Designed to develop leaders who are prepared to practice in any contemporary ambulatory care practice, Samford University's postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency program is in partnership with Christ Health Center, providing vast opportunities for practice management, patient care, and teaching in multiple environments.
With Christ Health Center being associated with the St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Medical Residency program, pharmacy residents are training alongside multiple levels of learners: medical students and medical residents, pharmacy students, clinical pharmacists, and attending physicians. The opportunities for interprofessional development are innumerable as pharmacy residents work alongside these other providers every day, truly developing relationships that will last a lifetime and clinical skills that will serve patients for years to come.
At the conclusion of these programs, residents are competent in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide pharmacotherapy services to a wide variety of patients.
Through this program, residents will build upon skills learned in their PGY1 residency of clinical teaching, therapeutic intervention, medication and device counseling, and practice management. Residents will also have the unique opportunity to care for low-income patients.
Christ Health Center
Christ Health Center is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), providing care for underserved and underinsured patients across the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The ability to serve these patients in a Christian environment allows all members of the health care team to grow as both clinicians and as people. Learn more
Throughout the year, residents will have a chance to participate in pharmacist-managed Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, complex patient care management, specialty clinic (currently primarily focused on patients with Hepatitis C), and Transitional Care Management services.
Residents will also participate in a longitudinal rotation at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Authority, participating in its insulin titration clinic and in its ADA-recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the Teaching and Learning Certificate through Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy as well as precept pharmacy students at clinic. Three main aspects of this program are interprofessional patient care, teaching and practice management/research.
This residency program is designed to fulfill the ASHP educational outcomes, goals, and objectives for PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Programs.
Interprofessional Patient Care
Provide care to a family medicine patient population (including obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics) through a shared medical visit model working alongside medical residents and other health care providers
Assess past medical history, current medications, and socio-economic factors in order to formulate patient-specific therapeutic recommendations to providers
Provide screenings and preventative counseling to patients through telehealth and in-clinic visits for patients with a variety of common and uncommon disease states
Participate in collaborative practice with medical residents and attending physicians to establish and monitor health care plans for patients with Hepatitis C
Provide comprehensive wellness screenings to Medicare patients during Annual Wellness Visits alongside providers
Collaborate with providers during Transitional Care Management visits to ensure recently-discharged patients receive education and training on medication and devices prescribed in the hospital
Educate patients about medications and provide appropriate counseling
Precept fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students on rotation
Provide pharmacotherapy education and training for health care providers, medical residents, and rotation students
Develop and contribute to educational conferences or other functions for medical, nursing and pharmacy staff
Contribute to school departmental activities that enhance the training and practice of staff pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the department
Participate in the design and management of financially sustainable pharmacy services in an ambulatory care setting
Develop and implement a longitudinal research project with the intent to provide a measurable impact by the end of the residency year
Participate in ongoing research projects within Christ Health Center or Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Authority
As a principal or co-investigator, design and conduct a research project that measures the impact of pharmacy activity on patient outcomes, drug expenditures, or practice modification
Develop competency in billing in the outpatient setting
Longitudinal Learning Experiences
CGMHSA: Diabetes pharmacotherapy and education
Leadership and administration
All applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing a PGY1 residency. Note: Due to state regulations that significantly delay licensure, we are unable to consider international applications.
Applications are due January 3 and are available via PhORCAS. Required materials include:
Completed PhORCAS application
Letter of Intent
Official pharmacy school transcript
Three letters of recommendation (preferably from PGY1 preceptors)
Samford University is a leading nationally ranked Christian university. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Homewood, the university’s campus covers approximately 247 acres and is renowned for its beauty and Georgian-Colonial style architecture. The university currently enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries.
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