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    After graduation, it is recommended that new pharmacists complete a post-graduate pharmacy residency to further develop their practice skills. Most of our graduates complete their residency training elsewhere, but every year we offer a number of residency opportunities here.

    The McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers three residency programs: Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and a Drug Information Residency.

    PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency+

    The PGY1 Community Residency features opportunities to develop skills in establishing clinical services (including disease management and MTM) and financially viable business models of patient care. Upon completion of the 12-month program residents are prepared to own and operate an independent community pharmacy, provide ambulatory disease statement management, implement and sustain profitable clinical services, and to teach and precept learners. Typically there are two residency positions available each year. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in partnership with the American Pharmacists Association and it is structured around four primary components: practice, service, teaching and scholarship. 

    Practice

    The practice component includes both required experiences and electives that allow the resident to explore areas of personal interest.

    Required Learning Experiences
    • Orientation (1 month)
    • Community pharmacy practice, management and ownership (12 months)
    • Academic community pharmacy practice (12 months) 
    Elective (1-month concentrated, select up to 2):
    • Planned based on resident interest and may include:
      • Compounding
      • Transition of Care
      • Anticoagulation
      • Novel learning experience proposals considered
    The program currently has two residency practice sites: 
    Christ Health Center, a federally qualified health center with medical, dental and pharmacy services that focus on patient centered medical care through an interdisciplinary approach located in a poor, predominantly African American neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala. With a full dispensing pharmacy located within the medical clinic, the site offers residents the opportunity to see work with patients from the start of care all the way to the completion of counseling. Fournded by a local church to meet the needs of an underserved population, Christ Health Center takes a faith-based approach to care. Residents work with patients to improve affordability of medications through a 340B program and patient assistance programs. In addition to these services, Christ Health Center is an innovative pharmacy with both a Travel Medicine Clinic and a Diabetes Clinic.   
    Chad's Payless Pharmacy, Inc. is a family owned and operated independent, community pharmacy with one location in downtown Florence, Ala. It is conveniently located adjacent to three physicians' offices and is a few blocks away from the ECM Hospital and Riverbend Center for Mental Health. Chad's Payless also shares a building with an adult medicine practice, Singing River Healthcare, LLC, which is staffed by a nurse practitioner. Residents participate in ambulatory care services and work with the nurse practitioner in the clinic setting one day a week. In addition to their dispensing services, the pharmacy offers travel and adult immunizations, biometric health screenings, MTM services and adherence packaging, among other innovative offerings. 

    Staffing

    As a  resident, you will work in the pharmacy up to 10 weekday hours per week and up to 16 weekend hours per month. This service may be either staffing or clinical, depending on the needs of the practice site. You will also complete one community service activity of your choice annually.

    Teaching

    During your residency, you will develop your skills as an educator and a preceptor for learners by co-precepting student pharmacists on community pharmacy rotations and/or ambulatory care rotations, by leading discussions with students and by participating in student evaluations.

    As part of your residency, you also will complete a teaching and learning program with other local residents. The program will introduce to you concepts of academic teaching, precepting techniques and other educational theories. 

    It will also provide opportunities to teach in the didactic, laboratory and experiential setting. You will provide in-services to the pharmacy staff, conduct continuing education presentations for pharmacists and technicians and offer education sessions on various topics to member of the local community.

    Scholarship

    While completing your residency, you will conduct a research project and present your findings at the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC). You will also submit at least one publication to a peer-reviewed journal and one national poster to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting. Additionally, you will participate in the internal publication and social media efforts of the residency program and receive multiple opportunities to offer ACPE accredited continuing education.

    Benefits of the community pharmacy resident program include:

    • 12 personal vacation dates and nine administrative leave days 
    • Paid travel and lodging to ASHP midyear meeting and SERC
    • Potential travel to NCPA Annual Convention and APhA Annual Meeting
    • Competitive compensation
    • Liability protection
    • Access to full medical, dental and vision insurance
    • Access to Samford University drug information resources

    Application Process

    Applications are due by January of each year, and are available via PhORCAS. Required materials include:

    • Completed PhORCAS application
    • Letter of Intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official pharmacy school transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation (one from a community pharmacist)

    Note: Due to state regulations that significantly delay licensure, we are unable to consider international applications.

    Contact Us

    For more information about the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency, contact Kim Benner, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG. at kwbenner@samford.edu or 205-726-2076.

