Safeway Pharmacy offers a one-year PGY-1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Safeway Pharmacy provides a one-year (July 1 to June 30), post-doctoral, joint ASHP-APhA accredited PGY-1 community-based pharmacy residency program. This intensive residency combines patient care and clinical services, education, teaching, and research components to provide the resident with the expert skills and competencies necessary to obtain a clinical role or academic role in the area of community pharmacy practice. Residents are employees of Safeway Pharmacy and are appointed as Clinical Instructors at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Please follow this link for an introduction video.

Download the Safeway PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Programs brochure.


To build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

This residency program prepares residents to assume a role in community pharmacy settings to participate in and grow innovative patient care programs. The residency also prepares the residents to assume leadership roles to advocate for issues related to community pharmacy, and teaching roles in practice and academia. Ultimately, residency graduates will serve to fill an important niche in the ever expanding role for community pharmacy in practice and academic settings.

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Required Learning Experiences:

Rotational (4-6 weeks)

  • Orientation
  • Pharmacy Operations

Longitudinal (6-12 months)

  • Community Pharmacy
  • Project Management
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Patient Care and Specialty Care Services
  • Leadership & Management I
  • Leadership & Management II

Program Training Sites:

The residents are each assigned a home-base community pharmacy site where approximately 40% of time is spent. The Rockville and Parkville community sites have dedicated teams of experienced preceptors to mentor the residents through the year. Leadership and management learning experiences take place at the Lanham Division office.

The residents completing this PGY-1 community-based pharmacy residency program will be located among these sites:

Safeway Pharmacy (Rockville community site)
403 Redland Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
Site Coordinator: Han Le, PharmD, AAHIVP

Safeway Pharmacy (Parkville community site)
8858 Waltham Woods Rd, Parkville, MD 21234
Site Coordinator: Jeannie Shum, PharmD

Safeway Eastern Division Office
4551 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy, Lanham, MD 20706
Site Coordinator: Krista Hein, PharmD, AAHIVP (RPD)

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Baltimore Campus)
20 N Pine St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Campus Contact: Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA

In addition to these unique experiences, the resident in community pharmacy is expected to participate in Pharmacotherapy Rounds, the teaching certificate program and PharmD teaching activities. For more information about these specific activities, please click here.

Number of available positions: 2

Qualifications: The resident must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (requirement waived if completed a pass/fail curriculum). The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and Maryland Pharmacy licensure are required.

Application Process:

Applications for this program will only be accepted through PhORCAS. All applicants must submit the following materials via PhORCAS:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • It is suggested that letters of recommendation come from an experiential preceptor, an employer/supervisor, and a faculty member. If an employer/supervisor letter of recommendation is not possible, please obtain a letter of reference from another experiential preceptor.
    • Reference writers should use the standard reference template in PhORCAS.
  • Official transcript

Program Director:

Krista Hein, PharmD, AAHIVP
Residency Program Director and Patient Care Services Manager
Safeway Eastern Division Office
4551 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone: (301) 918-6906
Fax: (623) 869-1307

University Contact:

Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, PHN 309F
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-1067
Fax: (410) 706-4725