Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded pharmacists to practice in the ambulatory care setting while allowing residents to explore their individual interests. Experiences are designed with a special emphasis on underserved populations and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals.

In order to develop long-term relationships with patients and members of the healthcare team, the majority of the curriculum is delivered in a longitudinal fashion. In addition to the core longitudinal experiences, the curriculum consists of longitudinal elective opportunities and required focus blocks.

Core Longitudinal Experiences:

Pharmacotherapy Clinic at MAHEC Family Medicine (Biltmore Campus)

  • Residents will work in collaboration with a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) to provide care in a busy, fully established pharmacotherapy clinic. CPPs have prescriptive authority to manage a wide variety of chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, tobacco use disorder, congestive heart failure, COPD/asthma, depression/anxiety, osteoporosis and anticoagulation. The clinic also offers comprehensive medication management in conjunction with Medicare Annual Wellness Visits. Additional opportunities in the management of Hepatitis C, pain, substance abuse, and obesity are available depending on the interest of the resident.

Pharmacotherapy Clinic at MAHEC Family Medicine (Satellite Locations)

  • Clinical services provided at our satellite locations are similar to those at our main Biltmore Campus. The intent of this experience is to expose residents to smaller, more rural practices that utilize innovative practice models to improve patient care and sustain clinical pharmacy services.

Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Clinic

  • Residents will provide clinical pharmacy services using a CPP model in a Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC) with a focus on geriatric syndromes.

Medication Assistance

  • This experience will equip residents with the skills necessary to manage the complexities of medication access for uninsured and underinsured patients. Residents will also explore the impact of social determinants of health on health outcomes.


  • In addition to the clinical management of diabetes in pharmacotherapy clinic, residents will have focused time dedicated to diabetes care. This will include:
  • Creating and implementing initiatives to help achieve diabetes quality measures as part of PCMH and ACO requirements
  • Providing diabetes education to the community through partnering with local agencies
  • Participation in diabetes-focused didactics in partnership with Mission Health


  • Residents will have teaching assistant and didactic opportunities with the UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville Campus throughout the year.

Teaching Time

  • Residents will participate in a Teaching and Learning Curriculum. As part of this curriculum, they will be taught effective teaching skills, lead topic discussions with pharmacy learners, and give formal presentations to interprofessional audiences.

Core Focus Blocks

Inpatient Family Medicine

  • This block will include rounding with an inpatient family practice service and facilitating continuity of care with the outpatient setting

Global Health

  • In this block residents will participate in a two week medical mission trip with Shoulder-to-Shoulder

Diabetes Camp

  • Residents will serve as a camp counselor at a diabetes camp for children

Elective Opportunities

Electives are built into the schedule longitudinally to allow residents to explore an area of interest or strengthen skills gained in the core curriculum. Electives are planned individually with the residency program director. Possible electives include (but are not limited to):

  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Opioid Stewardship
  • Women’s Health
  • Geriatrics
  • Transitions of Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Nutrition
  • Population Health Management*

*Subject to availability


MAHEC PGY1 Yearly Schedule-at-a-Glance


MAHEC PGY1 Weekly Schedule-at-a-Glance