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The purpose of the VCU School of Pharmacy Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is to build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS) and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.


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 (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 their choice)