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Pharmacy residency

At Aetna, we invest in our pharmacist clinicians. Our pharmacy residency program is designed to develop postgraduate pharmacists for operational, clinical and leadership roles in managed care. Learn more about joining our pharmacy residency program and how we can help you get the training you need to succeed.



Statement of purpose

Statement of purpose

This program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. It aims to develop pharmacist clinicians with diverse patient care, leadership and education skills, who will then be eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. A managed care pharmacy residency will give organized training to pharmacists. So they can gain professional experience in the delivery of patient care and managed care pharmacy practice.


The postgraduate year one (PGY1) managed care pharmacy residency at Aetna® Medicaid will train postgraduate pharmacists for leadership, clinical and operational roles in managed care. These roles include:


  • Prior authorization pharmacist
  • Medication therapy management (MTM) pharmacist
  • Health plan pharmacy manager/director
  • Drug information pharmacist
  • Utilization management pharmacist
  • Formulary management pharmacist
  • Quality improvement pharmacist

Residency special features

Residency special features

The Aetna PGY1 managed care pharmacy resident will be a core part of the Clinical Pharmacy Quality team. This team performs quality initiatives for Medicaid plans, Part D Special Needs Plans and Medicare-Medicaid plans. These actions help boost our Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Star Ratings and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures. Residents will get experience in:


  • Prior authorization reviews
  • Formulary management
  • Utilization management
  • Health plan pharmacy benefit management
  • Part D CMS regulations
  • State Medicaid regulations for pharmacy benefits


They will join in Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee meetings and interdisciplinary team meetings. They also must do a residency project and go to national and regional pharmacy conferences.


The Aetna Medicaid PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in partnership with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP).

Program detail

Program detail

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will ask for, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. This residency takes part in both the ASHP Resident Matching Program (the Match) and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Applicants must register for the Match. Then, they can send applications to participating residencies using PhORCAS.

Past residents’ placements

92% of past residents were placed in managed care positions after graduation, with:


  • 54% at a health plan
  • 30% at a pharmacy benefit manager
  • 8% at a PGY2 residency

The remaining 8% were placed at a fellowship.

Residency showcase locations

Our residency showcases include the:


  • University of Arizona Pharmacy Residency Showcase
  • AMCP Nexus 
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting 
  • Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale Residency Showcase

Residency contacts

Donna Lynn Obra, Pharm.D.

Residency Program Director

Send Donna an email.
Or you can reach Donna by phone at 602-798-2713.

Adrianna Vildusea

Residency Coordinator

Send Adrianna an email.
Or you can reach Adrianna by phone at 602-659-1128.

Aetna Medicaid Administrators

You can call us at
602-659-1100 (TTY: 711).
Or send a letter to:

Aetna Medicaid Administrators
4500 E. Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Residency program details

Residency program details

Read more about the Aetna Medicaid PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency program. 

Residency program details