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PGY-2 Specialty Pharmacy Residency Programs

Teaching Opportunities
Our teaching experience is provided through the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The residents have been involved in this program for more than 10 years. Each resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education and serve as a teaching assistant for the Pharmaceutical Care Labs courses. You will be working with second- and third-professional-year students. A core group of 10 students will be assigned to each resident to engage in therapeutic case discussions and to instruct in the basics of physical assessment, patient counseling, and written and verbal communications. Five hours are to be committed per week to the resident, which encompasses teaching, preparation, and grading assignments.

Additionally, residents are now being offered the option to pursue attainment of a teaching certificate through activities in the Pharmaceutical Care Lab (PCL) and other longitudinal requirements over the course of the year. An application process is necessary to join the teaching certificate program. If accepted, residents will be provided with guidance through lectures, portfolio development, and PCL participation to attain their certificate.

Leadership Opportunities
UNC residents are offered the option to pursue completion of a leadership certificate through participation in the UNC Hospitals Pharmacy Residency Leadership Certificate Program. An application process is necessary to join the leadership certificate program. If accepted, residents will be provided guidance on leading topic discussions, leadership in motion projects, mentorship and other activities to receive their certificate.

Pharmacy Practice / Staffing Component
Residents will receive training and orientation to the department's services during their first few weeks of the program. During the academic year, residents must staff for a total of 400 hours. Pharmacy practice responsibilities include staffing in decentralized pharmacist positions. Activities include, but are not limited to, verifying patient-specific orders and medications, providing pharmacokinetic consults when requested, answering in-depth drug information questions, attending all adult codes as the pharmacy member of the code team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapy situations as they may arise. PGY2s fulfill this requirement through staffing every third weekend and through methods determined by the PGY2 Program Directors. Additionally, residents are also responsible for staffing during one of three major holiday blocks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years). Residents will also participate in the after-hours pharmacy clinical on-call program. The requirements may be changed based on the needs of the department annually.

Salary and Benefits
PGY2 - $42,500

Residents receive two lab coats, office space, tablet computers, travel reimbursement for selected professional meetings, and 15 days of paid time off (PTO). Residents are offered medical, dental, disability and life insurance policies. In addition, residents are given an academic faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. As faculty members and employees of UNC Hospitals, residents are eligible for discounts throughout the UNC campus and in the community.

Community Outreach
The IFC Shelter is a 30-bed facility that provides temporary, overnight housing to those in need. Our residents volunteer at the clinic at least 2-3 times during the year, helping to provide care to the patients. The IFC shelter provides housing, meals, and weekly, free general and psychiatric clinics to its residents. Each clinic is staffed by a clinic coordinator, nurse, physician, pharmacy student, and pharmacist. This is an excellent opportunity to help disadvantaged patients with medication-related issues and physicians with medication-related decisions and to precept students during the medication dispensing and counseling process.

Residency Research and Publication
Each resident is expected to participate in a project that enhances these learning objectives: developing criteria, seeking approval of the criteria from the medical staff, collecting and summarizing the data, analyzing the results, and presenting the findings. To fulfill this requirement at UNC Hospitals, each resident must complete a pharmacotherapy project, a medication use evaluation, and an administrative project. The ideas, which will be identified early in the year, will arise from interactions with the UNC Hospitals’ pharmacists and the UNC School of Pharmacy faculty. The pharmacotherapy project is a year-long activity that is designed to be a learning experience. Each resident will present to a research committee the initial design, the finalized protocol, the interim data, and the final results. Feedback from the Residency Research Committee is provided at each stage to enhance the learning portion of it. Parts of these research projects will be presented at the UHC Annual Meeting or at specified subspecialty meetings as determined by the residency program director. In addition to conducting and presenting research, residents are required to submit a manuscript for publication during the year. This publication may be of research projects, clinical interventions, or drug/therapeutic updates based on work done during the residency academic year.

The residency program at UNC has a strong history of mentorship. This ideal is built into nearly all aspects of residency training. Each resident will have multiple mentors for multiple purposes. Mentors are chosen by the residents for research projects, presentation development, and personal mentorship. The personal mentor exists to guide the resident through the academic year. PGY2 residents are required to select a mentor outside of their specialty area. The mentor is an individual who can answer questions, provide feedback and counsel residents on how to approach the many challenging parts of the residency year.

Clinical On-Call Program
The Department of Pharmacy provides an on-call pager service to our physicians, nurses and other clinical staff. While this service does not have an in-house on-call component, the residents do participate in answering on-call drug-information requests 24 hours a day. The types of questions that are referred to the service are those that can require significant time to research or a specialized knowledge base. Each resident will rotate through primary on-call responsibilities. While on call, the resident will be available over a 24-hour period and will have specified back-up pharmacists to assist with difficult questions if needed.

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) or other specialty certifications
Our residency program strongly promotes BCPS certification and many of our residents complete the BCPS exam during their PGY2 year. Each year, interested residents form a study group and outline topics to be discussed on a weekly basis. Each participant is assigned a topic and he or she is responsible for explaining the topic material to fellow residents. It is a great way to get to know fellow residents and to learn from one another. Fees for the exam are not reimbursed by the department presently.

Post-residency plans
While the focus of our residencies is on providing patient care, our residents leave our programs and continue on to a variety of different positions. Many have taken on roles as clinical pharmacists nationwide and even worldwide. In these roles, a majority of our graduates are now involved in residency training at their own institutions. Others have gone on to successful academic careers at schools of pharmacy nationwide or have gone on to do further specialty training as fellows or graduate students. We believe strongly that the opportunities for a resident after completion of a UNC Training Program are abundant and broad.

Resident Evaluations
Evaluations are a large part of the residency process. At UNC, we utilize the ASHP-endorsed online evaluation system, Resitrak. Evaluations are built for each individual rotation, as well as for presentations, research and staffing components of the program. Additionally, quarterly global evaluations are conducted with the program director and coordinator of each residency program to ensure progress on long term goals.

The application deadline is Jan. 1 each year.

For more information on our Pharmacy Residency Program contact 

Stephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, FAPhA, FASHP, FCCP,  Associate Director of Pharmacy, Director, Pharmacy Residency Programs, Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy