PGY1 in the Ambulatory Care Setting

Birthplace of The Asheville Project, our community has a long tradition of innovative pharmacy practice. MAHEC offers residency training opportunities to continue this tradition. Our programs develop pharmacists who are compassionate, competent, professional clinicians who are able to enhance or develop new ambulatory care services and who share their skills with others by serving as effective teachers and leaders. 

The PGY1 program's purpose is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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. 

Our training site is a large family medicine residency practice dedicated to quality healthcare, innovative education, and best practice models that can be replicated nationally. MAHEC Family Medicine is the highest level Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and part of Mission Health Partners, an accountable care organization (ACO). Our interdisciplinary teams consists of physicians, advanced practice professionals, pharmacists, dentists, behavioral health faculty, nurses, and public health professionals. 

Highlights of our learning experiences include:

  • Longitudinal chronic disease state and comprehensive medication management in innovative collaborative models of care.
  • A focus on rural and underserved populations both locally and internationally. Residents will gain experience in medication assistance, volunteer in a free clinic, and participate in a medical mission trip to Honduras through Shoulder-to-Shoulder.  
  • An emphasis in diabetes that includes clinical and population management, educational opportunities with community organizations, and service at a diabetes camp for children.
  • Unique clinical opportunities in geriatrics, women’s health, transitions in care, Hepatitis C, substance use disorder, and pain.
  • Teaching and mentoring pharmacy students in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville Campus.