Shepherd Center Pharmacy Residency Program
About the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
The Pharmacy Residency Program at Shepherd Center offers a positive environment to learn at a top-ranked, specialized neurorehabilitation hospital while facilitating opportunities to collaborate with other healthcare professionals and provide direct care to a diverse patient population.
Shepherd Center’s pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacist residency training.
As accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), our post-graduate year one (PGY1) program trains pharmacists across the continuum of care, from evaluation to medical treatment, rehabilitation, and life-long recovery.
To learn more, download our Pharmacy Residency brochure.
Get to Know Shepherd Center
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in the medical treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular disorders. Named as a top rehabilitation hospital by U.S. News, our patient outcomes, such as return-to-home and return-to-work rates, are among the best in the country.
Shepherd Center has not just been a place I’ve worked, but a second home to me. The Pharmacy is family and a place that has helped me grow.
Julie P., PharmD, MSHI
2021-2022 PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
In more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 8,000 patients each year across our inpatient, outpatient, and day programs. Recognized as Model Systems for both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury, Shepherd is part of an elite group of hospitals driven to provide extraordinary care. Some things that make us a top training facility include:
Meet Our Pharmacy Residency Preceptors
Steve Baxter, RPh
Director of Pharmacy
Carly B. Warner, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Virginia Montgomery, PharmD
Elisabeth Webb, PharmD
Dina Nakhleh, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
Lauren Wilcox, PharmD
Frequently Asked Questions
Shepherd Center Pharmacy Residency Program offers (2) PGY1 Residency program positions.
The Residency Advisory Committee evaluates candidates each year. All qualifying candidates’ application materials will be screened using a standardized rubric that takes into account scholarly activity, professional and community involvement, work /practice experience, learning experience rotations, letters of recommendation, and letters of intent.
An opportunity to interview will be offered to the top candidates. Each interviewer will submit an evaluation of the candidate using a standardized rubric.
After completion of all interviews, interview evaluations, and clinical skills assessment evaluations, the Residency Selection Committee makes a Rank Order List in the NMS Match System in our order of applicant preference.
The length of the core learning experiences is 5 weeks. The longitudinal learning experiences are over 9 months to 12 months. Please see below for the length of each learning experience/rotation.
Core Learning Experiences/Rotations
- Orientation: 4 weeks
- Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Orientation: 4 weeks
- Internal Medicine: 5 weeks (I and II - not required to be scheduled in sequential order)
- Internal Medicine II: 5 weeks (I and II - not required to be scheduled in sequential order)
- Infectious Disease: 5 weeks
- Transitions of Care: 5 weeks
- Pulmonary/Critical Care: 5 weeks
- MS/ Specialty Drugs: 5 weeks
- Cardiology: 5 Weeks
- Scholarly: 5 weeks*
*The residency program includes 5 weeks of scholarly time, divided into five increments dispersed throughout the residency year. Residents are encouraged to use the scholarly time to complete longitudinal projects, data collection, and administrative tasks.
- Research: 12 months
- Pharmacy Education and Leadership: 12 months
- Pharmacy Service: 12 months
- Drug Information: 9 months
One Elective rotation (5 weeks) is required. The resident may choose one among Advanced Internal Medicine, Advanced Infectious Disease, and Advanced Transitions of Care.
The resident will be assigned to staff every fourth weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and weekday evening shifts as needed. In addition, the resident will staff one major holiday (Typically Thanksgiving or Christmas).