Pharmacy Residency

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmaceutical Care is committed to training the next generation of pharmacists and has offered pharmacy residency programs since 1949. Pharmacy graduates are trained through several postgraduate year one (PGY1) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) residency programs. Four training programs are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and two are currently seeking accreditation. Additionally, the strong partnership with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy allows us to provide an extensive, well-rounded teaching, practice, and clinical research experience for our residents. Our residency graduates have gone on to key clinical, academic, and pharmacy leadership positions throughout the United States.

About the Programs

Pharmacists within the Department of Pharmaceutical Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics provide a wide variety of patient care, education, and research activities. To learn more about your specific area of interest, please follow the residency program links below for more information.


Annual stipends for the 2016–2017 fiscal year are as follows:

  • PGY1 - $48,500
  • PGY2 - $50,500

UI Hospitals and Clinics pays stipends monthly, usually on the first day of the month. For appointments that begin July 1, the first stipend will be paid Aug. 1.


Our salary and benefits compare with the top training programs in the country. We are committed through our benefits programs to protect trainees and their families and to offer them a wealth of services.

Read more about the following benefits:

  • Medical, dental, hospitalization and pharmacy coverage
  • Counseling and crisis management services
  • Life, disability, and malpractice coverage
  • Paid time off and leave information
    • UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmaceutical Care provides residents with 10 days of paid time off each year. Additionally, residents are provided with 18 days of paid sick time each year. Residents arrange for paid time off with their program director or his/her designee. Special requests for absences as a result of family issues, deaths, board examinations, professional meetings, and related matters must also be reviewed and approved by the program director. Time away from training for leaves that are necessary due to illness will be made up at the discretion of the program director in accordance with the needs of the house staff member to complete essential components of his/her training program. Female house staff members are entitled to up to six weeks of paid disability (maternity) leave for each pregnancy. If additional leave, either before or after delivery, is required for medical reasons associated with the pregnancy, this time will be granted. Accumulated sick and vacation time may be used to cover time off; however, some time may be unpaid. Non-birth parent house staff members, including domestic partners as defined by UI policy, have available five working days of paid time off for parental leave related to each recent birth or adoption of their child.
  • Retirement savings

Why Iowa?

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Our Facilities

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital are part of the state’s only academic medical center and the region’s largest health care center.

Our Rankings

Several of our service areas are rated among the nation’s best for teaching, research, and patient care.

Why University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics? 

  • Our pay and benefits make us a favorite choice among prospective residents.
  • The residency program is well established and allows residents to tailor the residency to meet their needs and interests while still achieving the goals set forth for the residency year.
  • The high caliber group of preceptors who are well experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to their profession.
  • The opportunity for teaching opportunities (i.e., precepting student pharmacists on rotation), completion of a teaching certificate program, as well as the close relationship with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy allows for additional opportunities for participation in student activities.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification for all postgraduate year one residents and Pediatric Advanced Life Support for Post graduate year two pediatric pharmacy residents.
  • Travel to regional and national pharmacy conferences.
  • Pharmacy has an integral involvement as part of the multidisciplinary team.
  • The practice of pharmacy at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is very progressive.

Contact Us

Mike Brownlee, PharmD, MS
Chief Pharmacy Officer and Associate Hospital Director
Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Education, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program Director

Deanna McDanel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
PGY1 Ambulatory Care Focused Track Coordinator
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Trisha Smith, PharmD

Director, Business and Support Services
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Jill Stein, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Hematology/Oncology
PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Sarah Tierney, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
PGY2 Pediatrics Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Brett Faine, PharmD, MS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Carver College of Medicine
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director