Purpose

Within the Ambulatory Care. PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Program Overview

Within the Ambulatory Care setting, we have two locations:

  • One located in the Charlotte Metro area (1 position)
  • One located in the Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast Concord region (3 positions)

Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) includes Carolinas Medical Center which is an 874-bed academic teaching hospital with residency programs in pharmacy as well as medical and dental specialties. Along with Carolinas College of Health Sciences, it provides an educational environment for more than 1,000 residents, medical students, pharmacy students, physician extenders, nursing students and other allied health professionals annually.  

With its updated facilities, sophisticated technology, and advanced basic science and clinical research, CHS is an exciting place for future healthcare professionals. This degree of technology does not replace compassion, as we emphasize human values and a spirit of caring for all who need care, regardless of status or financial ability.

Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, a facility of Carolinas HealthCare System, is a progressive 457-bed hospital located just 20 miles from Charlotte in Concord, NC. Providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient we serve, Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast holds disease-specific certifications for diabetes, stroke, heart failure, childbirth, epilepsy, hip replacement, knee replacement and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our highly skilled medical team, innovative technology and commitment to personalized care makes Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast a leading destination for future healthcare professionals.

Ambulatory Care services and residency education opportunities are offered at multiple clinical sites. These practices and/or physicians hold National Quality for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition for Patient-Centered Medical Home and Diabetes and offer advanced services to patients within the medical home. Ambulatory Care services within CHS consist of multiple models, such as embedded pharmacists, a pharmacist-run anticoagulation clinic, a team transition of care clinic, and population health care teams. These pharmacists are deployed across the whole Metro region, and services are expanding to more rural areas and hospitals. Many of the pharmacists within the ambulatory care pharmacy department are Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners (CPPs) working at the top of their licenses as allowed in the state of North Carolina. Collaborative practice agreements are utilized in the ambulatory care setting between pharmacists and referring providers. Pharmacists at CHS successfully bill for their unique comprehensive medication management services.

Program Structure

This 12-month American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency offers experience in a variety of inter-disciplinary practice settings. Required clinical learning experiences are completed in one-month blocks with the majority completed at outpatient clinics.  Developing skills to provide safe medication use through patient-focused, evidence-based medication management is the foundation and focus of our training. A fundamental feature of the residency is commitment to regular and extensive interaction between the resident and preceptors.

Residents may select elective rotations based on their interests and specific career goals. Each resident will meet quarterly with the residency program director to discuss the resident’s individual goals and may tailor their schedule to meet such goals as well as maximize the resident’s opportunities for learning experiences. The resident’s training is intensive and rigorous, providing many opportunities for growth of clinical skills, knowledge base and job management skills.

In addition to developing clinical skills, residents gain experience in clinical research through a longitudinal residency project and will have the opportunity to submit the project results for publication. Involvement in P&T committee and completion of medication use evaluations and drug monographs allow for direct physician interaction and exposure to the medication use process on a system-wide level. A service commitment is also required. Upon completion of the program, trainees are awarded an ASHP accredited residency certificate. 

Benefits

Residents receive full employee benefits including health, dental, and vision coverage. Twelve days are available for vacation or sick time off. A travel allowance will be provided to attend the ASHP Midyear Meeting, the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC), and/or other selected meetings. Residents are provided with dedicated office space, a laptop computer, and free parking. In addition, residents receive remote access to the hospital network, comprehensive drug information resources, and various retailer discounts in the area as a CHS employee. Additionally, the Department of Pharmacy has an active continuing education program, with opportunities offered on a routine basis.

Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Carolinas HealthCare System provides residents with the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners with advanced skills in the ambulatory care setting.

This PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a 12-month postgraduate training experience with emphasis on pharmaceutical care in the outpatient setting.

Estimated start date: Last week of June
Estimated stipend: $40,000

Ambulatory Care (four positions available)
National Matching Service Program Codes:

  • 209021 for the 1 position in the Charlotte Metro region
  • 209013 for the 3 positions in CHS NorthEast region
Required Monthly Learning ExperiencesLongitudinal Learning ExperiencesElective Monthly Learning Experiences
  • Orientation
  • Ambulatory Care Core
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care
  • Outpatient Core (NorthEast)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Administration
  • Staffing
  • Project
  • Outpatient Core (Charlotte)
  • Teaching Certificate (optional)
  • Acute Care (based on availability)
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Cardiology
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Population Health Management
  • Specialty Pharmacy
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