Community Pharmacy Residency
The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy partner with a variety of community-based pharmacy practice sites to offer post-graduate residency training to develop practitioners with strong clinical skills, business and entrepreneurship skills, and the ability to implement sustainable pharmacist services.
PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program
The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.
PGY1 Program Description
The UofSCCOP’s PGY1-Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is offered in collaboration with the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center (KPIC) and has five positions – one with Medicine Mart Pharmacy in West Columbia, SC, one with THE Pharmacy in Florence, SC, one at Hawthorne Pharmacy in Columbia, SC, and two with Premise Health. The Premise Health positions are located at the Associate Family Health Center in Greer, SC and the Center for Living Well in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The Premise Health positions are combined with our PGY2 Community-Based Pharmacy Administration & Leadership program (see below). Our PGY1 program aims to develop pharmacy leaders who can improve the health of patients within the communities they serve.
The PGY1 residents will be involved with enhancing and developing value-added patient care services in the community pharmacy setting, including immunizations, disease state management and education programs, medication therapy management, health screenings and community outreach programs. In addition, the residents will have the opportunity to develop, implement and manage a new patient care service at their site. The residents receive entrepreneurial business-focused training and support from the KPIC. The residents will complete a research project, present an abstract and poster at a national meeting and complete a formalized presentation. Many teaching opportunities exist at both the practice site and at the College of Pharmacy, including a required teaching certificate program. Additionally, the residents participate in a yearlong professional development series that includes leadership training and the creation of a business plan for a position post-residency
PGY1 Program Outcomes
- Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to optimize patient care.
- Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
- Develop new ideas and approaches to improve quality or overcome barriers to advance the profession of community pharmacy.
- Provide medication and practice-related information, education, and/or training.
PGY1 Required Learning Experiences
Patient Care Services (40%)
Dispensing/Operational Services (20%)
Teaching and Training (6%)
Practice management (10%)
Professional Development Series (6%)
Project Development & Assessment (12%)
PGY2 Community-Based Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency Program
The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy PGY-2 Community-Based Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency Program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
PGY2 Program Description
The UofSCCOP’s combined PGY1-Community-Based Pharmacy and PGY2 Community-Based Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency Program is offered in collaboration with Premise Health and has two sites: Associate Family Health Center in Greer, SC and the Center for Living Well in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Premise Health has been the onsite leader in health center services for Fortune 500 companies for over 40 years. The company offers a variety of onsite services to approximately 400 clients in 48 states. Premise Health currently manages 4 BMW health centers, including the Associate Family Health Center in Greer, SC. The AFHC is a 25,000 square foot facility that offers pharmacy, primary care, physical therapy, optical, dental and wellness services to associates and dependents. Premise Health also manages the Center for Living Well at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The CLW offers pharmacy, primary care, diagnostic, and behavioral health services.
The PGY2 residents will receive pharmacy-specific outcomes research training from faculty at the UofSCCOP. The PGY2 year builds upon the resident’s competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills.
The program is designed to develop a pharmacist who can provide high quality patient care, manage an innovative pharmacy practice at a local or corporate level, evaluate the impact of the patient care provided, and advance the profession of pharmacy. Additionally, the resident will participate in pharmacy profession advocacy efforts at the local, state and national level. Graduates will be prepared for a high level managerial, supervisory and leadership position that is responsible for developing and managing an innovative community-based patient care practice within a health care system.
- Design, implement, manage, and provide effective clinical and operational pharmacy services in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
- Apply contemporary quality methodology to the management of pharmacy and health care services.
- Manage the pharmacy’s budget and monitor financial performance.
- Lead and manage the pharmacy’s human resources.
- Demonstrate personal leadership qualities and business acumen essential to advancing the profession and practice of pharmacy.
- Develop community partnerships that positively impact public health.
PGY2 Required Learning Experiences
Clinical & Operational Management (25%)
Premise Health Leadership (25%)
Pharmacy Practice Leadership (5%)
Quality Improvement (10%)
Human Resource Management (10%)
Finance & Budgeting (15%)
Residency Projects (10%)
Residency Training Sites
Medicine Mart, West Columbia, SC Lynn Connelly, BSPharm, has owned and operated the Medicine Mart Pharmacy since 1982. “Pharmacy is a changing profession and we have to look for new and innovative ways to continue our practice,” says Mr. Connelly. In addition to traditional dispensing services, Medicine Mart currently offers disease state education, medication therapy management, immunization programs, 340B pharmacy services, and health screenings.
THE Pharmacy, Florence, SC THE Pharmacy is a new and innovative pharmacy that is growing quickly. It opened in 2016 and is owned by University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Alumnus, Dr. Jarrod Tippins (’09). Residents will have the opportunity to develop and grow patient care services, collaborate with other health care providers, and gain valuable business experience while caring for patients in an underserved area of South Carolina.
Hawthorne Pharmacy, Columbia, SC New site for the 2019 residency year! At Hawthorne Pharmacy the resident will have the opportunity to experience 7 unique locations. In addition to dispensing services, Hawthorne operates a compounding lab, holds seminars for Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, and offers leg vein screenings. During the residency, candidates will be able to interact with and give back to their community by administering immunizations, implementing new clinical services, providing medication therapy management services, and disease state management education.
Premise Health Premise Health has been the onsite leader in health center services for Fortune 500 companies for over 40 years. The company offers a variety of onsite services to approximately 400 clients in 48 states.
- Associate Family Health Center – BMW
- Premise Health currently manages 4 BMW health centers, including the Associate Family Health Center in Greer, SC. The AFHC is a 25,000 square foot facility that offers pharmacy, primary care, physical therapy, optical, dental and wellness services to associates and dependents. There are currently 65 full time Premise Team Members at the AFHC: 8 pharmacists, 1 MD, 2 NP’s, 2 physical therapists, 3 PT assistants, 2 optometrists, 3 dentists and other supporting ancillary staff.
- Center for Living Well – Disney
- Premise Health also manages the Center for Living Well at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The CLW offers primary care, pharmacy, diagnostic, care management, and behavioral health services. The largest of Premise Health sites, the CLW serves a patient population of nearly 20,000 cast members and dependents with more than 100 staff members including: 7 pharmacists, 8 MD/DOs, and 4 NP/PAs. Residents can expect to work closely with all staff and be involved in our diabetes, cardiac, pulmonary, HIV, HepB/C, lifestyle medicine, mental health, TOC, and MTM services.
- Associate Family Health Center – BMW
Residents collaborate with KPIC faculty throughout their residency training to not only learn and develop management, leadership, entrepreneurial skills; but also tap into available resources and expertise to develop and launch a business plan for implementing new clinical services in their pharmacy setting.
Past residents have gone on to develop a variety of unique, innovative service offerings while also preparing for career opportunities after the residency training. To learn more about some past resident successes, please view our Success Stories.
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