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Community Pharmacy Residency Programs

"If you have an initiative or goal you want to tackle, you can tailor that residency to you. I was working in part to create a job (for myself), and at the end of my one-year period, I had that opportunity."
Shawn McFarland, PharmD, former resident 

Dr. McFarland worked with physicians at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic during his residency to start an anti-coagulation clinic. After his residency, he was hired on by the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic to run the anti-coagulation clinic.

 

Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in residency and fellowship training innovations, including one of the largest community pharmacy residency programs in the country.

Overview

Schedule

Residency schedules are set by the Residency site preceptor and the Director. Residents will be expected to be within the practice site a minimum of 50 hours per week. Additional time outside the practice site may be required to achieve the objectives of the program. Evenings and weekends may be scheduled as a part of a 40 hour minimum residency program week.

Responsibilities

  1. A minimum of 2/3 of time spent in direct patient care (MTM, Immunizations, Point-of-care Testing, Health Coaching, and others)
  2. A maximum of 20% of time in medication distribution (e.g. staffing)
  3. Mentored development of a new or improved clinical patient care activity 
  4. Mentored development of a research project, including a podium presentation of results and submission of a manuscript for publication
  5. Completion of a teaching certificate program 
  6. Participation in a structured leadership and personal development program
  7. And attending national and regional meetings at the discretion of your site preceptors

Benefits

  • Residency Stipend: $42,835
  • Health Insurance: Cost of insurance depends on coverage.
  • Personal and Sick Leave: Two weeks granted at the discretion of the site preceptor.
  • Educational Leave: A travel allowance of $1500 per resident per year. Expenses over this must be funded by the resident or residency site. Interview days will be granted.

Current sites

Residency and Fellowship training sites in Tennessee are strengthened by affiliations with The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. The College is ranked in the top 20 colleges in the U.S. and has the most Board Certified Pharmacy faculty members in the nation.

Residency Locations

Top 10 Reasons to Choose UT for your PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency

  1. A strong focus on clinical pharmacy services (including MTM, Disease State management, and Point-of-Care Testing)
  2. Work alongside top preceptors, who are well known leaders and innovators in community pharmacy practice
  3. Opportunities to work in a state with one of the most progressive Collaborative Practice Agreement laws in the country, allowing you to work interprofessionally with medical offices and prescribers from your practice site
  4. Weekly videoconference “Community Pharmacy Rounds” conferences connects you with your co-residents across the state each week
  5. Teaching certificate program available through the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
  6. Choice of practice locations across Tennessee: from the mountains of Johnson City and Knoxville, to the Music City in Nashville, and the Blues City in Memphis
  7. Develop your research skills: complete a research project and publish a peer-reviewed manuscript
  8. Create your own innovative patient care service
  9. Grow your professional network 
  10. Enhance your immunization skills with one of the most progressive immunization pharmacy practice laws in the country

Testamonials

As a newly licensed pharmacist, a community residency has given me the tools and opportunities to develop confidence as the individual in charge of daily pharmacy activities, improve my comfort level when using my clinical knowledge to recommend appropriate medication changes to patients and physicians, and cultivate a positive work culture by setting the tone and the standard for my co-workers.  A community residency has been invaluable in my development from a student to a practicing pharmacist.”

Andy Masselink, PharmD

We have been involved in the UT College of Pharmacy Community Residency Program since the early 1990s. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of pharmacy positions: ownership, compounding, university faculty, government, institutional, preceptors and residency directors. We offer many opportunities to meet the resident’s diverse interest to prepare them for a successful future.

Rick Sain, PharmD
Owner / Preceptor Reeves-Sain Pharmacy, Murfreesboro

Last Published: Nov 7, 2017