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Shepherd Center Pharmacy Residency Program

We are currently offering two residency training positions for the 2023-2024 training years. All application materials should be submitted via PhORCAS by January 3, 2023. Learn more about the application process.

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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. Qualified residents should submit their applications via PhORCAS by January 3, 2023


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. 

Learn More About Shepherd Center


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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 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:

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


Meet Our Pharmacy Residency Preceptors


Frequently Asked Questions

Shepherd Center is deeply committed to the training of future pharmacists from a culturally competent framework and fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. The culture at Shepherd Center is fueled by progress, inclusiveness, and human connection, uniting individuals from all walks of life. As a Shepherd fellow, you’ll be part of a supportive community dedicated to individual growth and success. Learn more about what to expect as a pharmacy resident at Shepherd.

The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) recently awarded a five-year grant to Shepherd Center to continue its nearly 40-year tenure as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) and to receive designation as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS). NIDILRR awards grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services through rehabilitation and re-entry into full community life. Shepherd Center is part of an elite group to be designated as both model systems.

Shepherd Center Pharmacy Residency Program offers (2) PGY-1 Residency program positions.

The following are required for an application to be considered:

  • PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited school/college of pharmacy
  • Eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia 
  • Ability to start residency on the established start date
  • Letter of intent
  • College transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Pharmacy Residency Applicants will be received through an online submission process with an established deadline in early January. All requested application material must be included to be considered for a live interview. Shepherd Center Pharmacy does not sponsor residents for employment-based non-immigration sponsorship.

Shepherd Centers creates the Residency Selection Committee each year. All qualifying candidates’ application materials will be screened by at least two (2) selection committee members 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. Interviews will be conducted in groups of up to two (2) 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.

Yes, the resident will receive a stipend of $48,230 as compensation for the year. The resident also receives Paid Days Off (PDO) at a rate of 7.38 hours per pay period, which is equivalent to 192 hrs (24 days) for the program and health care benefits according to the Shepherd Center employee policy as a full-time employee in the Department of Pharmacy.

The length of the core learning experiences is six 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: 6 weeks
  • Internal Medicine: 6 weeks (I and II - not required to be scheduled in sequential order) 
  • Internal Medicine II: 6 weeks (I and II - not required to be scheduled in sequential order)
  • Infectious Disease: 6 weeks
  • Transitions of Care: 6 weeks
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care: 6 weeks
  • MS/ Specialty Drugs: 6 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, high-risk sterile compounding training, and administrative tasks.

Longitudinal

  • Research: 12 months
  • Pharmacy Education: 12 months
  • Pharmacy Service: 12 months
  • Drug Information/Administration: 9 months

One Elective rotation (6 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 one weekday evening shift (4 hours) as needed, but no more than two shifts a month. In addition, the resident will staff one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day).

Some previous research projects have included:

  • “Effect of transdermal buprenorphine use on the total daily morphine milligram equivalents of discharge opioid prescriptions among inpatient rehabilitation patients with spinal cord injury”
  • “Comparison of recurrence rates for urinary tract infections in inpatient rehabilitation patients treated for 7 days versus 10 days”

Current research projects include:

  • "Days of Intravenous Vancomycin Therapy in Patients with Pneumonia after Negative MRSA Nasal Screens"
  • "Evaluation of Vitamin D Goal Level Achievement in Brain Injury Patients at an Inpatient Rehabilitation Center"

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