Purpose Statement- the PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the 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.
The PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency Program is a 12-month program designed to develop residents into strong and capable ambulatory care pharmacy practitioners. Through exposure to general and specialty ambulatory care experiences, as well as experiences in acute care medicine and administration, the resident will gain broad exposure to areas of patient care and pharmacy which have impacts on practice in the ambulatory care setting. The program is designed based on the belief that the best ambulatory care providers are those who clearly understand what patients experience throughout the continuum of care, through clinic, acute care, and transitional care environments.
The residency program focuses on the development of skills necessary to practice at a high level in an ambulatory care medicine environment. In addition, the resident will gain exposure to research and teaching experiences to help complement the development of a well-rounded practitioner.
Residents in the PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency Program are expected to participate in and complete all requirements of the traditional PGY1 residency program, and are permitted to participate in any and all opportunities afforded to the traditional PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents. Please refer to the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Page for information pertaining to these opportunities.
Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, BCOP, CPP, FASHP
Director, PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency Program
Manager, Pharmacy Residency Program
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Adult Stem Cell Transplant
University of North Carolina Medical Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Education
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residents will complete twelve one-month rotations. July is an orientation month and December is a research month. The remaining 10 months consist of:
|Ambulatory Care Core Clinic rotations
|Ambulatory Care Selective Clinic rotations
|Acute Care Medicine rotations
|Critical Care/ED rotations
To meet the above requirements, residents are able to choose amongst the following rotation choices:
Core or Selective
Family Medicine Clinic
Population Health Clinic
Oncology Supportive Care Clinic
Transitions of Care Clinic
Solid Organ Transplant Clinic
Oncology- Solid Tumors
Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU
How is the Ambulatory Care PGY1 program different from the traditional PGY1 program at UNC?
In many ways, the Ambulatory Care PGY1 is very much like the traditional PGY1 training program offered at UNC. Residents are required to complete many of the same activities over the course of the year. The main difference is that a greater number of rotations are spent in general and specialty ambulatory care settings, to broaden and deepen the resident’s understanding of the scope and opportunity for pharmacists in the ambulatory practice environment. In addition, a portion of staffing will be completed in the ambulatory pharmacy rather than completely in the acute care setting. Finally, ambulatory care residents will participate in research projects that are focused in the ambulatory or transitional care environments
What do residents completing the PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency go on to do after graduation?
Residents completing this program are trained to be successful in a variety of settings. Some residents have completed this program with the intention of seeking employment as a clinic-based pharmacist, while others have continued on to complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency program in Ambulatory Care or in a different subspecialty PGY2 with an emphasis in ambulatory care.
What is the accreditation status of the program?
Our residency program underwent accreditation by ASHP in June of 2016, and was granted full accreditation status for 6 years