Pharmacy Residency Program

Sun Life Health Community Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program

Sun Life Health has a progressive pharmacy department that is rapidly growing and advancing in community and clinical services. Our residency program is dedicated to preparing pharmacists for leadership and administrative roles within community health centers, such as clinical positions in community and ambulatory care settings or preparation for a PGY2 residency. To ensure optimal care, the residency program offers a wide-range of opportunities to work with our providers in the management of diabetes, weight and nutrition management, anticoagulation, and other complex disease states. Residents will train in 340B compliant community pharmacies embedded in primary clinics with full EHR access. In the primary care setting, residents will be able to work with multidisciplinary teams consisting of medical doctors, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, diabetes educators, and behavioral health educators. Residents will also be given the opportunity to co-precept pharmacy students and we offer academic affiliation with University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale.

The mission of Sun Life Health

At Sun Life Health, our mission is to deliver affordable, accessible, and high quality services, wellness and education to all people.

Our Community Pharmacy

  • Joint Commission Accredited
  • Fully Staffed Community Pharmacy
  • Bilingual staff
  • Automated dispensing machine
  • Sliding-scale prescription program
  • Dual inventory: 340B and Wholesale acquisition cost (WAC)
  • Electronic health record access

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Community Pharmacy Practice
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services (Diabetes, Anticoagulation, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, MAT, Weight Management)
  • Advanced Diabetes Management
  • Administration

Other Experiences

  • In-services, formal presentations
  • Academic affiliation with University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Academic affiliation with Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale, AZ
  • Opportunity to precept IPPE and APPE students
  • Opportunity to lecture P1-P3 students
  • Opportunities to provide and expand clinical services to other Sun Life Health sites

How to Apply

To be considered for an on-site interview for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Sun Life Health, applicants must be US Citizens who are graduates of an ACPE accredited pharmacy school and eligible for licensure in the state of Arizona.

The following are required to be submitted through PhORCAS:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Pharmacy school transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: 1/3/2024
Residency Start Date: 6/24/2024
Number of positions: 2


  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Holiday pay
  • Paid Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Professional Conference Reimbursement

Residency ASHP Website

Contact Information:

Residency Program Director
Matthew Bertsch, Pharm.D. (520-836-3446 ext. 2020)

Primary Residency Contact
Elise Walker, Pharm.D., CDCES. (520-836-3446 ext. 2122)

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ASHP Residency Code: 81048

NMS Code: 256315