Program Design

The core learning experiences of this residency program may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Provision of medication-related information to health care professionals as well as clinical guideline and policy management through involvement in the day-to-day operations of the UNC Healthcare System Drug Information Center

  • A longitudinal formulary management experience consisting of participation in P&T and System P&T activities and co-chairing a P&T Subcommittee

  • Participate in supply chain and shortage management activities as it relates to formulary management

  • Medication error review and longitudinal involvement in the Medication Safety Committee

  • Involvement in pharmacy compliance/regulatory and accreditation activities as appropriate

The structure of the residency program is a blend of required and elective rotations.  The required rotations include both foundational and advanced experiences in Drug Information, Formulary Management, and Medication Use Safety, as well as a required rotation in drug shortages and contract management.  Elective rotations are designed to provide additional experiences and training in areas of interest and all build upon the knowledge and experience gained in the foundational required rotations.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (July)
  • Foundational Formulary Management
  • Advanced Formulary Management
  • Foundational Drug Information
  • Advanced Drug Information
  • Foundational Medication Use Safety
  • Advanced Medication Use Safety
  • Drug Shortages and Contract Management
  • Mastery Month (June)

Elective Rotations

  • Pharmacy Finance and Reimbursement
  • Pharmacy Analytics
  • Pharmacy Benefits Management
  • Pharmacy Informatics (Epic Willow Team)
  • Compliance and Accreditation

Required Components

Research Project

The resident is expected to participate in a project that enhances the following learning objectives: developing research criteria, collecting and summarizing data, analyzing results and presenting the findings. To fulfill the requirement, the resident must complete a research project and write a research manuscript which must be in publishable format by completion of the residency. It is strongly encouraged that the resident presents the results of their research at ASHP Midyear or ASHP Summer meeting.

Teaching Responsibilities

Each resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Instructor and will serve as a TA in the Evidence Based Practice course in the fall semester.  The resident will also be required to teach 1 to 2 didactic lectures in this course. The residents will also assist with precepting Doctor of Pharmacy candidates and Pharmacy Practice residents during advanced required rotations.  The resident is also required to present a one 45 minute ACPE- approved continuing education seminar.


The resident will be required to complete three, 1-week staffing blocks throughout the year in addition to every third weekend.

Professional Meetings

Residents are encouraged to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (December) as well as the UNC Residency Symposium in May. Other possible meeting’s include attendance at either the ASHP Leadership Meeting (October), ACCP Meeting (November) or ASHP Summer Meeting (June).

For more information contact:

Ashley Pappas, PharmD, MHA
Ashley PappasResidency Program Director, Health-System Medication Use Management
Assistant Director, Medication Use Policy and Analytics