PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a 1-year postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) community-based pharmacy residency program that is designed to provide a broad range of outpatient 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. The program is in pre-candidate status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in partnership with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Three positions are available each year.

Community-based pharmacy residents experience a variety of practice sites and opportunities consistent with an academic medical center. Wake Forest Baptist has 8 community and specialty pharmacies of which 2 sites contain pharmacy care clinics. Residents also learn from experienced leaders in the pharmacy field.

Hear from our current and past residents on their experiences.


Resident rotations include 12 learning experiences. The rotations are divided into 6 week blocks or 12 month longitudinal experiences. The outcomes, goals and objectives for the program are assigned to individual learning experiences. The goals and interests of each resident are considered and addressed in selection of learning experiences.

Block Rotation Learning Experience

  • Orientation
  • Medication use systems
  • Disease state management in the community
  • Community pharmacy services
  • Transitional and supportive care
  • Pharmacy care clinic and population health
  • Specialty pharmacy services

Longitudinal Rotation Learning Experiences

  • Management
  • Medication quality and safety
  • Staffing and patient panel
  • Research project
  • Educational programs


Residents will have precepting responsibilities on most rotations, as the department of pharmacy is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell and Wingate Universities.

As part of their precepting duties, residents complete student evaluations for the student/resident learning series and can pursue a teaching certificate.

PGY1 community-based pharmacy residents have onsite teaching opportunities at High Point University School of Pharmacy.

Presentations and Conferences

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

  • Case presentations
  • In-services on rotations
  • Journal club
  • Pharmacy grand rounds
  • Pharmacy student lectures
  • Poster presentation at Vizient Pharmacy Council Meeting
  • Project presentation at the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC)


The residency program requires the completion of several key projects, including:

  • Guideline/policy implementation
  • Independent research project
  • Rotation-specific projects as needed


To fulfill their staffing duties, residents rotate through community, specialty and ambulatory care locations. The frequency varies based on departmental needs and educational opportunities during each block. However, staffing responsibilities are no more than the equivalent of every other weekend and one evening per week.

Salary and Benefits

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

Application Process

Please submit your application online using ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include the following information:

  • A current CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

In your letter of intent, please submit an essay that answers the following questions:

  • What are your goals for a pharmacy 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 today?
  • What personal interests do you have outside of pharmacy?

Application Guidelines

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

  • Submit 3 (and only 3) references to the reference section of PhORCAS
  • Submit only 1 letter of intent
  • Ensure your essay is in 12-point font and not more than 2 pages long

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, the best reference letters come from:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations
  • 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

Application Deadline

The deadline for the PGY1 community-based pharmacy residency program is January 1.

On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.