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PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency

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Program description

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency consists of 12 months of training with learning experiences in a variety of care settings. Residents will gain diverse experiences in specialty pharmaceutical care and ambulatory care pharmacy practice that allow you to achieve your professional goals. Our program provides multidisciplinary patient-centered experiences caring for diverse disease states. Additionally, this program will engage the resident in the clinical, operational, and business of running a specialty pharmacy. The program is tailored to each resident and cultivates professional development.

Novant Health is transforming healthcare by designing a system that makes it simpler, more convenient and more affordable for patients in our communities. Currently, we have one Specialty Pharmacy located in the Greater Winston-Salem area, Novant Health Specialty Pharmacy- Westgate. In addition, we have two additional Specialty Pharmacies in the Greater Charlotte area, Novant Health Pharmacy- University City Specialty and Novant Health Pharmacy- Elizabeth Specialty. All three of our locations support both oncology and non-oncology medications. Novant Health was the first health-system in North Carolina to achieve accreditation by an independent third-party organization (e.g., URAC) which validates the pharmacy’s commitment to quality management, patient safety and monitoring, and prescriber and consumer communications. Our three locations are currently dually accredited by URAC and ACHC, furthering our commitment to delivery high quality care to our patients.

Each patient serviced through our Specialty Pharmacies receive comprehensive services including: 24-hour access to our pharmacy team members, adherence management, enrollment with patient assistance programs and prior authorization, patient education and medication therapy management by pharmacists.

The structure of the PGY1 program may vary depending on the resident’s interests and preceptor availability. The emphasis of the year will be specialty pharmacy and ambulatory care (outpatient/clinic) learning experiences. Most rotations will be a 5-week block with some exceptions: e.g., staffing/service commitment, research project, and resident forums.  Additional experiences include but not limited to, longitudinal clinic experiences including vaccine support, teaching certificate and elective opportunities. In addition, residents will engage in quality improvement projects, resident forums, and continuing education presentations throughout the year.

Required Rotations
Orientation - 5 weeks
Oncology - 5 weeks
Infectious Disease - 5 weeks
Rheumatology - 5 weeks 
Neurology - 5 weeks 
Internal Medicine - 5 weeks 
Specialty Pharmacy Administration - 5 weeks 
Pharmacy Accreditation - 5 weeks
Payer Relations/Contracting –Topic Discussions throughout the year
Elective of resident choice- 4 weeks
Project Month- 4 weeks
Elective Rotations
Patient Assistance Programs
Limited distribution networks (off-site)
Medication Management
Ambulatory Care
Population Health
Integrative Medicine
Additional oncology training
Intensive Care
Longitudinal Rotations
Seminar and Resident Forums
Research (i.e., Quality Improvement Project that includes Business Plan and MUE)
Teaching certificate- optional
Mentor and co-precept 4th year pharmacy students
Didactic teaching opportunities at Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at High Point University
In services, patient education, continuing education
Longitudinal patient care management for resident specific patient panel
Operational staffing in URAC and ACHC accredited specialty pharmacy – Longitudinal staffing day
Every third weekend Specialty MTM and support of after hours on-call service

Program completion

Upon completion, residents will have gained the following skills:
  • An achievement of 85% of all goals marked as achieved for residency
  • Completion of service leadership requirement (i.e., operational staffing, longitudinal clinic, and longitudinal MTM)
  • Achieve completion and signoff by preceptor for required learning experiences
  • Achieve completion and signoff for required presentations including:
    • Topic discussions
    • Seminar
    • Patient, Caregiver, and Members of the Community Presentations
  • Resident completed longitudinal project including:
    • Quality Improvement Project
    • Business plan
    • Research project
    • Practice-related project
    • Submission of manuscript
    • Poster presentation
    • Oral presentations


Leave Availability
10 days + 5 additional days for interviewing
Health Insurance
Medical insurance provided with low monthly premium
Vision and dental insurance are also available with low monthly premium
Child Care
On-site child care offered with a monthly cost (Forsyth Medical Center or Presbyterian Medical Center)
Employee discount program offers discounts on services and products from both local and national businesses
On-site parking free of charge
Professional Development
Support for participation at ASHP mid-year meeting and UNC research in education and practice symposium
Additional Items
Office space provided with computer
Personalized lab coat
Access to online and hospital libraries
Note: travel required for some rotations


Application information

Interested applicants should apply for consideration by using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please submit your application though this service no later than program specific deadlines as outlined below.

Application deadline

December 31, 2021


Jessica McDuffie, PharmD
Pharmacy Supervisor
PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Novant Health Pharmacy - Forsyth Specialty
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (Match code: 263615)
3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem, NC 27103
[email protected]

Markie Cardwell, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 336-718-1111
Email: [email protected]