Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Overview

Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children's Hospital
About Our Program

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) 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, CMC is an exciting place for future medical 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.

Program Structure

This 12-month residency offers experience in a variety of clinical settings. Required clinical learning experiences are generally one month in duration. The majority are completed at CMC; however, residents have the opportunity to rotate through many different practice areas within the healthcare system. Residents may select electives based on their interests and tailor the program to focus on specific clinical interests and career goals.

In addition to developing clinical skills, residents also have several direct teaching opportunities, are involved in the medication use process, and gain experience in clinical research through completion of a major project. All learning experiences are designed to produce a well-rounded pharmacist with strong leadership abilities, project management skills, critical thinking skills and oral and written communication skills.  Upon completion of the program, trainees are awarded an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency certificate.


Residents receive full benefits, including medical and dental coverage with premiums paid by the employer. Twelve paid working days are available for vacation or sick time. A travel allowance will be provided to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, a regional residency research symposium, and/or other selected meetings. Residents are provided with dedicated office space containing individual double monitor desk top computers, phones, storage/filing space as well as a shared printer.  In addition, residents receive remote access to the hospital network, comprehensive drug information resources, three lab coats, a laptop, a daily meal allowance and free parking. The Department of Pharmacy also has an active continuing education program, with opportunities offered on a routine basis.

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