The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy has been involved with Community Pharmacy Practice Residency training for over 10 years. The program was one of the first multi-site community residencies accredited by ASHP and APhA in the country. Thirty-seven individuals have graduated from the program.
The offering in community pharmacy practice with the VCU School of Pharmacy, is an ASHP-APhA accredited one-year (PGY-1) residency program that emphasizes practice innovation, along with design and implementation of patient care in community practice settings. The resident will have sufficient exposure to community pharmacies already engaging in innovative practices, yet will have ample opportunity to assist in the design and implementation of similar patient care services at other sites. Development of basic skills in practice-based research will be a component of the residency experience.
In addition to direct patient care experiences, the resident will also gain experience in activities that will prepare them for roles as clinicians and educators upon completion of the residency.
Several one-year residency positions in community pharmacy practice are available.
Candidates seeking an opportunity to practice in an innovative manner, while pioneering the future of pharmacy, are strongly encouraged to apply.
The residency will be tailored to complement and augment the background and career goals of the successful applicant. In general, the resident’s responsibilities include:
Patient-Centered Dispensing (10%)
Patient Care (50%)
Teaching and Training (10%)
Program Development and Management (10%)
Research and Contribution to the Literature (5%)
Community and Professional Involvement (5%)
Program Goals & Outcomes
1. To develop within the resident, clinical competence in the field of community clinical practice.
2. To develop within the resident, competence in self-evaluation and self-directed learning.
3. To develop within the resident, competence in clinical practice program development and practice management.
4. To develop within the resident, competence in teaching and training.
5. To develop within the resident, professional leadership through community and professional involvement and scholarly activities.
Outcome R1: Manage and improve the medication-use process. Outcome R2: Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to optimize patient care. Outcome R3: Exercise leadership and practice management skills. Outcome R4: Demonstrate project management skills. Outcome R5: Provide medication and practice-related information, education, and/or training. Outcome R6: Utilize medical informatics.
Core Areas for Education:
Bremo Pharmacies, an independent community pharmacy leader in Richmond, Virginia for over 36 years offers three practice sites, each with a unique and diverse set of opportunities. Bremo’s retail location offers comprehensive medication therapy management (MTM), immunizations, and sterile and non-sterile compounding. Our other retail site is located at Henrico Doctors Hospital. The resident will have specific opportunities in women’s health and transitions of care. Bremo LTC serves a diverse group of patients, including children, young adults, and senior citizens. Our resident is involved with diabetes management, medication therapy management as well as continuing education for staff at our LTC facilities. Our resident participates in innovative services at all of our locations including practice-based research, collaborative practice program development, and health / wellness screenings. Residents are directly involved with the development of new programs and services, including disease, health, and wellness management. Residents also participate in coordinating the diabetes module for our long term care facility training program and teach lectures in our Board of Pharmacy recognized Pharmacy Technician Training Course. Residents will precept APPE / IPPE students throughout the year. Residents develop strong skills in conceptualizing, planning, developing, and providing patient care services in the community. Bremo Pharmacy prides itself on creating an environment that develops our residents to be future leaders in the profession of pharmacy.
Site Coordinator/Primary Preceptor: Tana Kaefer, Pharm.D.
Buford Road Pharmacy
Buford Road is an independent site with a pharmaceutical care clinic that offers immunizations; diabetes screenings and education; cholesterol screenings and education; bone density screenings and education; asthma education; and blood pressure screenings, education and monitoring. Compounding and durable medical equipment specialists are also on site for consultation. As a Buford Road resident you actively arrange and participate in all activities. Your responsibilities as a resident include giving and billing for vaccinations; performing screenings and providing the appropriate education; participating in community health fairs and health screenings; and precepting students. Buford Road is the primary site for this residency, and serves mainly a suburban community.
Site Coordinator/Primary Preceptor: Mary Beth Grimes, Pharm.D.
