PGY-1 Residency Program

PGY-1 Community Residency Program

The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy is a twelve-month post-PharmD training program designed to enrich a pharmacist’s skills and knowledge in community pharmacy. This program follows the guidelines of ASHP accreditation and places an emphasis on the practice of innovative pharmaceutical care to diverse populations within rural Appalachia.  Through various practice experiences the resident fosters skills in leadership, communication, and comprehensive patient care.

The purpose of the ACP community residency is to develop competent, confident, and compassionate clinical providers of advanced patient-care services in the community setting. The program will prepare the resident to:

  • Provide patient-centered care in diverse populations of rural Appalachia
  • Develop and implement innovative and economically feasible clinical pharmacy, disease state management and wellness services
  • Collaborate with healthcare providers
  • Educate student pharmacists, patients and health providers
  • Conduct research and scholarly activities
  • Manage a successful community pharmacy
  • Provider leadership to advance the profession

The resident will hold a college faculty appointment while working a majority of the time at an independent community pharmacy.

PGY-1 Residency Program Information

NMS Code: 143615
Duration: 12 months
Positions: Two (2) PGY1 Residents

Application Deadline: January 15th via PhORCAS
Starting Date: July 3rd

Program Structure:

The resident will spend the majority of their time interacting with patients at a community pharmacy located in Southwest Virginia. At the pharmacy, the resident will be responsible for advancing patient care services within the region. This includes creating collaborative practice agreements, implementing advanced MTM services, providing immunizations, performing wellness screenings, public education and outreach, and designing innovative patient care programs. The resident will spend on average one day per week in an ambulatory care clinic which will provide an opportunity to further advance their patient care skills. The resident will also spend the year working on a research project as well as completing a teaching certificate program. There will be numerous opportunities to teach didactic lectures, facilitate small group discussions and precept student pharmacists.

Salary, Leave & Benefits:

  • College supplied laptop computer
  • Competitive stipend
  • Full benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Professional development funds

Candidate Requirements:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) from an ACPE-accredited college
  • Eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia
  • Registration and participation in ASHP’s National Matching Program


Application is submitted via PhORCAS and includes the following:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official college transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation


Additionally, ACP employment application is required once accepted to the program.

Contact Information:

Michael Justice, PharmD
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Appalachian College of Pharmacy
1060 Dragon Road
Oakwood, VA  24631

Resident Placement Information

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency program follows longitudinal learning experiences which allow the resident to develop patient relationships throughout the year. Each resident is assigned to an independent community pharmacy where they spend the year learning business operations, participate in community outreach, develop lasting relationships with patients and complete a residency research project. Each resident is also assigned to an ambulatory care practice site where they spend one day per week working one on one with patients who have complex disease states.

TigeRx Pharmacy

  • Location: Honaker, Virginia
  • Site Coordinator: Benjamin Price, PharmD
  • Your “Price’s Rite Pharmacy” is dedicated to the people of their community. TigeRx offers free screenings any time for blood pressure, glucose, and lipids. The pharmacy staff are dedicated to giving back and spend a lot of time educating the community and participating in service events.


Cavalier Pharmacy

  • Location: Wise, Virginia
  • Site Coordinator: Rick Mullins, RPh
  • “Your Hometown Pharmacy” fills approximately 2,000 prescriptions per week. Services include compounding, drive thru, Parata robotics, immunizations, diabetic shoe fittings and much more. The resident will have opportunities to participate in outreach events in elementary, middle, high school and to the UVA Wise college campus.

Health Wagon

  • Location: Wise, Virginia
  • Ambulatory Care Practice
  • Preceptor: Crystal Phillips, PharmD
  • The Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. 70% of our patients have an income of less than $20,000 annually. Disease states managed include COPD, Asthma, Lipid Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Testosterone Deficiency