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PGY1 Residency

Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a one-year, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-accredited PGY1 residency that is designed to provide a broad range of experiences in a progressive environment committed to pharmaceutical care and education. We strive to help our residents achieve their full potential as clinicians, educators and individuals. Six positions are available each year.

Residents gain valuable hands-on experience through clinical rotations. Our flexible program allows residents to tailor their experiences to meet their individual interests and career goals. All rotations are precepted by outstanding clinical specialists.
Rotation experiences include:

  • Two required rotations, Medication Strategy & Safety and Ambulatory Care (4 weeks each)
  • Six 6-week rotations that are selected from a list of 22 electives
  • Practice management, which is a longitudinal experience integrated throughout the year

View our complete list of rotations and preceptors.

By precepting students, residents refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. The WFBH Pharmacy Department is a rotation site for students from Campbell University, Wingate University, and High Point University Schools of Pharmacy. Approximately 220 student months are completed at WFBMC each year.

Precepting responsibilities are available on most rotations. Residents also mentor and evaluate students as part of the weekly Student/Resident Seminar Series.

Presentations and Teaching Certificate
Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Residents gain experience giving numerous presentations to a variety of audiences, including providing an accredited CE program and lectures to pharmacy students. At the beginning of the year, residents will have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program. This program is intended to develop the resident’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach effectively in a wide variety of settings. The certificate program also aims to enhance residents’ ability to provide constructive evaluations, as well as incorporate feedback into their own teaching.

Research Project
Residents complete an independent research project under the guidance of pharmacist and physician researchers. Many projects are presented at national meetings and published in the medical literature

Pharmacy Operations and Staffing
All residents develop an understanding of pharmacy operations and become proficient in various pharmacist functions via staffing. The current staffing experience involves working 3 weekends and 2 weekday evening shifts every 8 weeks. Residents also volunteer and precept pharmacy students at a local indigent care clinic.

Salary and Benefits

  • Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Covered parking
  • Estimated stipend: $47,500
  • Funding to attend professional meetings

What makes us unique?
Although we are very proud of our program’s creative structure and our department’s innovative practice, what really makes us special is our people!

Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program Application Process

Application Requirements
Please submit your application online using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

For your personal statement, please submit an essay that answers the following questions:

  • What are your goals for a pharmacy practice residency, and how does our program meet these goals?
  • Describe any research experience or training, special projects or scientific work you have completed, as well as any notable professional accomplishments you have achieved.
  • What do you think is the largest obstacle facing pharmacy practice today?
  • What personal interests do you have outside of pharmacy?

Application Guidelines
When submitting your application, please adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • Submit three (and only three) references to the reference section of PhORCAS (Please consider your choice for references carefully. We want information from people who will help us get to know you and understand how well you will succeed in our program).
  • You only need to submit a personal statement. Please do not submit a separate letter of intent.
  • Ensure your essay is in 12-point font and no more than two pages long.

In general, the best reference letters come from:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations (these are the most helpful)
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem-solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisers and employers whom you have worked with on a particular project and/or know well

In general, the least helpful reference letters come from:

  • College administrators (Deans, Assistant Deans)
  • Employers
  • Family/personal friends


Application Deadline
The deadline for the Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program is January 1.
Approximately 35 applicants will be selected for on-site interviews. Interviews are conducted from mid-January through the end of February.

For more Information:
James R. Beardsley, PharmD, BCPS 
PGY1 Residency Director 
Phone: 336-713-3412 
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 
Medical Center Boulevard 
Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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Pharmacy Residency Program

WFBMC Department of Pharmacy

Medical Center Boulevard

Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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