PGY1 - Pharmacy Residency


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.

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.

Program Overview

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 2020.

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.

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
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Project
  • Administration

Elective Rotations (choice of 3):

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

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Information
  • Research
  • Chief Resident (each resident serves for 3 months of the residency experience)


  • Opportunity to apply for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
  • Each resident serves as the primary preceptor for 1-2 IPPE PharmD candidates
  • Multiple teaching opportunities include co-precepting APPE students, didactic lecturing and continuing education presentations
  • Residents typically have the opportunity to serve as a TA for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Residents lead two CE lectures given to the entire UNC Healthcare System


  • 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


  • 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 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 Program start date is June 2020. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • B.S. in Pharmacy or PharmD. from an ACPE Accredited College of Pharmacy
  • North Carolina Pharmacist licensure by July 1, 2020
  • An on-site interview is required
  • To be considered for employment, you must presently have an employment authorization that is valid throughout the residency period. We do not sponsor international visas.

Contact Information for PGY1 Program:

Carson Padgett, 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

Contact Us

For more information about the REX Pharmacy Residency Program, please email Dr. Carson Padgett.