Shepherd Center Pharmacist reaching for medications in the pharmacy

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.

Residency Structure

Divided into core, elective, and longitudinal learning experiences, Shepherd’s PGY1 pharmacy residency program offers the unique opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in a clinical hospital setting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Residency Experience

As vital members of Shepherd’s interdisciplinary healthcare team, pharmacy residents are part of a culture fueled by progress, inclusiveness, and human connection. Resident responsibilities range from providing direct patient care to completing a major research residency project and co-precepting pharmacy students.

Residency Application

Shepherd offers two PGY1 pharmacy residency positions for first-year residency applicants who desire to build skills in internal medicine, infectious disease, transitions of care, critical care, specialty drugs, and more.

Get to Know Shepherd Center

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital providing world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Recognized as both a Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.

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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

Why Train at Shepherd Center

In more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown into a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 8,000 patients annually across our inpatient, outpatient, and day programs. Recognized as a 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:

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident joining one of our care teams for rounds to make recommendations regarding patient medications and necessary drug monitoring.

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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.

Core learning experiences are 4 to 5 weeks. Longitudinal learning experiences are 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
  • Compounding Sterile Preparations: 5 weeks
  • Cardiology: 5 Weeks


  • Research: 12 months
  • Pharmacy Education and Leadership: 12 months
  • Pharmacy Service: 12 months

One Elective rotation (5 weeks) is required. The resident may choose one among Medical Writing, 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).

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