Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency

The Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy Community Practice Residency Program is a 12‐month intensive learning experience based in community pharmacies. It is designed to develop leaders through experiences in patient care, dispensing, practice management, teaching, research, and public health.

Residents will advance community pharmacy practice, educate patients and students, conduct practice-based research, innovate patient care and services and enage in community service.

Residencies are offered with:

  • Chad’s Payless Pharmacy in Florence, Alabama
  • Christ Health Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • CVS Health in Birmingham, Alabama

Our mission is to prepare residents to be leaders in health care through a foundation in community practice, patient-centered care, innovation, and academia.

Learning Experiences and Opportunities

Learning Experiences

The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency is structured around five learning experiences:

  • Innovation and research
  • Leadership and seminars
  • Medication use system
  • PPCP in practice
  • Teaching and training

Opportunities

  • Teaching certificate
  • APhA Training Certificates
  • Research Certificate
  • Presentation of state/national CEs
  • Elective Rotations

Travel

  • American Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting
  • Alabama Residency Conference
  • Residency Trips to other pharmacies
  • Others trips as needed

Application Process

Applications are due by January 5.

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 (one from a community pharmacist)

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

Current Residency Sites

Please see below for a list of our current residency sites. We are always looking for ways to elevate community pharmacy practice.  If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Terri Wensel.

Current Residency Sites

Chad’s Payless Pharmacy

Chad’s Payless Pharmacy, Inc. is a family owned and operated independent, community pharmacy with one location in downtown Florence, Alabama. It is conveniently located beside 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 with a nurse practitioner. Residents will participate in ambulatory care services and work with the CRNP 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 services.

Christ Health Center

Christ Health Center is 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, Alabama. With a full dispensing pharmacy located within a medical clinic, this site offers residents the opportunity to see work with patients from the start of care all the way to the completion of counseling. Founded by a local church to meet the needs of this 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 Diabetes Clinic.

CVS Health

CVS Health is an American retail pharmacy and health care company with five main business operations: retail, specialty, clinics, long-term care and managed care. The overall goal of the program is to cultivate future CVS Health leaders through in-depth exposure to clinical practice, patient-centered care, innovation and organizational leadership. The program calls for highly motivated candidates interested in mastering community pharmacy practice as well as the competencies required to lead multidisciplinary teams and be well prepared to assume a leadership role with CVS Health.

Preceptors

Terri M. Wensel, Pharm.D., BCPS, TTS

Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor and Director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program
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Michael C. Thomas, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP

Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
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Frances Cohenour, Pharm.D.

Site Coordinator, Chad's Payless Pharmacy

Christy Garmon, Pharm.D.

Site Coordinator, CVS Health

Anna M. Lochamy, Pharm.D., BCACP

Site Coordinator, Christ Health Center

Patrick Devereux, Pharm.D.

FMS Pharmacy

Zach Wood, Pharm.D.

FMS Pharmacy

Residents

Current 2018-19 PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residents:

Bianca Lascano, Pharm.D.

Christ Health Center

 

Coutney Ingram, Pharm.D.

CVS Health

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Graduates: 

Heather Shiflett, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
Samford University alumna

Matthew Holland, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Chad's Payless Pharmacy
East Tennessee University alumnus

Tiajana Gonzales, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at CVS Health
University of Hawaii alumna

Casey Mabus, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Chad's Payless Pharmacy
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, Pharm.D., 2016

Marie Welch, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Pharm.D., 2013

Anthony Bolus, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at FMS Pharmacy
First position after residency: Clinical Coordinator, FMS Pharmacy

Lindsey DeLoach, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
First position after residency: Clinical Pharmacist, UAB Outpatient Clinic

Kim Hood, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
First position after residency: Pharmacist, Walgreens

Lanae Kaney, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at FMS Pharmacy
First position after residency: Infusion Pharmacist, Solutions Infusion Therapy

Chelsea Leonard, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Chad's Payless Pharmacy
First position after residency: Clinical Pharmacy, Chad's Payless Pharmacy

Anna Meador, Pharm.D., BCACP

Community Practice Resident
First position after residency: Assistant Professor, McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Director, Christ Health Center

Candice Mercadel, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident
First position after residency: Transition of Care Pharmacist, St. Vincent's Hospital

Zack Miller, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
First position after residency: Clinical Pharmacist, Brookwood Hospital

Logan Norman, Pharm.D.

Pharmacy Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
First position after residency: Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy

Mike Sigmon, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Chad’s Payless Pharmacy
First position after residency: Co-Owner, Sigday Pharmacies

Deborah Suggs, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
First position after residency: Pharmacist, Hometown Pharmacy

Lowell Stone, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at FMS Pharmacy 
First position after residency: Pharmacist in Charge, 4th Avenue Drugs

Kara Walters, Pharm.D.

Community Practice Resident at Christ Health Center
First position after residency: Clinical Coordinator, Hometown Pharmacy

In the News

Please see select recognition and articles from our team!

Articles

Walters KJ, Meador A, Galdo JA, Ciarrocca K. A Pharmacotherapy Review of Noval, Oral Antithrombotics. Specialty Care in Dentistry. September 2016

Welch M, Mabus C, Galdo JA. Antiviral Therapy in Patients with Influenza. US Pharmacist, April 2017

Leonard C, DeLoach L, Cohenour C, Galdo JA. Impact of an insurance plan comparison platform on costs for Medicare part D beneficiaries. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. May 2017.

Grants

Alabama Department of Public Health

  • Development of a Cardiovascular Clinic
  • Chad's Payless Pharmacy, 2016-2017

Alabama Department of Public Health

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education
  • Chad's Payless Pharmacy, 2015-2016