The purpose of the Western University School of Health Sciences/Ralphs Pharmacy PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program is 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.
This program develops pharmacy practitioners who are leaders and skilled patient care providers within the community pharmacy or health center setting. This program prepares its graduates to assume positions as outpatient clinic/community pharmacy clinicians, community pharmacy managers, to serve as adjunct faculty for a college of pharmacy, or to pursue careers in academia.
The resident will rotate through a variety of community and ambulatory care pharmacy practices providing various clinical services at Ralphs pharmacies and a safety-net clinic. Clinical service activities include counseling patients, initiating and adjusting medication therapies, ordering laboratory tests, performing physical assessments, implementing patient care programs, communicating with other health care providers, and managing a clinical practice. The resident will also get hands-on experience in community pharmacy corporate management. Through the program, the resident will have the opportunity to receive a teaching and research certificate and participate in didactic and experiential teaching activities. Research experience will involve the completion of a major clinical project during the course of the residency year. Findings from the project will be presented at the Western States Conference in the Spring of the residency year.
Graduation from an ACPE-accredited institution; Be licensed/eligible for CA pharmacist licensure.
Official Pharmacy School Transcript; 3 Letters of Recommendation; Letter of Intent; Curriculum Vitae
[All materials to be submitted to PhORCAS®].
About PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency
The Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy opened in 1996. The PharmD program prepares pharmacy professionals in a humanistic, interdisciplinary tradition to become competent, qualified practitioners. WesternU offers post-doctoral training programs in:
PGY1 Residencies: Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, Geriatrics
PGY2 Residencies: Cardiology
Fellowships: Health Outcomes, Cardiology Outcomes, Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes
Post-doctoral trainees have the opportunity to participate in didactic and experiential teaching, as well as assist in the development of clinical skills with pharmacy students in all phases of pharmacy school. WesternU has an innovative block structure in the curriculum, which allows students to focus on one topic at a time, and for faculty (and other lecturers) to focus their teaching time. WesternU is a leader in providing interprofessional education and teaching evidence-based clinical practice – trainees will have a chance to participate in both. All Post-Doctoral Trainees will have the opportunity to get a Research and Teaching Certificate.
WesternU programs include 15 days paid time off, health insurance..., parking, $1000 travel stipend, and 403(b) with employer contribution. Post-doctoral trainees are provided a faculty appointment within the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.