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 Health Care System Drug Information Center
  • Participation in a longitudinal formulary management experience, including P&T and System P&T activities and co-chairing a P&T Subcommittee
  • Participation in supply chain, drug shortage management, and drug contracting activities, as it relates to formulary management
  • Review of medication errors, participation in root cause analyses, and longitudinal involvement in the Medication Safety Committee
  • Participation in pharmacy compliance/regulatory and accreditation activities, such as readiness assessments and mock surveys

The structure of the residency program is a blend of required and elective rotations.  Elective rotations provide additional experiences and training in areas of resident interest and 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 Contracting
  • Mastery Month (June)

Longitudinal Rotations (required)

  • Committee Leadership
  • Research and Project Management

Elective Rotations

  • Pharmacy Analytics
  • Quality Improvement and Accreditation
  • Medication-Use Process

Additional experiences may be available, based on resident interest and preceptor availability, including Pharmacy Informatics (Epic Willow), Pharmacy Finance and Reimbursement, and Pharmacy Benefits Management.

Required Components

Research Project

The resident participates in a longitudinal 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 completes a research project and writes a research manuscript, which must be in publishable format by completion of the residency. Residents are encourages to present the results of their research at ASHP Midyear or ASHP Summer meeting.

Teaching Responsibilities

Each resident is appointed as a Clinical Instructor within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and serves as a teaching assistant in the Evidence Based Practice course in the fall semester.  The resident also teaches 1 to 2 didactic lectures in this course. The resident also precepts Doctor of Pharmacy candidates and PGY1 residents during advanced required rotations.  The resident presents a single, 45-minute ACPE-approved continuing education seminar.


The resident completes 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 Research in Education and Practice Symposium in May. Other possible meeting’s include attendance at either the ASHP Leadership Meeting, ACCP Meeting, or ASHP Summer Meeting.

For more information contact:

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