• Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness
  • Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness

Pharmacy Residency Program

Sun Life Family Health Center Community Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program

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

Residency Description and Purpose

Sun Life 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, nutrition management, anticoagulation, HIV, infectious diseases, and other complex disease states. 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 pursue a teaching certificate. 

Our Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Medication optimization
  • Diabetes Education and Self-Management 
  • Diabetes group education classes/individual assessments
  • Weight loss, nutrition, and ketogenic diet counseling
  • Monthly Lunch & Learns for medical staff
  • Community Health Fairs 

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 Rotations 
Community Pharmacy Practice
Innovation block to create your own clinic
Diabetes Management
Chronic Disease Management
Ambulatory Care Specialty
Pharmacy Management and Financial Responsibility 
Elective of your choosing

*Length of each rotation: 4-8 weeks

Longitudinal Rotations
Medication Reconciliation/MTM
Chronic Disease Management 
Diabetes Management
Staffing: Community pharmacy, 4-14 hours per week 
Clinical Pharmacy Project

Other Experiences
In-services, formal presentations, MUEs
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
Clinical Educators Teaching Certificate through Midwestern University 
Opportunities to provide and expand clinical services to other Sun Life sites

Current Resident Projects
  • Annual Wellness Visits
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • HIV Management Clinic
  • Transitions of Care
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Nutrition/Ketogenic Diet
  • Women’s Health Clinic

How to Apply

To be considered for an on-site interview for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Sun Life, applicants must be graduates of an ACPE accredited pharmacy school and provide the following using the PhORCAS website:

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

Application Deadline: 1/5/2018
Residency Start Date: 7/2/2018
Number of positions: 2

Residency Requirements
Matched residents must be licensed pharmacist interns prior to the start of residency.
Matched residents must have passed the NAPLEX and Arizona MPJE by August 31 of the year the residency began.

Competitive salary 
Medical, dental, and life insurance
PTO (paid-time off) accrual which can be used for professional conferences, vacation, or sick leave
Holiday pay

Residency ASHP Website


Residency Program Director

Matthew Bertsch, Pharm.D. matthew.bertsch@slfhc.org

Primary Residency Contact

Chris Pavero, Pharm.D.  christopher.pavero@slfhc.org

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