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PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Program Overview

This accredited PGY1 Program in the Ambulatory Care setting is located in the Concord, NC (Cabarrus) region with 3 positions.  

Atrium Health Cabarrus is a not-for-profit, progressive 457-bed hospital located just 20 miles from Charlotte in Concord, NC. Providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient we serve, Atrium Health Cabarrus holds disease-specific certifications for diabetes, stroke, heart failure, childbirth, epilepsy, hip replacement, knee replacement and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our highly skilled medical team, innovative technology and commitment to personalized care makes Atrium Health Cabarrus a leading destination for future healthcare professionals. More than 4,200 hospital employees provide services through an extensive inpatient and outpatient network, including Jeff Gordon Children's Center, Hayes Family Center and Batte Cancer Center, part of Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute.

With its updated facilities, sophisticated technology, and advanced basic science and clinical research, Atrium Health is an exciting place for future healthcare professionals. This degree of technology does not replace compassion, as we emphasize human values and a spirit of caring for all who need care, regardless of status or financial ability.

Ambulatory Care services and residency education opportunities are offered at multiple clinical sites. These practices and/or physicians hold National Committee for Quality Assurance(NCQA) recognition for Patient-Centered Medical Home and Diabetes and offer advanced services to patients within the medical home. Ambulatory Care services within Atrium Health consist of multiple models, such as embedded pharmacists, a pharmacist-run anticoagulation clinic, a team transitions of care clinic, and population health care teams. These pharmacists are deployed across the whole Metro region, and services are expanding to more rural areas and hospitals. Many of the pharmacists within the ambulatory care pharmacy department are Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners (CPPs) working at the top of their licenses as allowed in the state of North Carolina. Collaborative practice agreements are utilized in the ambulatory care setting between pharmacists and referring providers. Pharmacists at Atrium Health successfully bill for their unique comprehensive medication management services.

Program Structure

This 12-month American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency offers experience in a variety of inter-disciplinary practice settings. Required clinical learning experiences are completed in one-month blocks with the majority completed at outpatient clinics. Developing skills to provide safe medication use through patient-focused, evidence-based medication management is the foundation and focus of our training. A fundamental feature of the residency is commitment to regular and extensive interaction between the resident and preceptors.

Residents may select elective rotations based on their interests and specific career goals. Each resident will meet quarterly with the residency program director to discuss the resident’s individual goals and may tailor their schedule to meet such goals as well as maximize the resident’s opportunities for learning experiences. The resident’s training is intensive and rigorous, providing many opportunities for growth of clinical skills, knowledge base and job management skills.

In addition to developing clinical skills, residents gain experience in clinical research through a longitudinal residency project and will have the opportunity to submit the project results for publication. Involvement in P&T committee and completion of medication use evaluations and drug monographs allow for direct physician interaction and exposure to the medication use process on a system-wide level. A service commitment is also required. Upon completion of the program, trainees are awarded an ASHP accredited residency certificate. 


Residents receive full employee benefits including health, dental, and vision coverage. Twelve days are available for vacation or sick time off. A travel allowance will be provided to attend the ASHP Midyear Meeting, Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPs), and/or other selected meetings. Residents are provided with dedicated office space, a laptop computer, and free parking. In addition, residents receive remote access to the hospital network, comprehensive drug information resources, and various retailer discounts in the area as an Atrium Health employee. Additionally, the Department of Pharmacy has an active continuing education program, with opportunities offered on a routine basis.

Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Atrium Health provides residents with the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners with advanced skills in the ambulatory care setting.

Atrium Heath Cabarrus values diversity, equity and inclusion, knowing that we are better together as we advocate for the health and well-being for everyone in our community.

This PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a 12-month postgraduate training experience with emphasis on pharmaceutical care in the outpatient setting.

Estimated start date: Mid-June
Estimated stipend: $52,760

Ambulatory Care (three positions available)
National Matching Service Program Code

  • 209013 for the 3 positions in the Concord region
Required Monthly Learning Experiences Longitudinal Learning Experiences Elective Monthly Learning Experiences
  • Orientation
  • Ambulatory Care Core
  • Anticoagulation Core
  • Precepting and Advanced Ambulatory Care
  • Outpatient Core
  • Internal Medicine
  • Administration
  • Population Health
  • Heart Failure
  • Staffing
  • Project
  • Medication Safety
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Interdisciplinary Home Visits (optional)
  • Professional Practice
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Oncology
  • Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Pharmacy
  • Diabetes Camp (1 week in June)
  • HIV / Hepatitis C
  • Infectious Disease
  • Managed Care Pharmacy
  • Oncology Infusion
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Transitions of Care
  • Women's Health