Although not required for entry into pharmacy practice, a one-year residency affords the Pharm.D. graduate an opportunity to develop expertise in clinical pharmacy practice and specialty areas. Residency positions are currently available in community pharmacy. Some of the objectives of Mercer residency programs are:
- To provide challenging post-graduate opportunities for highly motivated Pharm.D. graduates to specialize in the delivery of pharmaceutical care services, to improve their teaching abilities and to develop research skills.
- To serve as a catalyst for change to more patient-oriented services in health systems, nursing homes and the community pharmacy environment.
- To integrate clinical skills with proficiency in state of the art medical information technology systems, and well developed written and verbal communication skills to produce drug information/medical communication specialists uniquely qualified to practice in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
- To assist the College and the Pharmacy Practice faculty in:
- Meeting ACPE accreditation guidelines for experiential and didactic teaching
- Providing backup support for ongoing patient services offered by Mercer faculty
- Generating quality publishable practice-oriented research
To provide a structured and advanced education and training experience for pharmacists whose ability, motivation and career aspirations suggest potential for creative and innovative leadership in community pharmacy practice. The resident will achieve professional competence in the following outcomes in order to become a community pharmacist or future community pharmacy educator with the ability to integrate various roles while continuing to move the profession of pharmacy forward:
- Develop, manage and implement evidence-based, patient-centered care
- Collaborate with and educate/train other professionals of the healthcare team to optimize patient care
- Enhance skills to accelerate growth in pharmacy operational services
- Manage and improve the medication-use process
- Exercise leadership, practice management and project management skills
- Utilize medical informatics to understand/provide medication and practice-related information
Joshua D. Kinsey, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Pharmacy
Director of the Community Pharmacy Residency Program
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta GA 30341