PGY1 - Community Based Residency (Underserved Focus)

Embark on a transformative journey with our Underserved Community-Based Pharmacy Residency program, uniquely designed to empower residents like you to become clinical providers of advanced patient care services in community-based pharmacy settings. With a specific focus on underserved communities, our program equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to make a meaningful impact. 

By enhancing education and outcomes for Pharm.D. graduates, our PGY1 pharmacy residency program prepares you to deliver medication-related care to patients with diverse conditions, opening doors to board certification eligibility and further training in PGY2 pharmacy residency. Let's join forces to make a difference that extends beyond Ohio, touching lives in communities far and wide.

Here's what our program has to offer:

  • Direct Patient Care Services: Spend the majority of your time delivering culturally appropriate patient care, including chronic disease management, immunizations, transitions of care from hospital/nursing homes, and patient-centered dispensing activities.
  • Gain unparalleled skills: Collaborate with a diverse group of healthcare providers, leading daily operations, participating in organizational planning, and developing leadership and teamwork abilities.
  • Educate various learners and the community: Teach pharmacy students in lectures, small groups, pharmacists and other health care providers, and skills lab modules, educate patients, caregivers, and community members through presentations, and fulfill requirements for a teaching certificate.
  • Develop leadership, research, and healthcare quality improvement skills: Engage in 3 year-long preceptor-mentored projects involving implementation and evaluation of a new service, workflow improvement and a institutional review board approved research project. Present at national, state and local meetings.

How to Apply 

To apply for our residency program, please ensure that you meet the following criteria and submit your application by the January 2nd deadline:

  • Graduation from an accredited college of pharmacy or expected graduation before June 30th of the application year.
  • Possession of a license or eligibility for licensure in the State of Ohio.
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. before submitting the application.
  • Completion of application requirements through PhORCAS.
  • Registration with the National Matching Service (NMS).
  • Eligibility to administer immunizations in the State of Ohio.

Supplemental Application Documents

To be considered for admission, you are required to complete the University of Cincinnati’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and submit the following documents electronically within the application: 

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Intent: Explain your motivation for pursuing this residency. Include the desired practice site you are applying to. For example, St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy.
  • Submit all college transcripts, including an official transcript for professional pharmacy education.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for applications, and we strongly recommend that applicants seek letters from individuals who can provide insights into their research experience or ability to manage projects. Please note that letters of recommendation from family members, friends, or others not engaged in your training will not be accepted. If currently employed, we require one letter from your employer or internship location. 

Please note invitations for on-site interviews in January or February will be extended to selected candidates.

Residency Benefits

As a participant in the PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program (Underserved Focus), you'll enjoy a range of valuable benefits, including:

  • Competitive Annual Stipend of $49,000/yr.
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance coverage for you, your spouse, and dependents, including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans.
  • Contributions to Ohio Public Employee Retirement Systems (OPERS) to secure your financial future.
  • Generous Vacation/Sick time to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • Tuition Remission for continued professional growth and development.
  • Financial assistance to attend professional meetings, enabling you to expand your knowledge and network within the field.
  • Access to a Teaching Certificate Program to enhance your teaching skills and contribute to the education of future pharmacists.
  • One-year appointment as a Post Doc Fellow of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science, allowing you to gain valuable experience and mentorship in the field.

For more information on these benefits, click here.

Residency Career Placement

Since completing their training, residents have pursued diverse career paths and held various positions within the pharmaceutical field. These positions include roles such as Clinical Coordinator and Pharmacy Manager at different healthcare organizations, as well as positions in academia, managed care, and specialty pharmacy. Some residents have also achieved board certification in their respective areas of specialization. Overall, the residents have embarked on fulfilling careers spanning clinical pharmacy, medication management, ambulatory care, consulting, and more, making significant contributions to the healthcare industry.

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. 

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 and 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.

For further detailed information about our Underserved Pharmacy Residency Program, including policies, procedures, and program requirements, please refer to our comprehensive Residency Handbook available below.

