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 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.
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 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:
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
- 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).