This ASHP-accredited specialty residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy is a one year post-doctoral training program that fosters the development of expert skills and competencies in the practice of psychiatric pharmacy. The resident will gain experience in clinical, teaching, and research activities in an inpatient and outpatient setting servicing psychiatric patients.
- Provide pharmaceutical care to patients with psychiatric and/or neurologic disorders across patient care settings.
- Function and serve as an integral member of the treatment team
- Apply critical thinking and evaluative skills to solve practice related problems
- Provide education to other health care professionals, students, patients, and the community
- Develop an ability to honestly critique and evaluate your skills and abilities
- Assume responsibility and demonstrate professional development and leadership skills
Three 1-week staffing blocks over the course of the residency year and every third weekend. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, verifying medication orders, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all codes as the pharmacy member of the code team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapeutic situations as they may arise. Residents will also participate in the after-hours pharmacy clinical on-call program.
Each resident is expected to attend the Annual Meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) in April. ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (December) is optional and dependent upon the needs of the resident and program. Financial compensation may be provided for these educational experiences. Participation in resident poster sessions is encouraged at these meetings.
The resident is expected to liaise with the local student chapter of CPNP via presentations, outreach and attendance at chapter meetings.
Each resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Instructor.
- Pharmaceutical Skills Laboratory, Teaching Assistant for Neurology / Psychiatry therapeutics module for UNC, and Psychiatry Elective at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy
- Co-precept for students and pharmacy practice residents
- Present a didactic lecture to pharmacy students via the Psychiatry/Neurology Module
- Facilitate recitation sessions
- Participate in the Psychiatry Intern Lecture Series
Several opportunities for service-based learning are available through the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and Interfaith Council Homeless Shelter (IFC.) SHAC is a student-led organization whose mission is to provide free health services to local underserved individuals and communities, partner with communities to develop and implement sustainable programs, and create an interdisciplinary service learning environment for students in the health science programs at UNC.
Research and Publications: Each resident is required to complete one research project that includes IRB submission and approval, data analysis, presentation of results at a national meeting, and writing a manuscript of project. One publication submission is required during the residency year; however, it does not have to be the same project manuscript.
M. Lindsey Hedgepeth Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Residency Program Director - PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry
Department of Pharmacy
UNC Medical Center
The primary site for the residency is the UNC Neurosciences Hospital with 76 inpatient psychiatric beds that comprise several different patient populations as follows:
- Acute Psychotic Unit
- Geropsychiatry Unit
- Eating Disorders Unit
- Crisis Unit
- Child Psychiatry Unit
- Adolescent Psychiatry Unit
- Peripartum Unit
Additional inpatient opportunities exist with other outside institutions in the area. The ambulatory experience will be obtained longitudinally through rotations based upon resident preference and career goals. Past residents have completed clinic rotations in the Women’s Mood Disorder Clinic and STEP (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program.) The interdisciplinary team includes health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and social work.
The residency program is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident. The resident’s rotation schedule is determined at the beginning of the year with a core program consisting of the following:
- Adult Psychotic Disorders
- Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Psychiatric Consult Liaison
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- State Hospital
Three elective rotations are permitted or the resident may choose to repeat any extra months of the core rotations listed above. Elective rotations are listed below:
- Crisis/Substance Abuse
- Women’s Mental Health
- Pain/Primary Care Clinic
What types of positions have residents moved on to?
Our residents have moved onto a variety of positions, all within the psychiatry field. Some are clinical specialists, faculty, and split faculty with clinical practice all in a variety of settings both inpatient, outpatient and state hospital.
Overall, we find our program will prepare a resident for a variety of practice settings.
How much will I get to teach?
Our answer to that is “how much do you want to teach?” Our close relationship with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy allows for a teaching assistant position both fall and spring semester during the Psychiatry elective and Psychiatry/Neurology pharmacotherapy module. We offer may other teaching opportunities, individualized to the resident’s long-term goals.
Your program is huge! How do you keep track of everyone?
While we do have a lot of residents, we still have a lot of individualized attention to give. As the sole psychiatric pharmacy resident, the RPD and preceptors are virtually always available to guide and mentor. Additionally, we have a solid infrastructure that prevents any resident from falling through the cracks, namely our formal mentorship program. At UNC, a psychiatric pharmacy PGY2 resident gets the best of both worlds: small family feel with many different opportunities only a large program can provide.