The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency offers advanced training in patient care services in the public and private health settings that places you on the cutting edge of contemporary ambulatory care practice. The program offers you many opportunities to grow in your professional practice through pharmacist-run clinics, quality improvement measures, health outcomes research and contributions to population health initiatives. Our program is offered in partnership with the Jefferson County Department of Health and Lifestyle Management, LLC and is accredited with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

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, psychiatric pharmacy, naloxone opioid intervention 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 have the opportunity to complete several certificate training programs, depending on your interest and level of training. Currently we offer certificate programs in: 

  • Teaching
  • APhA's diabetes training
  • Physical assessment
  • Preceptor skills
  • Travel medicine
  • Research

The program of study includes seven longitudinal experiences to facilitate your learning in ambulatory care. Learning experiences and areas covered by each may be found here. The program training includes responsibilities in four primary areas: interdisciplinary patient care to underserved patients, teaching, outcomes research and public health. 

Program Description

Interdisciplinary 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


  • Precept fourth year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience ( APPE) students on rotation
  • Provide 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 Samford University pharmacy students on clinical practice rotations
  • Contribute to departmental activities that enhance the training and practice of staff pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the department

Outcomes Research

  • Develop and implement a longitudinal research project with the intent to provide a measurable impact on aspects of medication utilization
  • Participate in 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 
  • Lead Jefferson County Collaborative programs, projects and meetings
  • Engage in local and state initiatives to improve public health and wellness


Benefits of the pharmacy resident program include:

  • 10 days paid time off
  • Paid holidays in accordance with primary practice site
  • Paid travel and lodging to APhA Midyear Clinical 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 January 7 and are available via PhORCAS. Required materials include:

  • Completed PhORCAS application
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official pharmacy school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from PGY1 preceptors)

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


Current 2019-20 PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Hibah Missoum, Pharm.D.

Auburn University