Our Program


The UNC REX Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency prepares postgraduates to begin practicing as experienced clinical pharmacists in the institutional practice setting or to enter a PGY2 residency or fellowship in their desired specialty.

The UNC REX Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency will provide postgraduate pharmacists an accelerated learning opportunity in inpatient and ambulatory pharmacy operations, clinical competency development, clinical research, leadership skill development, and much more.

There are PGY1 positions available. The Program start date is June, 18, 2018.

Program Description

UNC REX is a community hospital of UNC Healthcare. We are an accredited stroke and chest pain center, and a Bariatric Center of Excellence as well as a comprehensive community Cancer Center. We have achieved re-designation as a Magnet hospital for nursing. UNC REX specializes in oncology, heart and vascular and surgical services. The pharmacy department has been recognized by ASHP in the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) and as a finalist of the 2009 Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety.


The Residency Program was originally accredited by ASHP as a pharmacy practice residency in 2013, receiving a 3-year accreditation. We are currently accredited by ASHP through 2019.

Goals and Objectives

Our program is designed to provide clinical training in the areas where the hospital and pharmacy department have identified strengths. These include cardiology, oncology, critical care, surgery and antimicrobial stewardship.

The goal of the residency is to produce a strong clinical pharmacy provider who is well rounded in terms of knowledge and skills.

Committee assignments are made to help the resident gain project development skills. Additional activities include precepting pharmacy students, public speaking, and formulary management.

PGY1 Curriculum

Required Rotations (1 month):

  • Orientation
    • 1 week general hospital orientation, clinical orientation, and clinical computer orientation
    • 1 month pharmacy orientation
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship 
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology 
  • Project
  • Administration

Elective Rotations (1 month; choice of 3):

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Administration II
  • Critical Care II
  • Cardiology II
  • Oncology II 
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Neonatal ICU

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Information
  • Research


  • Opportunity to apply for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
  • Each resident serves as the primary preceptor for at least 1 IPPE PharmD candidate in May and/orJune (2 students total for each resident)
  • Multiple teaching opportunities include co-precepting APPE students, didactic lecturing and continuing education presentations


  • Create individual Research Advisory Committees
  • Complete and present a residency research project to peers at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting, Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC), and Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Resident Spring Symposium
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication

Additional Activities

  • Complete a medication use evaluation
  • Evaluate and present adverse drug reaction reports
  • Attend monthly Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee meetings
  • Participate in coaching and mentoring sessions with the pharmacy clinical coordinator, managers and/or director
  • Attend residency recruitment meetings at VSHP, SCSHP, NCAP and ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Present a system-wide CE program to all 10 UNC Health System pharmacies


  • Residents are required to staff the pharmacy every fourth weekend (8 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday), and one weekday evening each week in addition to their rotation hours excluding the first two weekends in December to permit attendance at the ASHP Midyear meeting
  • Residents will be expected to staff at one UNC REX minor holidays and one UNC REX major holidays as defined from UNC REX Policies and Procedures, based on department needs.