After earning a Doctor of Pharmacy, many new pharmacists complete a postgraduate pharmacy residency to further develop their pharmacy practice skills. 

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Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers a postgraduate year one (PGY1) managed care residency program, which is a 12-month intensive learning experience based in managed care. It is designed to develop leaders through experiences in trend management, clinical decision support and consultation, utilization management and leadership.

Residents will advance managed care principles, educate payers and consultants, conduct population-based research, engage in evidence-based patient care and deliver pharmacy benefits advisement.

The residency is offered in partnership with RxBenefits in Birmingham, Alabama.

The purpose of this residency program is to develop managed care pharmacist practitioners with diverse analytical, consultative, and leadership skills who are eligible to pursue a novel career pathway focused on delivering affordable and sustainable healthcare services.

Learning Experiences and Opportunities

Learning Experiences

The PGY1 managed care pharmacy residency is structured around six learning experiences:
  • Strategic pharmacy trend management
  • Candid clinical consultations
  • Clinical decision support
  • Utilization and formulary management
  • Patient care and disease management
  • Leadership and professional development


  • Teaching certificate
  • Presentation and state/regional/national meetings
  • Elective rotations


  • American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Clinical Meeting
  • Other travel as needed

Application Process

Applications are due by January 8, 2024.

Applicants must first register for the National Matching Service, then you may apply to our program 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.

Current Residency Site


RxBenefits is a trusted partner and adviser to employee benefits consultants wanting to offer their clients the best possible value and service for their self-funded clients. And we’re the pharmacy benefits solution provider of choice to those clients—employers looking to protect their own financial well-being while also protecting the health and safety of their members.  We are the employee benefits industry’s first and leading pharmacy benefits optimizer (PBO).
Founded in 1995 and based in Birmingham, AL, with offices in Towson, MD, and team members across the country, RxBenefits is a growing team of more than 800 pharmacy pricing, contract, service, technology, data, and clinical experts that work together as one team towards one common goal: putting the benefit back in pharmacy benefits. We focus exclusively on helping employee benefits consultants and their self-funded clients access and deliver an affordable, best-in-class pharmacy benefit.