PGY1 Community Pharmacy with a focus on the Underserved

Our program prepares residents to fill positions as clinical providers of advanced patient care services in communitybased pharmacy settings with a focus on underserved communities. The program will equip the resident to:

Community Pharmacy Resident
  • Provide culturally appropriate direct patient care services
    65% of your time is spent providing care to patients within our practice sites. You will be involved in one-one and group patient appointments for chronic disease state management, provide life-saving immunizations, help patients during transitions from hospital/nursing home to home and provide medications during patient centered dispensing activities
  • Hone skills essential to becoming an integral part of a health care provider team
    You will work with a variety of other health care providers- doctors, nurse practitioners, dieticians, nurses and medical assistants as part of a team providing  care to the underserved of our community. While in the pharmacy, you will lead both day to day operations as well as be involved in broader planning at the organizational level developing leadership and team work skills.
  • Educate patients/family members, health care providers, health professions and the community
    As part of your experience, you will be educating a variety of learners: pharmacy students in large lectures, small groups and skills lab modules as well as on APPE rotations; patients and caregivers in individual and group settings and community members in health promotion/education presentations as well as other health care professionals. At the end of the residency year, you will have completed all the requirements for a teaching certificate.
  • Develop leadership, research and health care improvement skills needed to advance community-based practice
    You will complete 3 year-long preceptor mentored projects that help advance the practice of pharmacy. From implementation and evaluation of a new clinical service to improving work- flow processes to creating a business plan to justify a new service, each project will be tailored to the needs of the practice site. Each project will be presented to a larger audience at national, state and local meetings.

ASHP/APhA Community-Based Residency Program Universal Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The University of Cincinnati Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

Our program prepares residents to fill positions as clinical providers of advanced patient care services in community-based pharmacy settings with a focus on underserved communities. The program will equip the resident to: 1. Provide culturally appropriate direct patient care services 2. Hone skills essential to becoming an integral part of a health care provider team 3. Educate patients/family members, health care providers, health professions and the community 4. Develop leadership, research and health care improvement skills needed to advance community-based practice. 

At St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, you are engaged in providing advanced disease state management services under collaborative practice agreements with area physicians. You will lead one-on-one appointments for comprehensive medication reviews and robust medication therapy management services. Weekly, you will work on an interprofessional team at a local free clinic for group and one-on-one patient education. The patients you care for are uninsured or underinsured who require a provider who is compassionate and creative in order to help them improve their health.

The resident will be a provider in:

  • Direct Patient Care: 24 hours/week dedicated to scheduled CMR appointments, assigned MTM case load, and interprofessional team participation in a local free clinic.
  • Pharmacy Management: 12 hours/week deploying volunteers and staff to run community pharmacy, as well as leading verification and counseling terminal.
  • Teaching: 4 hours/week leading a variety of Skills Lab trainings, recitations, lectures, etc. at UC. Precept 2 IPPE students and 10-15 APPE students in community pharmacy and ambulatory clinic.
  • Services: 4 hours/week leading research, business plan, and quality improvement teams to launch or improve clinical services.

Practice Partner Location

1125 Bank Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

Site Coordinator

Mike Espel RPh


Lydia Bailey PharmD, Rusty Curington PharmD, BC-ADM

Five Rivers is a community care pharmacy participating in the 340b drug pricing program providing care to the underserved of their community.  You work closely as a member of the care team alongside providers (both physicians and nurse practitioners), nurses, medical assistants and other health care professionals to provide comprehensive care.  Working under collaborative practice agreements and within the electronic medical record, you see patients for one-on-one and group appointments to manage chronic disease states such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, balancing priorities to improve overall health.

The resident will be a provider in:

  • Direct Patient Care: 24 hours/week dedicated patient care activities for both primary care clinic patients and the homeless population.  You will work within both collaborative drug therapy management and transitions of care clinic settings. Opportunities for engagement with specialty clinics, such as HIV, Gastrointestinal and Neurology are also available based on resident's interest.
  • Pharmacy Management:  8 hours/week will be spent within the 340b pharmacy including staffing and day to day management of pharmacy operations as well as participation in Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee.
  • Teaching: 4 hours/week teaching a variety of learners including: pharmacy students, patients, providers and pharmacists/technicians.
  • Services: 4 hours/week leading research, business plan, and quality improvement teams to launch or improve clinical services.

Practice Partner Location

725 Ludlow Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Site Coordinator

Anne Metzger PharmD, BPS, BCACP


Kristina Hirt PharmD, Nicholas Borchers PharmD

Application Deadline: June 11, 2021

The Caring for the Underserved Certificate allows you to focus your required coursework and clinical training on mastering the skills needed to become a patient care advocate for vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Offered by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, the certificate provides students in PharmD and advanced-practice nursing degree programs the opportunity to focus their required coursework, professional development and real-world learning experiences on acquiring the evidence-based skills needed to expertly care for underserved populations and advance health care equality.

Students gain specialized training through a combination of:

  • Team-based interprofessional coursework
  • Mentorship from faculty who work with underserved populations
  • Experiential learning with community partners who serve underserved populations

To Apply:

Application Materials:

Residency candidates must include:

  • Completed application using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Personal statement (e.g. letter of intent) specific to the site you are applying (ie St Vincent de Paul).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcript for professional pharmacy education
  • Three references (using the online ASHP standard reference form) from individuals who can attest to your practice skills and abilities.  If currently employed, one letter must come from your internship site.  Preference given to letters of recommendation from Community or Ambulatory Care APPE rotation preceptors. 

Select candidates will be invited for an on-site interview in January or February. The PGY-1 Community Based Pharmacy Practice Residency at the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in Cincinnati, OH is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. This Residency site participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program and agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

December 31st of the application cycle.

  • Competitive Annual Stipend
  • Health Insurance
    • Individual/Spouse/Dependents
    • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Contributions in Ohio Public Employee Retirement Systems (OPERS).
  • Vacation/Sick time
  • Tuition Remission
  • Financial assistance to attend professional meetings
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • One-year appointment as a Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science

Residency Handbook

More Information

Headshot of Bethanne Brown

Bethanne Brown

Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Admin Sciences

283 Kowalewski Hall


Bethanne Brown is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Pharmacy.  She received her B.S in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1989 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 2004.  Dr. Brown is a registered pharmacist in both Indiana and Ohio. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist  (BCACP) and Tobacco treatment specialist (TTS). Prior to starting her academic career in 2000, she worked in a variety of practice sites within the pharmacy profession including: community, acute patient care focusing on intensive care and operating room practice, and home infusion.  In 2000, she joined the College of Pharmacy to help in the development of a skills based, practice focused sequence of courses titled: Pharmacy Practice Skills Development.  Current teaching responsibilities include: Motivational Interviewing, PREP: Patient Relationship Enhancement Process, and Capstone Course.  Her current practice site is at the Primary Health Solutions in Hamilton, Ohio. She is part of an interprofessional team providing chronic disease state management within a federally qualified health center.   She currently serves as residency preceptor director for the University of Cincinnati PGY1 Community-Based and PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency programs. 

Her research interests include motivational Interviewing,  pharmacist integration into Primary Care and supporting resident lead clinical based research.