretation and physical assessment.  The graduate will be able to communicate and function effectively with other health care professionals in the IHS and understand their roles and those of the organization.  Duties include:

Using prescribed methods, the incumbent performs clinical assignments of moderate scope and complexity under the general supervision of the supervisor. Assignments are geared to provide on the job experience in the incumbent’s area of expertise; provides orientation, training and familiarization with the work processes of the occupational field or specific job; and reinforces and supplements previous experience and education to allow the incumbent to carry out progressively more difficult and responsible tasks.

Assignments are accomplished by applying familiarity with and use of a number of standard principles, methods, and practices as necessary in order to adapt practices and techniques to specific situations; to adjust and correlate data; to recognize discrepancies and deviations in results and to follow an operation through of series of related detailed steps and/or processes in carrying out the work assignments. May be required to make tentative or preliminary selections and adaptations of alternatives after approval by the supervisor.

The resident carries out clinical pharmacy functions of drug selection, compounding and dispensing which involves a varied range of therapeutic agents. The resident provides information and consultative advice to the prescribing doctor on contraindications and side effects of drugs. The resident actively participates in inter-and intra-departmental hospital training programs for such groups as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Pharmacist provides physical assessments and under medical staff approval and local privileging can assess patient and be able to adjust medication.

  • Additional Duty Location Info

    21 vacancies in the following locations

    • Anchorage, AK
    • Nome, AK
    • Fort Defiance, AZ
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Sells, AZ
    • Tuba City, AZ
    • Whiteriver, AZ
    • Cherokee, NC
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Crownpoint, NM
    • Gallup, NM
    • Santa Fe, NM
    • Shiprock, NM
    • Ada, OK
    • Claremore, OK
    • Tahlequah, OK
    • Talihina, OK
    • Warm Springs, OR
    • Rapid City, SD