Frequently Asked Questions


1. How many residents do you accept?

6 residents for the 2019-2020 residency year

2. Is this program accredited?

Yes.  Our Program is fully accredited with the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board.  This means that successful graduates from our Program will receive their ACPR designation, which stands for "Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Practice Residency Program".

3. Where will I live during my residency?

Upon acceptance into our Program, our residents will be assigned to one of two Pods: the Kelowna Pod or the Kamloops Pod.  The Pods will serve as the home site for our residents, where our residents will complete the majority of their core rotations and some of their elective rotations. 

Residents in the Kelowna Pod will live in Kelowna during their residencies and residents in the Kamloops Pod will live in Kamloops.

Kelowna and Kamloops are home to the two tertiary care, university-affliated, academic teaching hospitals in Interior Health.

Residents, regardless of the Pod, also have the opportunity to do elective rotations at other sites in Interior Health, which enhances the diversity of their residency experiences.

4. How many residents are there in each Pod and do I get to choose my Pod?

The Kelowna Pod consists of 4 residents and the Kamloops Pod consists of 2 residents.

Upon acceptance into the Program, residents will be provided with the opportunity to outline their preference for a particular Pod.  This information will taken into consideration, however there is no guarantee that the resident will be assigned to their "preferred" Pod.  Residents will have the same learning opportunities and will complete the same curriculum, regardless of the Pod they are assigned to.

5. What's the difference in curriculum between Pods?

None.  There is no difference in curriculum between Pods.  Residents in the Kelowna and Kamloops Pods will complete the same curriculum.  The Pods simply serve as the home site for the residents and are where the residents will complete the majority of their core rotations.  Residents in both Pods will be able to choose from the same list of elective direct patient care rotations.  The location of these electives depends on the elective rotations chosen.

Residents in the Kelowna and Kamloops Pods will have the same learning opportunities, regardless of the Pod.  This includes participating in the same Academic Half Day Program and Resident Mentorship Program.  Residents in both Pods will also have the same access to residency research projects. 

Preceptors involved in our residency program, including at both home sites, are highly skilled and motivated practitioners and are experienced at precepting.  Many have won awards for their precepting and teaching.

6. Is there a stipend to help cover travel and accommodation costs?

Our residents receive a stipend to help cover travel and accommodation costs for rotations completed outside their home site (Kelowna and Kamloops).  The Program has a list of accommodation options close to all rotation sites.  The resident will receive a stipend to help cover travel and accommodation costs for all core and elective rotations completed outside of their home site. 

7. What kind of support is available to Interior Health residents?

Our program has many layers of support available to residents.  This includes the Program Coordinator and Program Director, their preceptors, their fellow residents and the staff at their rotation sites.  All of the individuals involved in the Program are very familiar with what it is like to be resident and challenges and triumphs associated with this and are committed to making this the best possible experience for our residents.  Residents meet regularly throughout the year with the Program Coordinator.  In addition, our residents are paired with two mentors, who can act as an extra support person throughout the residency year.

8. Will I have a work space to call home during my residency?

Yes.  Residents are given an office at Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital to make their own during their residencies.  They are also given the necessary equipment, including a laptop and iPhone, with access to online medication and medical resources, that they can use throughout their residencies.  When completing rotations outside KGH and RIH, residents will have a workspace available to them at their rotation sites.   

9. What type of employment arrangement do I enter into when I accept a position with the Interior Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program?

Soon after matching with the Interior Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program, you will receive a Letter of Offer which outlines these terms.

You are entering into a 1-year term contract with Interior Health. You may choose to enter into one of two Residency Training Agreements.  In return, you will commit to working as a Grade 2 Clinical Pharmacist within Interior Health Pharmacy Services for 12 months following the completion of your residency program. 

If you choose to enter into a Residency Training Agreement, there are two to choose from (click the title to read the details of the agreement):

10. Does this mean that in order to complete a residency with Interior Health, I have to enter into the Residency Training Agreement?

No.  However, regardless of whether you enter into the Residency Training Agreement, we hope that you would still like to work for us when you are done your residency.  

11. Does the Residency Training Agreement need to align with the Pod I am assigned to?

 No.  The Residency Training Agreement is separate from the Pod.  You can choose to sign either Residency Training Agreement, regardless of the Pod you are assigned to.

12. If I enter into the Residency Training Agreement, am I going to get the job that I want when I am done my residency or will I get placed somewhere?

This is explained in the Residency Training Agreements. Residents will have an opportunity to select from and apply to the available positions within Interior Health Pharmacy Services.  Every effort will be made to match the resident to the available position that he/she has selected.  We work with our residents to find the position that best suits them.  In addition, once hired and a member of the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association, you would have the same status as any other staff pharmacist in our department, including the ability to apply for jobs that become available throughout our region, provided you qualify for them.

13. Will I be let go after I complete the one year of employment after residency?

Our hope is that you will find Interior Health Pharmacy Services an enjoyable and rewarding place to work and that you will continue to work with us for many years to come.  Nothing about the Residency Training Agreement is meant to imply that our desire to have you work for us ends after any particular period of time.

14. Once employed as a clinical pharmacist, what happens if I need to go on maternity or parenteral leave?

As a clinical pharmacist, the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association covers you.  All leaves and rights are applicable under the said agreement.  Upon return from your leave, you will resume the remainder of your commitment to the employer.

15. How much vacation would I get as a resident?

Two weeks (10 working days) paid vacation.

16. Will I have the opportunity to attend a conference during my residency?

Our residents receive a stipend to attend a conference during their residency, as well as 1 week (5 working days) of residency time to attend a conference.  Residents are also encouraged to attend other conferences or educational events, such as CSHP events, as their schedules allow.

17. I am currently working as an Interior Health pharmacist, do I get preferential consideration when applying to the Interior Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program?


18. Are there jobs in Interior Health for when I am done my residency?

Yes.  This an exciting time to be in Interior Health.  The Interior Health Pharmacy Department is growing.  There are many opportunities for residency-trained Clinical Pharmacists throughout our region, this includes positions in the large tertiary care centres, as well as the smaller rural hospitals.  We work with our residents to find the position that best suits them.

19. Will I get benefits as a resident?

Yes.  You will get dental and extended health benefits in addition to your salary as a resident.


More Questions?

Contact the Program Coordinator.  The Program Coordinator is not the appropriate person to contact regarding legal questions pertaining to the Residency Training Agreement.  These questions should be directed to your lawyer.