Frequently Asked Questions Pharmacy Residency PGY-1, Royal Oak

When does the residency start?

July 1

What teaching opportunities are there for residents?

  • Residents will be expected to play an active role in precepting Doctor of Pharmacy students who are scheduled on rotation with them. Beaumont receives students from a number of different Colleges of Pharmacy.
  • There is an opportunity for residents to provide a didactic lecture at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Wayne State University if the resident has such an interest.
  • Residents give an oral presentation to the Pharmacy Staff on several of their rotations. These presentations fall into the categories of journal club, topic discussion, debate and case presentation. Residents also provide a continuing education lecture to the Department.
  • Residents interested in teaching can select the academic rotation as an elective.
  • Residents have an opportunity to participate in a Teaching Certificate Program offered in conjunction with Wayne State University.

What is the staffing requirement?

Residents will have staffing responsibilities every third weekend and 1 major and 1 minor holiday.  

What is your licensure policy for PGY-1 residents?

All residents entering the program must be fully licensed (passing of both the NAPLEX and Michigan law exam) by their start date. In the event that the resident is not licensed on their start date a one-month grace period may be granted. Such cases will be evaluated on an individual basis by the PGY-1 Program Director, the Director of Pharmacy and other preceptors as appropriate. Failure to become licensed during this one month period may result in dismissal from the program.

* for out-of-state residents the initial licensure can be in the state from which they graduated

Resident Instructions Post-Match for Obtaining Pharmacist Licensure in Michigan 

  • Within one week of match results being released:

    • Go to and pay fees
    • Turn in fees, fingerprints and application forms for the pharmacist- and controlled substance licenses (ALL different application forms) to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy.  Note:  You only need to get fingerprinting done once for all applications. 
    • For out-of-state candidates:  Send in an intern application at the same time with a cover letter explaining that you are entering a residency program and need to have an active Michigan intern license by July 1st. This requires a separate fee and is necessary in the event that you are not fully licensed as a pharmacist by July 1st. 
  • For out-of-state candidates:  There are multiple forms to choose from when applying for pharmacist licensure in Michigan.  If you are planning to obtain your pharmacist license in another state in addition to Michigan we recommend that you submit the "License by Examination" form, instead of teh "License by Score Transfer" form to Michigan.  You should also designate Michigan as your state of "primary jurisdiction" when registering for the NAPLEX (and designate your home state, or any additional states, as "score transfers").  This will allow you to obtain primary licenses in both Michigan and your home state, but will expedite the licensure process in Michigan and enable you to take the NABPLEX and Michigan MPJE sooner than if submitting any of the other forms listed.  
  • Once you receive your authorization to test (ATT), schedule your North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Michigan Jurisprudence Exam (MJPE)through Pearson Vue at the earliest possible dates. These examinations must be taken if at all possible prior to June 25th. It is expected that incoming residents will drive up to 120 miles (2 hours) to identify a testing center with an available date. If this presents a problem which is not under your control to resolve please email Maureen Smythe at

Information about Royal Oak, its surrounding area, and links to housing search:

Beaumont Hospital is located in the city of Royal Oak, Michigan. Located in Oakland County, Royal Oak’s close proximity to major freeways make it a convenient place to work and live. Royal Oak has the appeal of a small town with a growing downtown area. Downtown Royal Oak offers a wide variety of specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment. Many affordable options for housing are available in the surrounding areas.  In addition, Birmingham, Clawson, Troy and Berkley are all located close to the hospital and are other areas to consider in your housing search. For further information, the following websites may be helpful:

Royal Oak and surrounding areas:           

Housing searches:

Beaumont also provides discounted housing services close to the hospital through Belle Court Apartments. More information can be obtained by calling 248-288-0715.

Local Attractions

  • Detroit Opera House
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra- Max M. Fisher Music Center
  • Emagine Theatre- Royal Oak
  • Fox Theatre
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Detroit Zoo
  • The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
  • Royal Oak Arts, Beats and Eats                                            
  • Downtown Birmingham
  • Downtown Royal Oak
  • Somerset Collection                                  
  • Comerica Park- Detroit Tigers and outdoor concerts and events
  • Ford Field- Detroit Lions
  • Joe Louis Arena- Detroit Red Wings
  • Palace of Auburn Hills- Detroit Pistons