Site Partners

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. You will work with our on-site nurse practitioner to run 11 different point-of-care labs and create recommendations. 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 with in-house nurse practitioner.
  • 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 Locations:

  • 1125 Bank Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
  • 2309 Ferguson Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238

Site Coordinator: Lydia Bailey, PharmD, BCACP


  • Russell Curington, PharmD, BCADM

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: Edgemont Campus - 721 Miami Chapel Road, Dayton, Ohio 45417

Site Coordinator: Anne Metzger PharmD, BCPS, BCACP


  • TJ Dorow PharmD BCPS
  • Megan Rasch PharmD BCACP, AAHIVP
  • Nicolas Borchers PharmD

Since 1826, the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) has been committed to protecting and improving the health of the people of Cincinnati.  As a nationally recognized leader in public health, CHD advocates for responsive health and human services that promote healthy living environments and social well-being, as well as works to reduce health inequities such as poverty and unemployment. 

CHD has a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designation status and serves over 40,000 patients annually.  CHD operates six Primary Care Health Centers that include 340B pharmacies, one free-standing dental center, one free-standing vision and dental center and thirteen School-Based Health Centers.   

Our six pharmacies are full-service Cincinnati Health Department dispensaries. These pharmacies serve the medical needs of patients in the community. 

The resident will be a provider in:

  • Direct Patient Care: 24 hours/week in which the resident will be involved in activities related to clinical pharmacy services. Clinical services include chronic disease state management under a collaborative practice agreement covering 5 conditions working in an interprofessional environment.
  • 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 management activities at the system level.
  • Teaching: 4 hours/week teaching a variety of learners including: pharmacy students, patients, pharmacists/technicians and other health care professionals. 
  • Services: 4 hours/week leading research, business plan, and a quality improvement project to launch or improve clinical services.

Practice Partner Location: 3917 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45023

Site Coordinator: Jon Burns PharmD


  • Dave Miller RPh
  • Lori Sublett PharmD
  • Taylor Ellis PharmD
  • Micaela Bresler PharmD

Equitas Health Medical Centers strive to be the gateway to good health for those at risk of or affected by HIV, for the LGBTQ community, and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home. In addition to routine primary care, we specialize in HIV/AIDS specialty care, PrEP, trans health, women’s health, STI screenings and treatment, and management of chronic conditions. All of our Medical Centers provide psychiatric care and behavioral health therapy. Equitas Health Pharmacies, located at each Medical Center, partner with our medical providers to offer complete specialized care. As Federally Qualified Health Center “look-alikes,” we offer services on a sliding fee scale for patients who do not have adequate insurance coverage.

Equitas Health strives to provide culturally competent care and has been recognized throughout Ohio as a leader in innovation and equity.

Equitas pharmacists participate in both the community and medical side of the pharmacy practice. The resident will gain experiences by working alongside AAHIVP certified pharmacists and other medical providers in: 

  • Direct Patient Care (24 hours per week): The resident will provide one-one patient centered appointments under a collaborative practice agreement as part of an interprofessional team including: disease state management covering both primary care and specialty disease states.  
  • Pharmacy Management (16 hours per week): The resident will be responsible for all aspects of the community practice including dispensing, medication therapy management, immunizations and patient management program offered to our specialty patients.  In addition, the resident will be engaged with all aspects of the organization from administrative to case management.
  • Teaching (4 hours per week): The resident will teach a variety of learners including: pharmacy students, patients, providers and pharmacists/technicians.
  • Services (4 hours per week): The resident will take the lead on a research and quality improvement project as well as a business plan. 

Practice Partner Location: 2805 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Site Coordinators: Bethanne Brown and Joelle Ahlrichs, PharmD, AAHIVP

Site Preceptors:

  • Lauren Johnson PharmD, AAHIVP

Contact Us

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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: Pharamcy Practice Skills Lab module lead, Therpeutics of Diabetes team member, Course director for Capstone Course.  Her current practice site is at the Equitas Health. She is part of an interprofessional team providing chronic disease state management, gendar affirming and HIV care within a federally qualified look-alike health center.   She currently serves as residency preceptor director for the University of Cincinnati PGY1 Community-Based Residency programs. 

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