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Community Pharmacists

Ochsner Specialty Pharmacy offers a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with an emphasis on specialty. It is an ASHP-Accredited year-long program with longitudinal rotations that are designed to build upon the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications. Two positions are available each year.

The PGY-1 Community-based Residency Program at Ochsner Specialty Pharmacy (OSP) in conjunction with Ochsner Health System will focus on developing pharmacists as leaders within the profession with an emphasis on the role of pharmacy in specialty pharmacy.

  • To develop competent practitioners with an understanding of rational drug therapy and the ability to ensure safe, effective, and economical use of drugs.
  • To provide experiences which enhances the resident’s ability to design, implement, provide and improve specialty pharmacy services.
  • To develop oral and written communication skills including enhancement of teaching skills and scholarly activity.
  • To develop investigative and problem-solving skills.


  • Orientation (60 days)
  • Specialty- Hepatology/Transplant/HIV
  • Specialty-Inflammatory
  • Specialty- Oncology/Hematology
  • Drug Information
  • Leadership
  • Community I-Primary Care
  • Transition of Care Clinic
  • Digital Medicine


(2 electives for 2 weeks will be offered in the spring)

  • Drug Access
  • Ambulatory Care-Refill Clinic
  • Academia
  • Manufacturer Relations
  • Ambulatory Care-Specialty Clinics
  • Leadership

  • Research Project - Residents will be provided a list of research topics to choose from at which point they will develop a protocol, submit to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), collect data, present their research at appropriate conference, and complete a publishable manuscript. The resident will work under the mentorship of a preceptor to enhance the resident’s skills in study design, data collection, data analysis and results reporting.
  • Continuing Education Presentation - Resident will present two 60-minute formal continuing education presentations for the pharmacy department.
  • Physician Lecture Series - Residents will present one 20-minute pharmacotherapy topic to Internal Medicine resident physicians.
  • Journal Club - Residents will present one journal club per year to the pharmacy department.
  • Quality Improvement Project - Residents will present a formal quality improvement project
  • Collaborative Practice Agreement - Residents will gain experience from creating a collaborative practice agreement and evaluating current collaborative practice agreements
  • Business Case - Residents will create and present a business case to the leadership team.

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Health and Wellness Program
  • Discounted gym membership
  • 10 days of vacation & 6 holidays - A resident may not be absent from a rotation for >5 days, except to fulfill program-required leave

  • Letter of intent
  • Academic transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate of an accredited College/School of Pharmacy
  • Eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of Louisiana
  • Must obtain a Louisiana pharmacy intern license by start of the program (if not licensed as a pharmacist)
  • Licensed in the State of Louisiana before the program begins or shortly thereafter
  • Materials should be submitted via the PHORCAS

Deadline for completed applications is January 13th, 2023

Only fully completed applications will be considered for a virtual interview.

Current Residents

Lauren LaForge, PharmD

Lauren LaForge, PharmD

Where you are from: River Ridge, LA
Education: University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy, Monroe LA
Practice Area(s) of Interest: oncology
Hobbies: Running and walking my dog Remi, but my new favorite hobby is playing pickleball.
Fun fact: One of the things I look forward to the most is going skiing with my family every year in Salt Lake City!