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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
  • At least one specialty clinic (options include: Hepatology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Solid Organ Transplant, Infectious Diseases, Neurology)
  • Administration
  • Research

Elective Rotations

  • Academia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Geriatrics
  • Precepting
  • Additional specialty clinic(s) (options include: Hepatology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Solid Organ Transplant, Infectious Diseases, Neurology)

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 15 additional weekdays throughout 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 Program Completion:

In order to receive a certificate of Residency completion, residents must:

  • Successfully complete all scheduled learning experiences
  • Receive an evaluation score of “Achieved for the Residency” (ACHR) for at least 85% of PharmAcademic objectives
  • Attend, participate, and/or present in all required educational activities, meetings, and conferences
  • Complete a one year research project or a pre-specified part of a multi-year research project, including all of the following: data retrieval, data analysis, formal presentation (poster OR platform) at a local/regional/national forum, creation of a draft manuscript in publishable quality, project proposal submission, creation of a data collection tool, and IRB submission (if appropriate)
  • Prepare and submit for publication consideration a minimum of one manuscript based on work conducted during the residency year. The submission, if successful, should be subject to the peer review process, so as to allow the resident to receive critical feedback on their manuscript
  • Complete all staffing requirements, inclusive of weekday and weekend, day and evening responsibilities, to support the Department of Pharmacy's operational and clinical needs
  • Complete all evaluations in PharmAcademic, ASHP's approved tool
  • Provide a 30-60 minute (RPD determined) ACPE accredited CE program for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within and outside the Department of Pharmacy

For more information contact:

Lauren McKnight, PharmD, CPP, BCACP

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