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Why Choose St. Francis

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program 2023

Purpose statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. The residency program at St. Francis will begin in July 2023.

Program description

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Francis Regional Medical Center is focused on providing a strong community hospital learning experience with unique exposure to both in-patient and out-patient pharmacy practice. Residents develop the clinical skills necessary to become a valued member of the patient care team, while also strengthening communication, leadership and professional skills throughout the year.

Residents will interact with a diverse group of healthcare professionals including: clinical pharmacists, providers, nurses along with several other professions, to understand the team approach that is used to care for patients. In addition to strengthening clinical skills and knowledge residents will have the opportunity to participate in educating healthcare professional via in-service presentations, teaching students, staffing, and completing a diverse set of projects throughout the year.

Upon completion of the residency pharmacists will have gained the clinical and leadership skills to practice in a hospital setting or go on to additional training. Residents will also have had the opportunity to work within a large healthcare system and created a strong network of colleagues to support you throughout your professional career.

Required Learning Experiences*

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Oncology
  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Practice Management and Leadership

Elective Learning Experiences*

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Rehabilitation/Spine
  • Overnight Decentral
  • Pharmacy Informatics (2 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • System Formulary (2 weeks)

*Learning experiences are 4 weeks in length unless otherwise noted

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Major project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Medication Safety
  • Staffing


Each resident staffs a decentral practice area or central pharmacy every other weekend, following completion of introductory training through the end of the residency year. Also, each resident will work two of six observed holidays.


  • Stipend: Competitive – contact site
  • Personal office space, personal computer, telephone and pager
  • Health, dental and life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Financial support for approved national, state and local pharmacy meetings
  • Access to online resources

Application process


  • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Licensure as a Minnesota pharmacist no later than August 1
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.

Application materials

  • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (Match number: 2957)
  • Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Letter of intent
  • Letters of reference (3)

For program information please contact:

For Program information please email Travis Tacheny, residency program director.

Phone: 952-428-2030 | Email:

PGY1 Residency Preceptors

Travis Tacheny, PharmD
Residency Program Director and Specialty Pharmacy Preceptor

Travis Tacheny is a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator and the residency program director for PGY1 residency at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. He earned is doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Travis completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2015 and after completion joined the St. Francis pharmacy team as a staff pharmacist with a focus on emergency medicine. After 3 years of practice at St. Francis he transitioned to a managed care role managing specialty drug utilization for HealthPartners. In his current role, Travis focuses on improving patient care and outcomes through enhancement and expansion of current pharmacy clinical services for both in-patient and out-patient care areas. Travis’s professional interests include critical care medicine, specialty drug management and health economics and fortunate that his role exposes him to all. He also has a passion for teaching young and future pharmacists and providing learning experiences that will give them the experience and skill set to be successful clinical pharmacists.

Joseph Statz, PharmD
Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Preceptor

Joseph (preferred name: Joe) is responsible for the infectious disease rotation at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Joe earned his doctorate of pharmacy from Creighton University in 2017. He completed his PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Upon graduation of residency he moved to Minnesota and began practicing at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Joe has a special interest in infectious disease and regularly looks for opportunities to strengthen the hospitals antimicrobial stewardship program. In his free time, Joe enjoys watching soccer and is a particularly enthusiastic fan of Liverpool Football Club in England.

Adam Bakken, PharmD., DPL
Leadership Preceptor

Adam the pharmacy manager and is responsible for leadership of a highly skilled pharmacy department supporting an 83 staffed-bed community acute care hospital, freestanding urgent care, and multiple hospital-based clinics. He is the Chief Medication Safety Officer at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with Leadership Emphasis. In his career, he has worked as a Clinical Pharmacist with emphases in Oncology, Mental Health, and Investigational Drug Studies. He transitioned to pharmacy leadership beginning in 2014 and has been with St. Francis since 2018. He has served as President of MSHP-Central and numerous other MSHP volunteer opportunities. He is passionate in mentoring students and pharmacists committed to supporting his patients, profession, and community.

Bryant Torkelson, PharmD.
Oncology Preceptor

Mai Doan, PharmD., BCPS
Internal Medicine Preceptor

David Green, PharmD., BCPS
Emergency Medicine Preceptor

Luke Twedt, PharmD., BCPS
Pharmacy Operations Preceptor

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