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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

This 52-week postgraduate training experience is designed to develop the following core competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Advancing practice and improving patient care
  • Leadership & management
  • Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge


  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Licensure/eligibility for licensure in North Carolina
  • Exceptional knowledge, communication skills, and leadership qualities

Qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview or virtual interview. Interview structure may vary from year to year.

Number of positions: 4

Rotations & Required Activities

Rotational experiences for the PGY1 residency program are designed to provide our residents with a broad exposure to pharmacy practice and patient populations. Notably the PGY1 residency program at WakeMed Health & Hospitals offers a wide variety of rotations and flexibility in scheduling.

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Adult Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Drug Information & Medication Safety
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Administration

Elective Rotations:

  • Critical Care (Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic, Pediatrics/Neonatal)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Infectious Disease
  • Palliative Care Medicine
  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Optional teaching certificate program
  • Service as a decentralized clinical pharmacist
    • Every 3rd weekend
    • 1 major and 1 minor holiday
    • Approximately 7 additional service days throughout the year

Additional Required Activities:

  • Complete and present a residency research project at a regional conference
  • Complete Medication Use Evaluation(s)
  • Formal mentorship program
  • Leadership series
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Present an ACPE-approved continuing education program


  • Estimated stipend $48,464
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Paid days off (PDO) = 14 days
  • Travel allowance to attend professional meetings

Application Information


Amanda Gorman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
ED and Medical/Surgical Clinical Coordinator
Residency Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Program

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