Pharmacy Residency Information

Number of Positions: 2-3

Duration/Type: 12 Month Residency

Starting Date: June 17, 2019

Stipend: $42,000*

Interview Required: Yes

Accreditation Status: ASHP Accredited

Application Deadline: January 1, 2019

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  • Health insurance
  • Sick leave
  • Paid time off
  • Cafeteria discounts
  • Professional travel reimbursement
  • 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 more than 150 physicians with more than 2,300 associates and 438 beds among three hospital locations. Unity Health also holds the state’s second largest Graduate Medical Education program. 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. Our program is structured to develop a clinical pharmacist equipped to provide high quality patient care in the small to mid-sized community hospital setting.

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 11 monthly rotations, including 5 required and 6 elective rotations, as well as 4 required longitudinal rotations.

Required Monthly Learning Experiences:

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

Elective Monthly Learning Experiences:

  • Academic Administration
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Ambulatory Care-Oncology
  • Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Informatics
  • Rehabilitation Pharmacy

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

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Medication Use/Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing every third weekend plus one major and one minor holiday)
  • Research Project Management

Elective Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • UAMS Teaching Certificate Program
  • UAMS Postgraduate Research Certificate Program


Additional Program Requirements:

  • Completion of the 12 month commitment to the institution.
  • Satisfactory completion of all rotations, evidenced by achieving for residency our program’s 17 of 33 “core few” objectives from ASHP Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for PGY1 Pharmacy Residencies.
  • Satisfactory completion of the resident’s research project, presentation of results at the MidSouth Regional Pharmacy Residents Conference, and completion of a project manuscript.
  • Completion of at least one medication-use evaluation.
  • Completion of at least one of the following: (1) completion and presentation of a P&T drug monograph; or (2) creation or modification of a treatment guideline or protocol with presentation for approval at appropriate hospital committee.

Additional Program Opportunities:

  • Precepting pharmacy students from UAMS and Harding University Colleges of Pharmacy.
  • Multidisciplinary interaction with Unity Health Internal, Family and Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry Physician Residents.
  • Attendance at national and local professional association meetings.

Eligibility of Applicants:

  • Graduate or candidate for graduation of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy or BS Pharmacy degree program.
  • Arkansas licensure prior to, or within 90 days of the start of the program.
  • Failure to become licensed within 90 days 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) 380-1117

Fax: (501) 380-1381


Director of Pharmacy:

Cynthia Warren, DPh

Office: (501) 380-1389

Fax: (501) 380-1381

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

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