Established in 2000, the PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is one of the oldest accredited residency programs of its kind in the nation. It has a proven track record of giving new pharmacists the tools they need to be leaders and innovators in community pharmacy practice.
In 2005, Blue Ridge Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy, began with the focus of growing and developing a long-term care pharmacy to exceed expectations of service provided to family care homes, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities in western NC. In 2016, the community retail side of Blue Ridge Pharmacy was rebranded to Sona Pharmacy. Today, Blue Ridge Pharmacy, Inc., consists of Sona Pharmacy, which has two community pharmacies (Asheville and Hendersonville), Blue Ridge Pharmacy, which has two long-term care pharmacies (Asheville and Cary), Sona Specialty Pharmacy, and Sona Compounding Pharmacy. The Asheville pharmacy, Sona Pharmacy + Clinic, is a Patient-Centered Medical Home housed in the same building as Vickery Family Medicine, a local family practice. Sona Pharmacy received the Sky High Growth Award in 2018 and Blue Ridge Pharmacy received the Sky High Growth Award in 2015 from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. This site accepts one community pharmacy resident per year. Sona Pharmacy provides innovative services including:
Medication therapy management (MTM)
Practice management, marketing, reimbursement strategies, community outreach, and education
Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)
Disease state management
Access program: Community-based referral program for patients transitioning from nursing facilities back to home, continuation of care, or adherence packaging
Long-term care pharmacy
Consultant pharmacy services
Teaching experience in classroom and clinical practice settings
Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Network pharmacy (CPESN) with Mutual CPESN and CPESN USA
For the 2020-2021 year, our sites include:
Campus Health: NMS 193221 (seeking 2 residents)
Dilworth Drug and Wellness Center: NMS 193226 (seeking 1 resident)
When selecting your designations in PhORCAS, you may apply to any of our sites. You will be charged only one fee from PhORCAS, even if you apply to multiple sites within our program.
In addition to the standard information provided via PhORCAS, please be sure that your application includes:
A letter of intent specific to the site you are applying to (i.e. Moose Pharmacy, Walgreens Chapel Hill)
Three (3) references (each must complete the standard reference form; a separate letter of recommendation is not required)
A leadership statement answering the question, “What is your philosophy on leadership?” (limit 500 words)
About University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a nationally recognized leader in progressive pharmacy practice, education, and research. Founded in 1897, it is the only public school of pharmacy in the state of North Carolina and one of the oldest in the nation. The School is accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The School is ranked #1 among the nation’s doctor of pharmacy programs in U.S. News & World Report. The PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program is part of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE), one of five Divisions within the School.