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Community Pharmacy Residency

The Community Pharmacy Residency Program  (CPRP) was established in 1986 by the American Pharmacists Association

(APhA) with the purpose to develop innovative pharmacists who

will meet the challenges presented by a changing healthcare system. APhA conducts and annual exit survey and from those results it was revealed that:


  • pharmacy school graduates pursue a community residency primarily because they have a preference for direct patient care


  • had prior community pharmacy practice experience 


  • had desire to develop innovative pharmacy services 


  • desired involvement with the many changes community pharmacy is currently undergoing. 


For details about a Community Pharmacy Residency, check out their link:



Example Community Pharmacy Resident

Responsibilities and activities

  • Medication therapy management 

  • Immuniaztions 

  • screenings

  • disease management 

  • patient group teaching

  • drug information

  • collaboration with other healthcare providers

  • business plan composition

  • new service development and implementation

  • service marketing

  • technology use

  • student pharmacist education

  • advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) teaching

  • pharmacy laboratory instruction

  • pharmacist continuing education

  • healthcare professional education

  • practice-based project development and implementation

  • poster or oral presentation

  • additional patient care

  • further teaching

  • managed care

  • association work. 

Comparison table

Source: Crouch, M. A. (2013). Securing and excelling in a pharmacy residency. Burlington: Jones and Barlett Learning. 

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