The University of Maryland offers a one-year PGY-1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program.

This ASHP-accredited residency program, in partnership with APhA, prepares residents to assume a role in community pharmacy settings to participate in and grow innovative patient care programs. The program also prepares the resident to assume leadership roles to advocate for issues related to community-based 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-based pharmacy in practice and academic settings.

Residents completing the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy PGY-1 Community-based  Pharmacy Residency Program are able to:

  • Serve in clinical and academic, or other significant roles in community-based pharmacy.
  • Foster the development and growth of innovative health programs in community-based pharmacy settings.
  • Promote professional, public and political awareness of the important role pharmacists play in providing health care services in community-based pharmacy settings.
  • Practice in a progressive, educationally-oriented community-based pharmacy practice setting in which to develop patient care, administrative, teaching, and research skills applicable to community-based pharmacy practice and academic settings.
  • Conduct research related to community-based pharmacy services that determines its impact on patient care and/or measures economic consequences.

Learning Experiences:

Required Rotations/Activities:

  • Site orientation (one month)
  • Pharmacy service learning (longitudinal)
    • Includes staffing up to eight hours per week
  • Provider and patient education (longitudinal)
  • Site patient care (longitudinal)
  • Drug information (longitudinal)
  • Research (longitudinal)
  • Teaching certificate program (concentrated, 6 months)
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations:

Each resident will have the opportunity to with the residency program director to customize his or her residency.

Program Training Sites:

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

  • Sharpsburg Pharmacy and Whitesell's Pharmacy (Shady Grove Campus)
    NMS Match Code Number: 144723 PGY1 - COMMUNITY - UMDSBWSPHM

    Sharpsburg Pharmacy
    17316 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
    Site Coordinator: Brian Hose, PharmD

    Whitesell's Pharmacy
    236 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
    Site Coordinator: Dave Fulton, RPh

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

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Shady Grove Campus)
9640 Gudelsky Drive, Building 1, Rockville, MD 20850
Campus contact: Heather Congdon, PharmD

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

Number of available positions: 1

Application Process:

The application deadline is January 1.

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

Candidates should submit applications to the sites they are interested in applying to. Each site has a separate PhORCAS listing.

Residents who match to this program will be required to come to Baltimore in advance of the July 1st start date for campus orientation; these orientation dates are not known until mid-Spring. These sessions are typically offered on select Mondays in May and June.

International students and permanent residents should contact before applying.

Program Director:

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