Kroger Pharmacy – Charlottesville, Virginia
Kroger Pharmacy offers a community pharmacy residency that provides an opportunity to enhance your clinical and professional skills by providing a variety of hands-on wellness and medication therapy management services. Clinical services include employee health screenings, health coaching programs, medication therapy management, disease-state-specific grocery store food tours, and public health screenings. These services focus mainly on the management and prevention of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes. Various routine and travel health immunizations are offered at Kroger Pharmacy locations. The resident will be involved in teaching opportunities in the community with Kroger Pharmacy’s Diabetes Care Team and will interact with other divisional members of the clinical pharmacy team. Seasonally, the resident will assist with running off-site flu clinics and Medicare Part D selection assistance. Residents will spend one half-day per week in an ambulatory care clinic setting. In addition, residents have the opportunity to precept and teach pharmacy students, conduct a research project, write articles for publication in collaboration with VCU faculty, and develop and implement new or expanded clinical services. Kroger has three pharmacies in Charlottesville and 13 pharmacies in other cities and towns in the same District, for which the resident will provide clinical services.
Site Coordinator/Primary Preceptor: Michele Fountain, Pharm.D., Andrea Brookhart, Pharm.D.
Kroger Pharmacy - Richmond
Kroger Pharmacy offers a community pharmacy residency that provides an opportunity to enhance your clinical and professional skills by offering a variety of hands-on wellness and medication therapy management services. Clinical services include patient and employee health screenings, health coaching programs, medication therapy management, and disease-state-specific grocery store food tours. Our ambulatory care services focus mainly on the prevention and management of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Various routine and travel health immunizations are offered at all Kroger Pharmacy locations. The resident will be involved with teaching opportunities in the community with Kroger Pharmacy’s Diabetes Care Team and through participation with health fairs and off-site vaccination clinics. Residents have many opportunities to provide direct patient care, and will interact with other division members of the clinical pharmacy team. Seasonally, the resident will assist with managing off-site flu clinics and Medicare Part D selection assistance. Residents will spend one half-day per week in an ambulatory care clinic setting. In addition, residents have the opportunity to precept and teach pharmacy students, conduct a research project, write articles for publication in collaboration with VCU faculty, and develop and implement new or expanded clinical services. Kroger has 17 pharmacies in Richmond and 8 pharmacies in the Tidewater/Virginia Beach area in the same district for which the resident will provide clinical services.
Site Coordinator/Primary Preceptor: Anne Harrison, MS, BSPharm
Jefferson Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy located in Palmyra, VA. The pharmacy offers a variety of pharmacy services including dispensing traditional and compounded medications. The pharmacist-run Healthy Living Center clinic offers immunizations, B12 injections, blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring, allergy shots, MTM, Medicare Part D Consultations, INR/PT readings, cholesterol screenings, and A1c tests. As a resident you will be responsible for participating in all pharmacy activities; precepting and teaching student pharmacists, developing and managing clinical programs; conducting a research project. Jefferson Pharmacy serves Lake Monticello (a gated community) and surrounding areas.
Site Coordinator/Primary Preceptor: Kelly Oliver, Pharm.D.
Martin’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centers offer health care screenings including blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, anemia, and osteoporosis; smoking cessation; adult immunizations, including a travel medicine program; a multi-disciplinary diabetes education and management program; MTM services; and education for hypertension, cholesterol, asthma, and osteoporosis. As a Martin’s resident you will be responsible for participating in wellness services; precepting students; developing and managing clinical practice programs; participating in Martin’s advisory committees; and playing an extensive role in helping to promote and perform patient care services at various pharmacy locations. Martin’s maintains 23 pharmacies and 20 Wellness Centers throughout the Greater Richmond Area, most of which serve a suburban population.
Site Coordinator/Primary Preceptor: Sharon Gatewood, Pharm.D.
Information for Prospective Residents
Applicants must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school or college of pharmacy (or B.S. in Pharmacy with equivalent experience); be eligible for licensure in Virginia; and have a positive vision for community pharmacy practice. Experience in community pharmacy is preferred.
The applicant will apply to the VCU School of Pharmacy Residency Program (one application includes all practice sites) using the Pharmacy Online Centralized Residency Application Service (PhORCAS) https://portal.phorcas.org/ and provide the following :
(1) Completed application
(2) Letter of intent with a statement of career goals and reasons for pursuing a community care pharmacy practice residency
(3) Verified transcripts
(4) Current curriculum vitae
(5) Three letters of recommendation on the residency recommendation form (one of which must come from an employer or supervisor)
(6) Extracurricular activities
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