PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a 1-year, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-accredited postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency that is designed to prepare residents for a future in innovative pharmacy practice:  

  • Focused on providing expert clinical pharmacy services
  • Supported by advanced informatics and automation
  • Addressing population health and care throughout the continuum
  • Provided by a team of clinicians who respect one another and collaborate to promote the best outcomes for patients

We strive to assist our residents in achieving their full potential as clinicians, educators, and individuals. Six positions are available each year.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Flexibility to tailor your experience to support your professional goals
  • An institution that provides an exceptionally advanced level of clinical practice 
  • The opportunity to co-labor with an excellent and receptive medical staff 
  • A collegial spirit and supportive culture to enhance your residency training 
  • Hear from our current and past residents on their experiences


Our rotation structure is designed to ensure that your rotations support your individual interests and career goals. Rotation experiences include:

  • 2 required rotations: Medication Strategy and Safety, and Ambulatory care (4 weeks each)
  • Six 6-week rotations that are selected from a list of 24 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 Wake Forest Baptist Health pharmacy department is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell, Wingate and High Point Universities. Approximately 280 student months are expected at Wake Forest Baptist Health next year.

Precepting responsibilities are available on most rotations. Residents also mentor and evaluate students as part of the weekly student/resident seminar series and help facilitate interprofessional educational events at Wake Forest School of Medicine.   

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 continuing education 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 the resident’s 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 one weekend every 3 weeks and a 4-hour evening shift once a week. Residents rotate responding to Codes.  They 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
  • Estimated stipend: $48,000
  • 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
  • Personal statement
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

In 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 3 (and only 3) references to the reference section of PhORCAS.  Your reference writers only need to complete the reference section in PhORCAS; they do not need to attach a separate letter of reference.
  • You only need to submit a personal statement as described above. Please do not submit a separate 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 (these are generally the best references)
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem-solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisers, and employers with whom you have worked on a particular project and/or who know you 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 PGY1 pharmacy residency program is January 1.
On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.