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Chapter Midterm Reports Due December 31st
Don’t forget to send in your midterm reports for your chapter by December 31st! This is a great way for us to see all the wonderful things you are doing in your chapter! Forms can be found on the NCPA Website.

Interested in NCPA’s Executive Residency Program? Come visit us at ASHP Midyear!

Tuesday, December 10 1:00-4:00 PM

Booth #6809 (exhibiting with the other national association residency programs)

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Executive Residency Program prepares a highly motivated and self-driven pharmacy graduate for a career in association management or future pharmacy ownership. This non-traditional opportunity affords the resident a diverse experience working with multiple departments within NCPA. For more information and a downloadable application, visit

NCPA Elective Experiential Rotation
Interested in learning about a different side of pharmacy? Want to spend a month in a cool city? Enjoy meeting and networking with other professionals? Then the NCPA Experiential Rotation is for you! While on rotation, you will be involved in communications, government affairs, membership, the management institute, and many other areas of NCPA. You will also have the opportunity to network with some of the most successful people in our profession! To learn more, visit or contact Whitney Cowart at Applications are due by December 31st.

Interested in Owning a Pharmacy? Save the Date!

Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center
NCPA Pharmacy Ownership Bootcamp
January 25, 2014
9am - 5pm
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Overview of the Program: This is a one-day program adapted from the NCPA Pharmacy Ownership Workshop. This program targets pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and new practitioners that are considering pharmacy ownership. This program provides an introductory educational foundation on business plan development, determining and securing the necessary funds for the business, and managing personal finances in preparation of owning a small business.

Registration will be available at:

Top 10 things to consider when looking at a PGY1 pharmacy residency
Written by: Lucas Smith, PharmD Candidate 2014, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy

  1. Residency type
    There are three different kinds of PGY1 programs recognized by ASHP. These are Pharmacy Practice (hospital based), Community Pharmacy, and Managed Care Pharmacy (health plans, PBMs, etc). The Pharmacy Practice residency usually covers a wide array of topics in hospital pharmacy and makes the resident eligible for Board Certification in a Pharmacotherapy Specialty. The Community Pharmacy residency usually covers many issues at hand with patients coming to community pharmacies and focuses on direct patient care, leadership, practice management, communication skills, health and wellness promotion, technology, and teaching skills. Community residencies can vary based on whether the practice site is at a chain store or independent pharmacy. The Managed Care Pharmacy residency trains pharmacists to deliver pharmaceutical care utilizing three practice models: 1) individual patient care in which the pharmacist communicates findings and recommendations to patients and providers providing direct care to the patient; 2) care provided to targeted groups of patients in which the pharmacist designs, conducts, monitors, and evaluates the outcomes of organized and structured programs; and 3) population care management in which the pharmacist develops and implements medication use policy. The Executive Residency in Association Management, available at many national pharmacy organizations, prepares the resident for a career in association work by improving leadership skills and introducing them to areas of association work such as communication, government affairs, student affairs, meetings and conventions, collaboration with other health care and federal organizations, and strategic planning. Several other organizations such as PBMs and universities offer fellowships or residencies of varying experiences but will not be discussed here.
  2. Practice site
    Some residency programs are conducted at more than one practice site. These are deemed multi-site residencies and include programs in which the resident spends > 25% of the time away from their main practice site at another site or programs in which there are multiple residents in a program that are based at separate sites. Compared to single site residencies these programs might be able to provide experiences with different patient populations, different areas of pharmacy practice (e.g. state association management), mentoring from multiple preceptors, or collaboration with other residents having similar experiences as new practitioners.
  3. Geographic Location
    While not important to some, the geographic location of a residency program must be taken into consideration. As a resident you will be living in that location for at least one year. Ask yourself if you are ok with being in area that might be more rural/urban than you are used to or farther away from family.
  4. Accreditation
    This can be important depending on what you are looking for in your residency. ASHP is the accrediting body for residencies and in some cases partners with other organizations (AMCP, ACCP, and APhA) to help in the process. Accreditation can offer several things for a program and their residents: 1) the accreditation process takes at least 3 years to complete, meaning accredited programs are established and have shown they can effectively train their residents; 2) accredited programs are surveyed periodically to ensure that the site is compliant with current standards; and 3) some future employers will feel more confident hiring pharmacists who have completed an ASHP-accredited program.
  5. Education opportunities
    With varying experiences at each program, some have a focus on training future educators and have more teaching requirements expected to be fulfilled by the resident. Often these programs provide the opportunity to receive a teaching certificate during the residency. Depending on your preference some programs might not be the right fit for you.
  6. Research opportunities
    Most programs require a research project to be completed and presented during the residency. Ask the current resident what their projects entailed, the amount autonomy given to the resident to select and complete the project, and the hours allocated to project work. Most programs also post past resident’s research project abstracts on their websites. By looking at these you can have a better perspective of possible opportunities you might have at the program.
  7. Business management opportunities
    Since you are a member of NCPA you might be interested in learning more of the business and management side of a pharmacy. Ask the site preceptor or resident how much exposure you will have to assessing and developing business models. Also if you are interested in ownership inquire about opportunities to learn more of the financial, inventory control, and other ownership aspects of the program sites.
  8. Staffing hours
    All residents are required to staff a certain amount of hours during their residency. Some programs might require more than others. Ask about those requirements including weekends, nights, and "on call".
  9. Application and state licensure requirements
    The PhorCAS residency application tool has helped to standardize the application process for residencies. However, some programs might require additional information to the PhorCAS application. Always refer to the residency programs website when determining what application material you need to provide. If you are looking at residency programs outside the state in which you are attending pharmacy school the requirements for licensure may differ. Some states require documented working intern hours outside of the pharmacy program. Make sure to check the pharmacist licensure requirements for the states the residency programs are in.
  10. Work environment
    When interviewing of visiting a program, observe the overall atmosphere of the site. Are the staff members professional and supportive in their interactions with each other? Does the site seem to have a strong team based approach to patient care? Are they willing to help each other when unusual tasks arise? A work environment you feel comfortable in is vital for gaining the full potential out of your residency.

November 25, 2013

Dates & Deadlines

December 31, 2013
Chapter Midterm Report Deadline

January 15, 2014
NCPA 2014-2015 Executive Residency Application Deadline

NCPA 2014 Summer Internship Application Deadline

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