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Our Purpose

To build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based- 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.

In addition, the VCU School of Pharmacy Community-based- Based Pharmacy Residency Program is dedicated to preparing advanced innovative community-based pharmacy providers who are committed to patient care and improving knowledge through education.

The objectives of the residency program are to develop within the resident:

  • Clinical competence in the field of community-based clinical practice. The focus will primarily be on disease state management, disease prevention, medication therapy management, and overall wellness.
  • Competence in implementing, marketing, and maintaining a community-based clinical practice, including developing innovative patient care service programs to be incorporated into community-based pharmacies.
  • Competence in teaching and training, including School of Pharmacy students, pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and the general public. This will be accomplished through lectures, advanced practice experiential experiences, workshops, and community-based presentations.
  • Competence in developing and conducting practice-based research. The research hypothesis to be tested will be determined by the preceptor and resident.
  • Competence and ability to contribute to the clinical and scientific literature in the field of community-based pharmacy practice. The resident will submit a continuing education article and the completed research project for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • The importance of community-based and professional involvement and leadership. The resident will participate in local and state professional organizations through committee and legislative functions and in a community- based organization of his/her choice.

The required educational competency areas for the VCU PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program are as follows:

Competency Area R1: Patient Care

Competency Area R2: Leadership and Management

Competency Area R3: Advancement of Community-based Practice and Improving Patient Care

Competency Area R4: Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

The residency will be tailored to complement and augment the background and career goals of the successful applicant. In general, the resident’s responsibilities will include:

  • Patient Care - 60%
    • Patient Care Community-Based Site - 42.5%
    • Ambulatory Care Clinics - 7.5%
    • Patient-Centered Dispensing - 10%
  • Program Development and Management - 15%
  • Community and Professional Leadership - 5%
    • Community and Professional Leadership - 4%
    • Residency Program Administration - 1%
  • Research and Contribution to the Literature - 5%
  • Teaching and Training - 10%
  • Electives - 5%

Overview of Learning Experience

The Patient Care Learning Experience represents the foundation for the residency program. Residents will spend 42.5% of their time in patient care activities at their primary practice site outside of patient-centered dispensing. It is designed to give residents skills and knowledge to care for patients in the community-based pharmacy setting. Residents will apply the JCPP Patient Care Process when taking care of patients in the community-based pharmacy setting. Examples of patient care activities include medication therapy management, the appointment-based model for medication synchronization, disease state management, disease state education, transitions of care, travel health, and wellness and prevention including immunizations and screenings.

The Patient Care Learning Experience in Ambulatory Care Clinics is designed to provide residents with the skills and knowledge to care for patients in collaboration with other health care professionals.

Ambulatory Care Clinic Sites

Richmond, Virginia

Daily Planet Health Services, Inc.

The Daily Planet is a comprehensive health services and activity center that serves the homeless and underprivileged people of the greater Richmond area. This clinic was established in 1969 with a mission to enable homeless or near homeless individuals reach a level of self-sustainability.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

Residents will train for a total of 8 months in the patient-centered medical home, one 4 month block will primarily be focused on anticoagulation and meets every week on Mondays from 8 am – 12 noon and one 4 month block for primary care focused which meets every week on Tuesdays or Fridays from 8 am – 12 noon. Residents from Bremo, Buford, and Kroger – Richmond rotate through the medical clinic. Their primary responsibility is to conduct visits for medication therapy management, medication refills, disease management, anticoagulation, wellness and prevention including smoking cessation, immunizations, and Annual Wellness Visits. The resident works collaboratively with the physician and/or nurse practitioner to assess the patient’s therapy. This is a wonderful opportunity to work closely with other healthcare professionals.

Primary Preceptor: Kelly Goode, Pharm.D., BCPS, Alexis Page, Pharm.D., Jessica McDaniel, Pharm.D.

Behavioral Health

The Behavioral health clinic meets every week for one half day. Residents from the Bremo, Buford Road, and Kroger- Richmond sites rotate through the Behavioral health clinic. Their primary responsibility is to meet with the patient for medication reviews and consultations prior to their appointment with the physician/nurse practitioner. The resident works collaboratively with the physician/nurse practitioner to assess the patient’s therapy. This is a wonderful opportunity to work closely with other healthcare professionals in the field of Behavioral health.

Primary Preceptor: Sharon Gatewood, Pharm.D.

The Patient-Centered Dispensing Learning Experience is designed to give residents skills and knowledge to manage a dispensing practice incorporated with patient care services such as wellness and prevention, education, medication therapy management, and identification of patients for other services. Residents will participate in a minimum of 8 hours of patient-centered dispensing each week. Patient-Centered dispensing is defined as dispensing with patient care activities incorporated at the same time including but not limited to immunizations, medication therapy management visits, education, and identification of patients for other services.

The Teaching and Training Learning Experience is designed to give residents skills and knowledge for teaching patients, student pharmacists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. Residents are required to give provide 3 small group facilitations each semester, one large lecture, and participate in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences for the professional degree program. In addition, residents will be teaching patients, presenting a continuing education program for pharmacists and a program for other health professionals.

Additionally, residents will be required to complete the Practitioner-Teacher Program. Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Practitioner-Teacher Program.

The Program Development and Management Learning Experience is designed to give residents skills and knowledge to develop and manage financially viable patient care practice. Residents will be involved with a quality improvement project and will develop a business plan for a new patient care service.

The Research and Contribution to the Literature Learning Experience is designed to give residents skills and knowledge to conduct practice-based projects and for writing, presenting, and publishing. Residents will conduct a research project and write a continuing education article.

Elective Learning Experiences are designed to enrich the resident’s experiences in areas not part of the core curriculum or to expand on core curriculum areas. The elective experiences will be selected in consultation with their site coordinator/primary preceptor and the Residency Director. All efforts will be made to grant the resident opportunities for elective experiences of their choice, however, timing, logistics, etc. may not allow for certain experiences. Previous residents have completed electives with the American Pharmacists Association, Virginia Pharmacists Association, managed care, other innovative community practice sites, and industry.