Pharmacy residency program

Humana's postgraduate PGY1 pharmacy residency program prepares candidates for the PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

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Program purpose

The postgraduate PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Graduates are eligible for board certification and year 2, postgraduate (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. The  managed care pharmacy residency provides systematic training for pharmacists to achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient care and managed care practice.

Residency Program Director

Debbie Meyer, B.Sc. Pharmacy


Program description

Humana's pharmacy residency program is a 12-month postgraduate training program that provides core and longitudinal learning experiences that support clinical and professional growth. Working alongside pharmacists, the resident will participate in best practices and application of managed care principals to improve population health within a pharmacy benefit manger (PBM) and health plan practice environment.

The program supports the residents' professional development and broadens clinical and business acumen. Residents are qualified to take the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) board certification upon completion of the program. Residents are eligible for employment within Humana upon completion of the program.

Learning experiences

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) teaching certificate

    Complete the online teaching certificate course provided by ASHP to develop practice-related educational skills.

  • Patient safety programs and quality initiatives

    Participate in clinical programs to improve medication usage and safety, associated with HEDIS and CMS star ratings.

  • Prior authorizations and coverage determinations

    Residents are ensured the appropriate and safe use of medications.

  • Clinical strategies

    Participate in formulary development, management, pharmacy and therapeutics, pipeline and trend

  • Specialty pharmacy

    Participate in a comprehensive approach to manage specialty drugs, utilization management and clinical programs.

  • Medication therapy management

    Residents complete medication reviews for qualified members with chronic conditions to improve therapeutic outcomes and reduce risk of adverse events.

  • Research project

    Residents complete a research project and prepare a manuscript that could be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. The project includes application of principles and best practices for research design. The project identifies therapy improvement needs or reports health outcomes. The research project is presented as a poster at a national pharmacist meeting.

  • Leadership and professional development

    Residents focus on professional growth and development through modeled professionalism within each learning experience, presentation, pharmacy practice and interactions with other workplace professionals. Residents will develop skills that will support lifelong learning and self-assessment that support growth as a managed care pharmacist practitioner.

Humana Benefits

  • Medical/dental/vision insurance
  • Life insurance and disability benefits
  • 401k program
  • Paid time off (PTO): 23 days of PTO, 8 hours of volunteer time off, 2 personal days, 7 holidays
  • Paid AMCP and ASHP membership and travel expenses to 3 professional meetings
  • Competitive compensation

How to apply

The 12-month program begins in July. Apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service by December 31.

Applicants must include the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • PharmD with official university transcript from an accredited school of pharmacy
  • Letter of intent (500 words or less) explaining why you are pursuing a managed care pharmacy residency and what you hope to gain from our program

Program location

Selected candidates will participate in an on-site interview in Louisville, Kentucky. To plan your visit, explore , opens new window Known for the Kentucky Derby and all things bourbon, Louisville, with its southern charm, is a thriving city that offers something for every personality. The city's economy is in transition, combining a reliance on traditional industries with redevelopment to attract new business enterprises. The face of the city has been changed by a downtown renaissance fueled by $2 billion in public and private investment. The metropolitan area spans 7 counties in Kentucky and Indiana and enjoys the advantages of both urban and rural living. The Louisville metropolitan area has a thriving art community, an affordable cost of living, neighborhoods for any lifestyle and a diverse population.

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Humana's program is accredited by ASHP in partnership with the AMCP.