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PGY1 Residency

WFBH offers a one-year, ASHP-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. Four positions are available each year.


Flexibility allows residents to tailor their experiences to meet their individual interests and career goals.

  • Medication Strategy & Safety and Ambulatory Care are the only required rotations
  • Six 6-week rotations selected from a list of 19 electives
  • Practice management is a longitudinal experience integrated throughout the year
  • All rotations precepted by outstanding clinical specialists

Click here for a complete list of rotations and preceptors


Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the presentation experiences include:

  • Pharmacotherapy CE Program /Pharmacy Grand Rounds 
  • Pharmacy Student Lecture  
  • Resident/Student Seminar Series Presentations
  • Journal Club  
  • Case Presentations 
  • Rotation Inservices
  • Project Presentation at the Southeastern Residency Conference  
  • Poster Presentation at UHC                  


By precepting students, residents will refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base.  WFBH is a rotation site for students primarily from Campbell University School of Pharmacy and Wingate School of Pharmacy (approximately 190 student months per year).

  • A teaching certificate is offered 
  • Precepting responsibilities available on most rotations
  • Residents mentor and evaluate students as part of weekly Residency/Student Seminar Series

UHC poster sessionProjects

  • Independent research project
    • Pharmacist and physician mentoring
    • Many projects are presented at national meetings and published
  • Drug usage evaluation
  • Guideline/policy implementation 


  •  Currently: every 3rd weekend plus one evening shift every 3 weeks        


  • Comprehensive benefit package 
  • Estimated stipend: $45,000
  • Paid holiday and vacation time 
  • Funding to attend professional meetings   
  • Covered parking is provided 

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!


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Application Process

PGY1 Residency

Applications will be submitted online using ASHP Phorcas.
Instructions for Phorcas application submission: 

In the Personal Statement/letter of intent section, please submit an essay that addresses the following issues:

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

The essay should be in 12-point font and no more than 2 pages long.

(Please do NOT submit an additional “letter of intent”)  

Please have three (and only three) references complete 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.    

In general, these people tend to write helpful letters:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations (these are usually the best)
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisors, employers – if you have done a particular project with them &/or they know you well 

In general, these people tend to write unhelpful letters: 

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

Application deadline is January 1st. Approximately 25 applicants will be selected for onsite interviews.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Dr. Beardsley at

Residency Program Director Information

      James R. Beardsley, PharmD, BCPS
      PGY1 Residency Director
      Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
      Medical Center Boulevard
      Winston-Salem, NC  27157

An index of our residency programs are located below:
Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1)
Community Pharmacy Residency (PGY1)
Ambulatory Pharmacy Residency (PGY1)
Advanced Pratice Specialty (PGY2)
     Critical Care 
    Infectious Disease
Health System Pharmacy Administration (Masters) 

Quick Reference

Pharmacy Residency Program

WFBMC Department of Pharmacy

Medical Center Boulevard

Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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