Designed to develop leaders who are prepared to practice in any contemporary ambulatory care practice.

Samford University's postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency program is in partnership with Christ Health Center, providing vast opportunities for practice management, patient care, and teaching in multiple environments.

With Christ Health Center being associated with the St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Medical Residency program, pharmacy residents are training alongside multiple levels of learners: medical students and medical residents, pharmacy students, clinical pharmacists, and attending physicians. The opportunities for interprofessional development are innumerable as pharmacy residents work alongside these other providers every day, truly developing relationships that will last a lifetime and clinical skills that will serve patients for years to come.

 At the conclusion of these programs, residents are competent in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide pharmacotherapy services to a wide variety of patients. 

Building Upon Your Skills

Through this program, residents will build upon skills learned in PGY1 residency of clinical teaching, therapeutic intervention, medication and device counseling, and practice management. Residents will also have the unique opportunity to care for low-income patients.

Christ Health Center

Christ Health Center is a federally-qualified health center (FQHC), providing care for underserved and underinsured patients across the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The ability to serve these patients in a Christian environment allows all members of the health care team to grow as both clinicians and as people.

Throughout the year, residents will have a chance to participate in pharmacist-managed  Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, complex patient care management, specialty clinic (currently primarily focused on patients with Hepatitis C), and Transitional Care Management services.

Residents will also participate in a longitudinal rotation at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Authority, participating in its insulin titration clinic and in its ADA-recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the Teaching and Learning Certificate through Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy as well as precept pharmacy students at clinic. Three main aspects of this program are interprofessional patient care, teaching, and practice management/research.

 

This residency program is designed to fulfill the ASHP educational outcomes, goals, and objectives for PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Programs.

Program Description

Interprofessional Patient Care

  • Provide care to a family medicine patient population (including obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics) through a shared medical visit model working alongside medical residents and other health care providers
  • Assess past medical history, current medications, and socio-economic factors in order to formulate patient-specific therapeutic recommendations to providers
  • Provide screenings and preventative counseling to patients through telehealth and in-clinic visits for patients with a variety of common and uncommon disease states
  • Participate in collaborative practice with medical residents and attending physicians to establish and monitor health care plans for patients with Hepatitis C
  • Provide comprehensive wellness screenings to Medicare patients during Annual Wellness Visits alongside providers
  • Collaborate with providers during Transitional Care Management visits to ensure recently-discharged patients receive education and training on medication and devices prescribed in the hospital
  • Educate patients about medications and provide appropriate counseling

Teaching

  • Precept fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students on rotation
  • Provide pharmacotherapy education and training for health care providers, medical residents, and rotation students
  • Develop and contribute to educational conferences or other functions for medical, nursing and pharmacy staff
  • Contribute to school departmental activities that enhance the training and practice of staff pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the department

Practice Management/Research

  • Participate in the design and management of financially sustainable pharmacy services in an ambulatory care setting
  • Develop and implement a longitudinal research project with the intent to provide a measurable impact by the end of the residency year
  • Participate in ongoing research projects within Christ Health Center or Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Authority
  • As a principal or co-investigator, design and conduct a research project that measures the impact of pharmacy activity on patient outcomes, drug expenditures, or practice modification
  • Develop competency in billing in the outpatient setting

Electives

  • CGMHSA: Diabetes pharmacotherapy and education (longitudinal)
  • Transitions of Care
  • Practice Management
  • Industry Research
  • Population Health
  • Practice Demonstration
  • Various disease-state specific electives

Benefits

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 ASHP 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 3 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.

Residents

Current 2020-21 PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residents

  • Lauren H. Cimino, Pharm.D.
  • Hannah L. Duncan, Pharm.D, M.P.H.