Additional Components of the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency program are as follows:
Each community pharmacy resident is paired with a scientific advisor to provide one-on-one guidance from start to finish of their residency project. Advisors come from the Division of Health Services Research (HSR) within the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS). They provide guidance and expertise regarding project ideas, feasibility, design, and research methodology. They assist residents as they apply for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, prepare abstracts, analyze project data, and complete poster presentations and manuscripts.
Pharmacy Educator Preparation Program for Residents
Residents also gain specialized training that would allow them to be pharmacy faculty members, through the Pharmacy Educator Preparation Program for Residents (PEPPR). The program is so distinctive that some non-UI residency programs contract with the college to receive PEPPR training for their own residents.
Each resident is considered an adjunct faculty member of the UI College of Pharmacy. This appointment allows residents to develop teaching and presentation skills.
A PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident may find themselves precepting pharmacy students during their introductory and advanced learning experiences, lecturing, or leading discussions. Residents may also teach in the Clinical Professional Skills course or the Pharmacy Practice Laboratory series. They have the opportunity to present to colleagues in medicine, pharmacy, or nursing, or through professional organizations.
Residents receive more than just lifelong tools and skills. They also learn how to document their teaching experiences. They construct a Teaching Philosophy Statement for use in a future teaching portfolio. Finally, residents who finish the PEPPR receive a certificate of completion.
Resident Writing Program
Community Pharmacy Residents work with their peers to refine their writing, whether it be for research projects or professional communication in general.
Through the Resident Writing Program, residents support each other as they refine project ideas, prepare and submit abstracts, create a poster, and develop a final project manuscript.
Residents meet fellow writing group members virtually every 1-2 weeks, via phone or conferencing. They do not need to leave their practice sites for the meetings.