PHARMACY Residency Program (PGY-1)

We would like to thank you for your interest in the pharmacy residency program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Our Post Graduate Year one (PGY-1) program is under the auspices of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The Pharmaceutical Care Division is the place of the first ASHP accredited PGY-1 and PGY-2 residencies outside the United States.

The program’s exceptional outstanding multinational staff and practitioners, state-of-the-art informatics, automation and robotics, and clinical services have undoubtedly made it the leading pharmacy residency program in the Middle East and have produced successful residency graduates with exceptional skills and work ethics. The entire pharmaceutical care division feels fortunate to be associated with a wonderful environment enriched with opportunities for pharmacy practice.

Mission Statement:

Individuals who complete a pharmacy residency shall be qualified independent practitioners who are able to provide pharmaceutical care in various environments.  They shall be responsible for drug therapy outcomes as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary health care team.  Such pharmacists shall be able to develop their own personal plan for professional development.  They shall be able to educate other professionals and patients about medications.  Pharmacists completing this program will be capable of conducting their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership.


PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy 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.

Residency Special Features:

PGY-1 pharmacy residency program is composed of two years training starts from October and ends on September of each year. About half of the first year covers staffing in different areas of pharmacy practice (inpatient, outpatient, satellite and intravenous admixture pharmacies), in addition to drug information rotation and administration rotation. This will allow the residents to develop skills, competencies and expertise in all aspects of pharmacy practice including pharmacy operation, pharmacy informatics and automation, drug information and medication-use policies. The second half of the first year and the second year are composed of clinical rotations that are designed to develop clinical experience and skills in different areas of pharmacotherapy. A broad range of clinical rotations are available including cardiology, critical care, infectious diseases, internal medicine, parenteral nutrition, pediatrics, transplantation, ambulatory care, hematology/oncology with bone marrow transplantation and nephrology. The specific program for each resident varies based on the resident's interests and previous experience.

Residents Responsibilities:

Pharmacy residents are required to pass all scheduled rotations, deliver formal presentations/journal clubs, complete a research project, complete a medication utilization evaluation (MUE), attend clinical and department meetings, and participate in other in-services and clinical activities as assigned.

Special Requirements for Acceptance:

Graduation from college of pharmacy that is accredited by:

  • The Ministry of Higher Education and National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment

Application process:

  1. For graduates from the Ministry of Education and National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment: Refer to the Saudi Commission for health Spatiality (SCFHS) website for more details in the application process. 
  2. For graduates from ACPE accredited college of pharmacy in the United States: Apply through the PhoRCAS

ASHP Manual:

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program



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