Pharmacy Residency Information

Number of Positions: 2-3

Duration/Type: 12 Month Residency

Starting Date: June 18, 2018

Stipend: $42,000**

Interview Required: Yes

Accreditation Status: Accredited

Application Deadline: January 5, 2018


  • Health insurance
  • Sick leave
  • Paid time off
  • Cafeteria discounts
  • Professional travel reimbursement (including ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting)
  • Designated office (including personal desk and laptop)
  • Free access to print and online drug information resources (PubMed, Lexicomp, UpToDate, etc.)
  • One white lab coat

Our Facility: As one of the leading healthcare providers in an eight-county area, Unity Health is a nonprofit organization with a medical staff of over 150 physicians with more than 2,000 associates and 438  beds at the Searcy location and a graduate medical education program in osteopathic medicine. Unity Health is leading Arkansas in ensuring healthcare for future generations.

Program Purpose: Unity Health's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

The Program is designed to produce residents who are competent in the following areas:

  • Patient care
  • Advancing practice and improving patient care
  • Leadership and management
  • Teaching, education and dissemination of knowledge

Our program works with each resident to design a customized development plan based on their knowledge, skills and areas of interest. Upon successful completion of the program, the individual resident will be well-prepared to pursue their unique career goals. Residents must complete 12 one-month rotations, including five required and seven elective rotations, as well as three required longitudinal rotations.


  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Internal Medicine/Family Medicine


  • Oncology
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Academic Administration
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Informatics
  • Emergency Department/Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Both required and elective rotations may be repeated not to exceed time limits set forth in the 2014 ASHP Accreditation Standard 3.3.a (5,6).

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Medication Use/Medication Safety
  • Research Project Management
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing one weekend per month)

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Design and complete a research project with presentation of project results at the Mid-South Regional Pharmacy Residents Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Participate in at least one medication-use evaluation
  • Complete one of the following: (1) Presentation of a Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee drug monograph; or (2) Creation of modification of a treatment guideline or protocol with presentation for approval at appropriate hospital committee
  • Be active in the involvement and presentation for P&T and Medication Error Team meetings

Additional Program Opportunities:

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy Postgraduate Research Certificate Program
  • Precepting pharmacy students from UAMS and Harding University
  • Multidisciplinary interaction with Unity Health Physician Residents
  • Attendance at the ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting
  • Poster presentation of research project design and/or results at the ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting
  • Active participation in recruitment for future residents at the regional and national showcases

Eligibility of Applicants:

  • Graduate or candidate for graduation of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy or BS Pharmacy degree program.
  • Failure to become licensed within 90 days of the start of the residency will result in dismissal from the program
  • Participated in and adhered to the rules of the National Matching Service process
  • Successful completion of required, pre-employment Human Resources processes

Applications will be accepted through online submission using PhORCAS, ASHP's centralized application site. Our program participates in the National Matching Service* (ID #207913). Candidates whose completed applications are received by the deadline listed in PhORCAS will be evaluated based on the following criteria: strength of curriculum vitae, letters of recommendations, transcripts and on-site interview.


Residency Program Director:

Liz Underwood, Pharm.D., BCPS

Office: (501) 380-1380

Fax: (501) 380-1381


Director of Pharmacy:

Cynthia Warren, DPh

Office: (501) 380-1389

Fax: (501) 380-1381

* This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

** Subject to change without notice to match inflation and federal regulation.