Mercer University College of Pharmacy is committed providing an educational program that meets the accreditation standards and underlying principles of the ASHP-APhA for Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Programs. The educational program will be adapted to the unique goals, objectives, and career plans of the resident insofar as the requirements of certification and the residency will permit. In turn, the resident should be familiar with the accreditation and other requirements that apply to residents in training. If required, program requirements may be altered once they have been implemented due to changes as required by ASHP and APhA guidance.
The Mercer University College of Pharmacy PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is designed, conducted, and evaluated using a systems-based approach. This residency program will provide the resident with experiences to meet all the outcomes required by the ASHP-APhA Accreditation Standard for Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Programs. Other program goals and outcomes will be included in the structure of the overall residency program based resident interest, and program strengths.
The competency areas, goals, and objectives are for use with the Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Programs. The four competency areas and their associated goals and objectives are required and must be included in all programs. Programs may add additional goals and objectives under one or more required competency areas. In addition, elective or customized goals and objectives may be selected for specific residents only. All required and any additional goals and objectives selected by the program must be evaluated at least once during the residency year.
Our program offers 4 resident positions at four sites across the metro-Atlanta area:
1) Kroger Pharmacy
2) Walgreens Clinical Pharmacy
3) Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy
4) Poole's Pharmacy (Independent Pharmacy)
MUCOP Community-Based Pharmacy Residents will be required to perform or participate in a number of activities throughout the year to ensure competency with the goals and objectives outlined by ASHP residency accreditation standards. By the end of the residency training year, we expect each resident (at minimum) to have successfully completed 90% of the projects/activities detailed in the MUCOP Residency Program Requirements for Certificate Checklist. This document will be reviewed/discussed in detail by the RPD during the program orientation.
Individuals interested in applying for the Mercer University College of Pharmacy Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program will follow the guidelines of the Residency Program Application Process for consideration. Selection into a community pharmacy residency position is a competitive process. A potential residency candidate must possess at minimum the following qualifications:
All residents must be US citizens
A Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a school or college of pharmacy that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Must hold licensure in the state(s) where the residency program is being conducted within 60 days after the start of the residency program
The submission of Residency Application materials through PhORCAS must be received by January 15th of the year in which admission is sought, including:
A letter of intent/personal statement explaining their interest in pursuing the residency position and expectations from completing the residency
3 professional recommendations
Any candidate who submits application materials after the application deadline or has an incomplete application packet will not be considered
Prior experience with community pharmacy is encouraged, but not required
Participate in and adherence to the rules of the Resident Matching Program
The resident is expected to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Georgia Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) and/or other state exams required within 45 days from eligibility. The residency program director must approve any circumstance preventing the resident from taking the exam within the 45 days eligibility period.
Unless currently licensed as a Georgia pharmacist, the resident must obtain a Georgia pharmacy intern license from the Georgia Board of Pharmacy prior to starting the residency program. The resident must provide a copy of their Georgia pharmacy intern license at the start of the residency. The license must be posted at the pharmacy per laws, rules and regulations. Failure to do so will delay the start of the resident’s training program and can impact employment benefits. Should the resident not obtain a pharmacy intern license within 45 days of the scheduled start date of the residency or has not become a licensed Georgia pharmacist, the resident will be terminated from the program.
The resident is to be licensed by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy which includes passing both the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Georgia Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) by September 15th at the latest. If the resident fails to achieve licensure by September 15th, the resident will need to submit a letter of appeal to the RAC and RPD on or before September 30th with an explanation and request for continuance. Otherwise, the resident will be terminated from the program.
About Mercer University College of Pharmacy Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program
Our program provides a structured and advanced education and training experience for pharmacists whose ability, motivation and career aspirations suggest a potential for creative and innovative leadership in community pharmacy practice, academia, and/or ambulatory care pharmacy.
Our detailed learning experiences develop critical thinking skills, encourage provision of evidence based care, foster interprofessional relationships, create change in local communities, and optimize patient care services.
Our program is committed to graduating practitioners with expansive experience in facilitating groups, diverse patient care, research, management, precepting, and public speaking.