    PGY1 Pharmacy Residency+

    The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency offers advanced training in patient care services in the public health setting that places you on the cutting edge of contemporary ambulatory care practice. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and it offers you many opportunities to grow in your professional practice. Our program is offered in partnership with the Jefferson County Department of Health.

    Through this residency, you will enhance your skills in therapeutic intervention and management as a member of the health care team. You will run disease-state education management clinics for diabetes, pre-diabetes, cardiovascular disease and smoking cessation patients. You will help educate students and patients, while offering continuing education for other health care providers. Within the Jefferson County Collaborative team, you will collaborate to develop ideas, projects and plans to impact the underserved patients who are at the highest risk in Jefferson County. In addition to the clinical experiences and exposure you will gain, you will also receive a teaching certificate upon completion of the residency. The program includes responsibilities in four primary areas: patient care, teaching, scholarship and public health.

    Patient Care (primary care clinic setting)

    • Assess past medical history, current medications and lifestyle risk factors in order to formulate patient-specific therapeutic recommendations
    • Comprehensively monitor drug therapy to ensure optimal health outcomes in four pharmacist-run clinics
    • Participate in collaborative practice with adult health ambulatory care physicians to establish and monitor health care plans
    • Educate patients about medications and provide appropriate counseling
    • Identify, administer and counsel on international travel vaccinations to those travelling abroad in the International Medicine Clinic

    Teaching

    • Pharmacotherapy education and training for health care providers and rotation students
    • Develop and contribute to educational conferences or other functions for medical, nursing and pharmacy staff in assigned patient care areas
    • Help supervise and train pharmacy students of Samford University on clinical practice rotations
    • Contribute to departmental activities that enhance the training and practice of staff pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the department

    Scholarship

    • Develop and implement a longitudinal research project with the intent to provide a measurable impact on aspects of medication utilization
    • Participate in clinical drug research and ongoing research projects within the department of health
    • As a principal or co-investigator, design and conduct research projects that measure the impact of pharmacy activity on patient outcomes, drug expenditures or practice modification
    • Evaluate program, medication and medication class effectiveness as part of quality improvement initiatives

    Public Health

    • Develop policies and procedures for emergency preparedness
    • Assist with emergency preparedness drills
    • In the event of an emergency, assist with the execution of the plan
    • Work with public health team members in the varied departments to learn about public health and wellness practices 
    • Engage in local and state initiatives to improve public health and wellness

    Benefits of the pharmacy resident program include:

    • 12 days paid time off
    • Paid holidays in accordance with primary practice site
    • Paid travel and lodging to ASHP meeting and SERC
    • Competitive compensation
    • Liability protection
    • Access to full medical, dental and vision insurance
    • Access to Samford University drug information resources

    Application Process

    Applications are due in January of each year, and are available via PhORCAS. Required materials include:
    • Completed PhORCAS application
    • Letter of Intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official pharmacy school transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation

    Note: Due to state regulations that significantly delay licensure, we are unable to consider international applications.

    Contact us

    For more information about the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency contact Dr. Dee Dugan, Pharm D at bdugan@samford.edu or 205-726-2914.

    Drug Information Residency+

    The Samford University Global Drug Information Center offers a one-year specialized residency in Drug Information. The residency is a structured education and training experience designed to offer comprehensive and intensive training in all aspects of drug information services, including literature search and evaluation, formulary management, policy and procedure design, as well as newsletter preparation. The objectives of this residency were developed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

    Who Should Apply?

    You will need to have earned your Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a school accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education. You will also need to have your U.S. pharmacy license. Finally, it is optimal, but not required, that you have finished a generalized pharmacy practice residency before you start the Drug Information Specialized Residency.

    What Will You Do in This Residency?

    During this intensive year, you will receive balanced instruction to improve your verbal and written communication skills, as well as the problem solving skills essential to drug information practice. Your work will include service (drug information, administration, clinical, managed care), clinical, research (project appropriate for publication). You will also teach didactic/experiential courses to entry level Pharm.D. students. Elective rotations are available, and all of your rotations are tailored to your interests.

    Benefits of the drug information residency program include:

    • 10 days paid time off
    • Paid travel to select national meetings
    • Competitive compensation
    • Liability protection
    • Access to full medical, dental and vision insurance
    • Access to Samford University drug information resources

    Application Process

    Submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, application form and two letters of recommendation (reference form) by January 17, 2014 to:

    Peter J. Hughes, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Residency Director, Assistant Professor and Drug Information Specialist
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    Samford University
    800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229-7027
    Phone: (205) 726-2519 Fax: (205) 726-4012
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