PGY1 Community-Based Residency


The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program builds 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.

Program Description

The PGY1 Residency in Community Pharmacy at NHRMC consists of 12 months of specialized training in a community pharmacy setting.  The goals and objectives of the residency are set in accordance with APhA/ASHP Standards of Accreditation.  This innovative residency offers the resident a unique opportunity to develop and implement direct patient care programs in a hospital-based outpatient pharmacy.  The resident will gain a distinctive perspective on community pharmacy, as the patient population will consist of NHRMC employees, indigent patients, and patients discharged from the health system's hospital and clinics.  The NHRMC PGY1 Community-Based Residency is committed to graduating competent community practice leaders equipped to meet the challenges presented by a rapidly-changing health care system.  The resident will be an effective independent practitioner and patient advocate.  Throughout the year, the resident will gain experience in the following areas:   

  • Providing comprehensive patient care in an outpatient setting, including transition of care
  • Applying medication therapy management skills in direct patient care through wellness and disease state management programs
  • Providing preventative care through community outreach
  • Developing, marketing, and implementing new patient care and disease state management programs
  • Enhancing drug information skills
  • Enhancing verbal and written communication skills
  • Developing teaching skills in both didactic and practice environments
  • Improving self-evaluation skills and confidence level

Learning Experiences


  • Community Pharmacy Practice (Dispensing)
  • Outpatient Practice Management
  • MTM Services
  • Discharge Transitions of Care
  • Diabetes Management
  • Care Team HIV/Adherence Clinic
  • Education
  • Project
  • Manuscript 

Service Elective Examples (Planned based on resident interest):

  • Any required rotation
  • Home Health
  • Geriatrics
  • Medical Mission
  • Family Medicine
  • Community Outreach

One Month Each:

  • Orientation (July) - 6 weeks
  • Transitions of Care - Ambulatory Care


A PGY1 Community-Based resident is required to work in the NHRMC outpatient pharmacy one day a week. The resident will also serve on hospital and/or department committees.


At NHRMC, the resident will have the opportunity to develop his or her skills as a preceptor for pharmacy students, a teacher for health care professionals, and a patient educator. The resident will co-precept pharmacy students on community pharmacy rotations, lead small group discussions with students, and participate in the Pharmacy Education Forum. The resident will also provide in-services to the pharmacy staff (both inpatient and outpatient) and formal presentations to physicians and other health care providers. The resident will also offer education sessions on various topics to members of the local community during community outreach events.

Other Resident Opportunities

The PGY1 Community-Based resident at NHRMC will complete a project which will be presented at a Regional Residency Conference. The PGY1 Community-Based resident will also be required to submit at least one publication to a peer-reviewed journal.

Community Service

All pharmacy residents will work together to coordinate two community outreach events annually and the PGY1 Community-Based resident will also participate in community outreach monthly.