PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy


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.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Provide pharmaceutical care to patients with psychiatric and/or neurologic disorders across patient care settings: Adult, Women’s Mood, Geropsychiatry, Children, Adolescents and Eating Disorders.

  2. Function and serve as an integral member of the treatment team

  3. Advocate for the mental health community to improve care access and reduce mental health stigma

  4. Apply critical thinking and evaluative skills to solve practice related problems

  5. Provide education to other health care professionals, students, patients, and the community

  6. Develop an ability to honestly critique and evaluate your skills and abilities

  7. Assume responsibility and demonstrate professional development and leadership skills, with a focus on self-care and personal / professional balance.

Staffing Component

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.

Seminars/Professional Meetings

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. Travel funding is built into annual pay. 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.

Additional Requirements

Each resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Instructor.

Required Teaching:

  • 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 one (or more) didactic lecture to pharmacy, nursing, medical, and/or PA students in core curriculum

Other Opportunities:

  • Facilitate recitation sessions

  • Participate in the Psychiatry Intern Lecture Series

  • Present to student CPNP chapter at Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Community Outreach

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. The resident will work closely with their peers and students to complete a research project of his/her interest and one that services departmental needs.