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PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

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"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.


Pharmacy student answers phone in pharmacy setting.Our multi-site community-based pharmacy residency program is administered by the University of Tennessee, and conducted by our affiliated pharmacy practice sites. As a resident, you will spend your year at one of our various pharmacy residency sites across the state of Tennessee. These sites are located in one of the following regions: Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. You may apply to one or several of our sites, and will rank each site separately as part of the ASHP Match.


Residency schedules are set by the residency site, in coordination with the University of Tennessee. 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.


  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


  • Residency Stipend: $47,476
  • Health Insurance: Cost of insurance depends on coverage.
  • Personal and Sick Leave: 10 days
  • 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.

A map showing the residency training sites for the college of Pharmacy. There are training location sites in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville.

2019-2020 NMS Match Codes

    • Kroger-Knoxville - 194815
    • Kroger-Memphis - 194825
    • Kroger-Nashville - 194829

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 video conference “Community Pharmacy Rounds” 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


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

The UTHSC Community Pharmacy Residency provides an excellent education and opportunities to further develop skills in the areas of community pharmacy, clinical outpatient care, management, leadership, and teaching. These first-hand experiences provided me a clear and keen understanding of what it takes to advance community pharmacy and practice as a highly effective, patient-centered pharmacist. Based on these experiences, successes, and developed areas of skills of passionate interest, I am well-equipped for a career in pharmacy. My expectations of this PGY-1 program have not only been met but exceeded!

Kelsey Frederick, PharmD

Apr 23, 2024