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What is a community pharmacy residency program (CPRP)?

  • An advanced training opportunity (after graduation) to work with cutting-edge pharmacists in the community pharmacy setting
  • An opportunity for direct patient contact and to learn how to develop patient care services and hone patient care skills
  • A program to prepare you to become a practice change agent - a leader and innovator in community pharmacy practice

Who is eligible for a CPRP?

  • Graduating Pharm.D. candidates or practicing pharmacists looking to practice an advanced level of community pharmacy

What are some benefits of participating in a CPRP?

  • Practice an advanced level of patient care
  • Enhance clinical skills
  • Develop and implement patient care services
  • Teach and conduct research
  • Facilitate community outreach programs
  • Build on leadership skills
  • Develop management and marketing skills
  • Work with innovative practitioners
  • Enhance professional network and career opportunities
  • Earn a stipend with benefits  

How long is the residency?

  • 12 months and usually begins in July

Where are CPRPs located?

  • Independent, supermarket, chain, and clinic pharmacies with dedicated space for the delivery of advanced patient care services
  • Residency sites are in just about every state; you pick!

When do you apply for a residency?

  • Varies, applications are usually due in January of the year the residency starts
  • Gather information and make contacts early (even if you are thinking about it in 1 or 2 years)

Are CPRPs accredited like other residency programs?

  • CPRPs are accredited through a joint partnership between APhA and ASHP as a Post Graduate Year One (PGY 1) Community Pharmacy Residency Program
  • Applicants to accredited programs are required to participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program

Why is it important for you to make the most of the Student Information Showcase at APhA Annual Meeting?

  • Learn about available CPRPs and meet community practitioners
  • Learn more about all the options available to you after graduation

Community Pharmacy Residency Programs
Sample Questions

  1. What are the requirements that residents must complete during their residency year? 
  2. What are some unique features of your program as compared to other community pharmacy residency programs?
  3. Is your program APhA-ASHP accredited? 
  4. Is your program affiliated with a school of pharmacy?  Are there opportunities for teaching?
  5. How many pharmacy sites does your residency program have? What type of patients does your pharmacy site(s) serve?  What types of patient care services does each site have?
  6. What have some of your residents done after completion of their residency?
  7. Tell me about the town/city/state where your program is offered (cost of living, available public transportation, driving conditions, etc.)
  8. Will I get a chance to participate in elective rotations during my residency?
  9. What type of research opportunities have your residents had?    
  10. Does your program offer travel expenses for professional meetings?
  11. What is a typical week like for one of your residents?
  12. What are the components of your application?
  13. When do you typically start interviewing for residency candidates?
  14. How many residents do you accept each year?
  15. Will I have other residents to work with throughout the year? 
  16. What are the staffing requirements for your residency program?
  17. Will I be allowed to moonlight at night and on the weekends?
  18. What are the benefits provided by the program?

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