Program Design

With the exception of the longitudinal clinic experience and the staffing experience, patient care activities are designed as month-long rotations. All rotations are tailored to the resident’s interests, career goals, and prior experience.

Emphasis is placed on providing the resident with direct patient care responsibilities in various primary care and specialty clinic settings, with a goal of developing exemplary clinical skills, knowledge, and competencies.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Family Medicine
  • Endocrine & Diabetes
  • Cardiology
  • Specialty (options include: Hepatology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Solid Organ Transplant, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Pediatric Pulmonology)
  • Administration
  • Research

Elective Rotations

  • Academia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology
  • Precepting
  • Population Health

Pharmacy Practice Responsibilities

Residents will receive training and orientation to the department's services during the first few weeks of the program. Pharmacy practice responsibilities involve staffing in one of the UNCH Ambulatory Pharmacy Care Network outpatient pharmacies. Residents staff every third weekend, one of three 5-day major holiday blocks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s), one minor holiday (Labor Day, MLK, or Memorial Day), and for three 1-week staffing blocks during the year.

Educational Opportunities & Teaching Responsibilities

UNCH residents are incorporated into a layered learning and practice model with pharmacy students, co-residents, and clinical specialists.

Required Teaching

  • Teaching assistant for a Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory for UNC ESOP (one semester)
  • Lead a small pharmacy student group in weekly discussion of therapeutic cases, physical assessment, patient counseling, compounding, and communication skills
  • Teaching assistant for a UNC ESOP ambulatory care-focused required or elective course (one semester)
  • Manage the class website (e.g. readings, assignments, class postings, etc.), address speaker needs, respond to student questions, grade (some assignments) and post grades
  • Present one 45-minute ACPE-approved continuing education program
    • Facilitate literature- or case-based pod discussions amongst ambulatory care learners and preceptors
  • Facilitate 1 to 2 interactive case conferences for PGY1 residents and year pharmacy students
  • Co-precept pharmacy learners, including participation as an active member of the layered learning model with pharmacy students, co-residents, and clinical specialists
  • Present at least one didactic lecture to pharmacy students

Other Teaching Opportunities

  • Facilitate recitation sessions for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd professional year pharmacy students
  • Present additional didactic lectures within or outside of the UNC ESOP
  • Teaching Certificate Program, by application and selection

Leadership Opportunities

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

Residents are also involved in various administrative and committee responsibilities throughout the year.

Research and Publication

The resident will participate in a research project that fulfills the following learning objectives: develop a research hypothesis and study design, collect and summarize data, analyze results and present study findings. To fulfill this requirement, the resident must complete a project with subsequent preparation of a publishable manuscript. In addition to conducting and presenting research, residents are required to submit a manuscript for publication over the course of the year. This publication may be a research report, review article, case report, or drug/therapeutic update based upon work done during the residency year.


The residency program at UNC has a strong history of mentorship, and 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. This 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. Resident mentors participate in a program-wide resident progression committee that monitors the growth and development of residents over the course of the year.

Requirements for Certificate Receipt

Satisfactory achievement of 85% of the ASHP Educational Outcomes, Goals, and:

Objectives for PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Programs

  • Successful completion of all required and elective rotations
  •  Completion of a one-year research project or a pre-specified part of a multi-year research project and submission of it in manuscript form to the residency program director (RPD)
  • One ACPE-approved continuing education presentation
  • Completion of all staffing responsibilities (approximately 400 hours)
  • Submission of a manuscript to a journal or a similar activity (as approved by the RPD)
  • Completion of all electronic evaluations
  • Submission of all handouts / presentations completed throughout the year

For more information contact:

Lauren McKnight, PharmD, CPP, BCACP

Lauren McKnightResidency Program Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, UNC Hospitals