Organizational Overview

Founded in 1957 as a cooperative, HealthPartners is an integrated health care organization providing health care services and health plan financing and administration. It’s the largest consumer governed non-profit health care organization in the nation – serving more than 1.5 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide.

Our care system includes a multi-specialty group practice of more than 1,700 physicians that serves more than 1.2 million patients. HealthPartners employs over 22,500 people, all working together to deliver the HealthPartners mission: To improve health and well-being in partnership with our members, patients, and community.

Residency Overview

The program will provide the resident with experiences in pharmacy benefit management, evaluation of pharmacy utilization data, drug information, participation in P&T Committee functions, completion of a residency project, education of patients and health care professionals, participation in journal club, a seminar presentation, and chronic care activities in the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program at one of HealthPartners Medical Group clinics. Elective rotations can be arranged based on the resident’s interests.

Meet Current/Past Residents

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Program Accredited?

Yes, our Managed Care residency program is accredited by both the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists (AMCP) and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)

How is the Residency Offered?

The Managed Care Residency program is offered to any applicant who completed the application process by the specified deadline. Interviews are typically conducted in the month of February. Concluding the interview process, all ranked candidates will be submitted to ASHP’s Resident Matching Program. Matched candidates will receive a congratulatory email.

Is Participation in the ASHP Matching Program (the “Match”) Required?

Yes, participation is required for our Managed Care Residency Program; the program code for the ASHP Match Program is [insert program matching number]

How Many Resident Positions are Available and What are the Requirements to apply?

There is currently 1 PGY1 Managed Care Residency position available. Matched Resident must have completed a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited pharmacy school prior to starting the program.

What Should I Expect at the Time of the On-Site Interview?

The interview process entails a half day of meetings, interviews, and a tour of the health plan office building. The interview consists of 2 panel-like interviews with the program preceptors, each one hour, followed by an hour long Q&A with the current resident(s). HealthPartners does not provide reimbursement for lodging and transportation but can assist with facilitating and coordinating lodging/transportation if needed.

How and When is the Resident Selected for the Residency?

The resident is selected by the pharmacy department and residency director based on a variety of criteria including previous experience, professional involvement, education, on site interview, and overall application quality.

Does the Resident Need to be Licensed in the State of Minnesota?

Yes, it’s a requirement of the program that the resident receive their Minnesota licensure within 90 days of starting the program. While not mandatory, it is preferred that both the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) be completed before the start day of the program.

What are the “Required” Learning Experiences and How are the Rotations?

Many residency learning experiences are longitudinal, with some rotations being one to two months in length. The first 6 months of the program helps to build a strong foundation in patient care with the resident spending 3 days a week in clinic, engaging in direct patient care performing comprehensive medication management. The second half of the program emphasizes learning experiences at the health plan. The required learning experiences include Formulary Management, Drug Utilization Management/Review, Prior Authorization, Health Plan Operations, Specialty Pharmacy

Leadership, Quality and Management, and a longitudinal Research Project. Elective rotations can also be arranged based on your interests.

What Expectations are Placed on the Resident?

The resident is expected to complete all program requirements, as agreed upon the by the residency director and resident. The resident is also expected to attend all program meetings and residency functions in a professional manner and complete all patient care documentation in a timely fashion. A major research project is required to be completed during the residency and presented at the AMCP Annual conference in the spring.

What are the Staffing Commitments?

There are no weekend and evening staffing requirements for this residency program.

What Presentations or Publications are Expected of the Resident?

The resident is not expected to publish their research, but is strongly encouraged to do so. Opportunities for publication are available for the resident. The longitudinal research project must be presented at the AMCP Annual conference.

How is the Resident Evaluated?

The resident is evaluated through an online evaluation tool called PharmAcademic. Residents will receive a midpoint and final evaluation for each of the program rotations. Longer rotations, such as patient care and formulary management, will have quarterly evaluations. All residents will also have weekly one on one meetings with the residency director and regularly scheduled meetings with preceptors for direct feedback as well.

What Stipend and Benefit Program is Offered?

The annual stipend is competitive, Residents also receive comprehensive health insurance and as well as vacation and paid time off.  The program also covers lodging, travel, and food expenses for one national conference.

What Other Support is Available to the Resident During the Residency?

All preceptors and team members have an open door policy and are readily available to help and support all residents. Many past residents continue to work for HealthPartners and are available to serve as mentors. Due to affiliation with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, residents have access to the medical library of a large university institution with remote access available for research.

What Living Arrangements are Available for the Resident?

The Twin Cities and the surrounding suburbs offer a variety of housing opportunities, including many apartments, houses, and townhomes near the office location. As a Resident, you get a parking pass to park in the lot, however, if you prefer public transportation the office building is conveniently located on a light rail transit stop.

What Entertainment and Cultural Opportunities are Available in the Twin Cities Area?

With four unique seasons, Minnesota offers a wide range of climates and activities to enjoy. With spring, summer, fall and winter come hiking trails, lakes, apple orchards and ski hills. Indeed, if you enjoy the outdoors, Minnesota has an endless variety of year-round adventures ready at a moment’s notice. Come check out all the Minnesota has to offer.

What is your affiliation with the University Of Minnesota College Of Pharmacy Residency Program?

HealthPartners provides its’ residents the opportunity to participate in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Academic days. These are days where more than 20 ambulatory care residents get together at various locations around the state for educational programming.  It provides an opportunity for the U of MN residents to learn about managed care and provides more collegiality for our HealthPartners residents.  All residents complete a grand rounds presentation as well as a clinical case presentation during the year.  HealthPartners residents also teach during the second semester at the University of MN.  Typically that commitment is 4 hours/week.

Application Deadline and Requirements

Contact the Residency Program Director if you have any questions about the program or the application process.

Applicant must submit an application via the PhORCAS system.

Application material includes Curriculum Vitae, College of Pharmacy Transcripts, three Letters of Recommendation, as well as a Cover Letter describing career goals and reasons for applying to the Managed Care Residency Program.

All application materials must be received by the specified deadline.

An On-site Interview is required.

Interviews will be conducted [insert when interviews will be conducted].

Submit match rankings before the Phase 1 Rank Order List deadline.