PGY1 - Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

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, and leadership development.

At the end of the residency year, graduates of the UNC Rex Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy residency program are prepared to begin practicing as clinical pharmacists in the institutional practice setting or to enter a PGY2 residency or fellowship in their desired specialty.

PGY1 Program Description

UNC REX Healthcare is the largest community hospital in the UNC Healthcare system. We are an accredited primary stroke and chest pain center, and a Bariatric Center of Excellence as well as a comprehensive community Cancer Center.  We are the only hospital in Wake County to earn an above average rating for heart attack survival and the only hospital in the Triangle region to earn a 5-star rating from the Centers of Medicare Services. UNC REX Healthcare specializes in oncology, critical care, 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.  Our program is designed to provide clinical training in oncology, critical care, surgery, and antimicrobial stewardship.

PGY1 Accreditation

The Residency Program was originally accredited by ASHP as a pharmacy practice residency in 2013. We are currently accredited by ASHP through 2023.

PGY1 Program Design

Required Rotations (1 month except orientation):

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
    • 1 week general hospital orientation, clinical orientation, and clinical computer orientation
    • 5 weeks pharmacy orientation
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Internal Medicine
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Project
  • Administration

Elective Rotations (choice of 3):

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Administration II
  • CICU
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Nephrology
  • Transitions of Care

Longitudinal Activities

  • Drug Information
  • Research
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Chief Resident (each resident serves for 3 months of the residency experience)
  • Code Blue Response

Teaching Experience:

  • Serve as primary preceptor for 1 to 2 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience students
  • Opportunity to apply for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
  • Multiple teaching opportunities include: precepting, didactic lecturing, and continuing education presentations
  • Residents typically have the opportunity to serve as a TA for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • 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 and a regional pharmacy conference.
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication


  • The pharmacy resident during the PGY1 will attend local pharmacy meetings (NCAP), health system meetings, and ASHP Midyear.  The resident may participate in recruiting events for the PGY1 residency and attend residency showcases as needed.


  • 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. The first two weekends in December are excluded from this requirement; in order to permit attendance at the ASHP Midyear meeting
  • Residents will be expected to staff 2 holidays as defined in the UNC REX Policies and Procedures, based on department needs.

How to Apply

There are 4 PGY1 positions available. The application deadline is January 1, 2021. The program start date is June 2021. The following is required for the application:

  • An application form submitted through the PhORCAS Application Portal
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy College transcripts
  • Three PhORCAS Standardized Recommendations

All applicants much be registered with the National Matching Service. Employment application will be required after match results are posted.

Contact Information for PGY1 Program:

Carson Hart, PharmD, MS,  BCPS 
PGY1 Residency Program Director 
Director of Clinical and Ambulatory Pharmacy Services

UNC REX Hospital 
4420 Lake Boone Trail 
Department of Pharmacy 
Raleigh, NC 27606

For more information contact:

Carson PadgettCarson Hart, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Director of Clinical and Ambulatory Pharmacy Services
PGY1 Program Director