Postgraduate Residency

Is a postgraduate residency right for you?

After three years of undergraduate study and four years of pharmacy school, it's easy to understand why PharmD graduates are eager to jump straight into a professional career.  An increasing number of graduates are choosing to pursue postgraduate training because they know that residencies help pharmacists quickly develop skills and build professional networks that will advance their careers.  Fifty-six percent of 2016 UK College of Pharmacy PharmD graduates report that they chose to pursue residency training after graduation. 


Residencies help pharmacists develop advanced patient care skills.

Residents learn advanced patient care skills that allow them to practice at the top of their license.

Residencies train pharmacists to be innovators.

Graduates of residency programs are prepared to lead and innovate.  Program graduates go on to own community pharmacies, manage and direct community and health-system pharmacy services, and develop and implement clinical services.  Many residency alumni are program directors and preceptors in pharmacy residency programs across the country. 


Residency graduates progress faster and further in their careers. 

Residents develop career advancing skills and connections on an expedited timeline, thereby increasing the number of opportunities that are available to them, making them more employable in a competitive field.


Postgraduate Residency Options

Community Residency

Community residency programs - like the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency Program - are dedicated to developing community practitioners who are providers of direct patient care services and innovators in the advancement of community pharmacy practice.  

These programs typically equip residents to:

  • Direct patient care in community pharmacy settings
  • Manage advanced patient care practices
  • Utilize core management skills to effectively operate a community pharmacy
  • Effectively communicate with students, patients, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals

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Health-System Residency

Health-System residencies prepare pharmacists for clinical pharmacy careers while pursuing research opportunities, developing project management skills, and building extensive professional networks.

Hospital pharmacy residents are trained to:

  • Serve as effective members of an interdisciplinary team that may include physicians, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners.
  • Utilize software tools that aid in the delivery of healthcare services in a hospital setting.
  • Manage patient medication therapies and provide evidence-based, patient care centered guidance to the patient care team.
  • Counsel patients on what to expect from their medications.
  • Educate other healthcare practitioners on the safe and effective use of medications.

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ASHP Resources

Why Should I Do a Residency? Answers and Insights about Pharmacy Residency Training

ASHP Student Residency Guide


APhA Resources

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