Why Establish a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program? For Schools/Colleges of Pharmacy

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An education and training program offered by leading schools/colleges of pharmacy to advance the profession and create community pharmacy practice leaders.

Community pharmacy residency programs provide value for schools/colleges of pharmacy by:

  • Demonstrating a school’s/college’s leadership in achieving its educational mission and supporting the advancement of pharmacy as a patient care–centered profession to realize the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) Future Vision of Pharmacy Practice.
  • Highlighting the value that a school/college places on developing community practitioners who advance community pharmacy practice.
  • Reinforcing the school’s/college’s prestige, thereby attracting prospective student pharmacists.
  • Exposing greater numbers of patients to the clinical expertise of pharmacists by elevating the level of patient care provided and increasing outreach and engagement with the community.
  • Changing the public’s perception of pharmacists and ultimately resulting in greater demand for patient care services aligned with the profession’s vision of pharmacists as advanced patient care providers through the patient care services delivered by the resident in conjunction with other pharmacists at the practice.
  • Supporting the development of high-quality introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) in community pharmacy for student pharmacists.
  • PGY1 community pharmacy residency programs may increase a practice site’s capacity for IPPE and APPE students, and increase the number of well-trained pharmacists who are prepared to serve as preceptors.
  • Establishing venues for residents to provide lectures, lead clinical skills sessions and pharmaceutical care labs, and assist with other teaching responsibilities to support faculty.
  • Allowing residents to develop skills that will help prepare them to pursue careers in academia.
  • Creating opportunities for faculty who are interested in developing practice-based research networks to study community pharmacy settings.


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