The University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency (U.P.R.- CPRP) is a 12-month program which promotes the continued development and enhancement of the pharmacists’ direct patient care, teaching, and research skills, contributing at the same time to the evolution and progress of the pharmacy profession in Puerto Rico. U.P.R.-CPRP is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

U.P.R.-CPRP has been developed with a contribution of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation (NACDS Foundation) through its CPRP Expansion Project 2012-13 and agreements between four companies and the U.P.R. School of Pharmacy. Walgreens, Farmacias Caridad, Farmacia San José-Lares and Hospital General Castañer-Lares have made it possible to provide structured training to 4 community pharmacy residents.

U.P.R.-CPRP provides opportunities in partnership with 4 different sites: Farmacias Caridad, Bayamón, P.R., Walgreens, San Juan, P.R., and Farmacia San José/Hospital General Castañer, Lares, P.R. Candidates must select his/her preferred site. The program is academically affiliated, and financially supported, in part, by the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy. The residency provides a postgraduate training opportunity for pharmacists to enhance their skill set in the community pharmacy setting. The residency will allow the pharmacist to build on their professional skills by providing a variety of patient care services. Pharmacists in this setting will have a direct influence on patient outcomes through participation in patient counseling, immunization services, and medication therapy management with a specific emphasis on patient adherence. Residents will also work to develop collaborations with other health care providers to improve the health care of our communities. The residency program graduates will be leaders in the pharmacy community and will have an active role in advancing community pharmacy practice.

Residents are required to fulfill 6 outcomes and selected elective outcomes following a planned structure of goals, educational objectives, and instructional objectives. They will be provided a variety of opportunities in patient care, teaching, and research to encourage and contribute to their continued enhancement of their capabilities to the optimal level. Graduated Residents are expected to become leaders within the pharmacy profession and to continue expanding community pharmacy services around the island of Puerto Rico.

Purpose Statement

The University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency Program (U.P.R.-CPRP) will train motivated pharmacists who are interested in becoming health care professionals able to provide direct patient care services, such as medication therapy management (MTM), chronic diseases care and education, and immunization; participate in clinical research at the community pharmacy; and teach doctor of pharmacy candidates.

Program Outcomes

Required Educational Outcomes

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process.
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to optimize patient care.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Provide medication and practice-related information, education, and/or training.
  • Utilize medical informatics.

Elective Educational Outcomes

  • Provide public health programs for health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention to the community.
  • Conduct pharmacy practice research.
  • Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting.

Learning Experiences and Residents’ Responsibilities

Community Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy services development and enhancement.
  • Development of new patient services to contribute to your community health needs.
  • Collaboration with and contribution to the services already established at the pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy staffing (includes 16 hours of nights and weekends shifts).
  • Development or enhancement of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services.
  • Development or enhancement of Vaccination or Immunization Services.
  • Chronic disease education and monitoring services development or enhancement (diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, anticoagulation, among others).
  • Health promotion and disease prevention community services coordination.
  • Administrative activities.
  • Special population services development and enhancement.
  • Pharmacy staff drug information teaching (In-Services).
  • Pharmacy related publishing.

Academia

  • Contribution to Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Profession continued development.
  • Pharm. D. Candidates teaching, supervision, and modeling
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians ACPE Continuing Education.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Activities Development.
  • Teaching Certificate Program completion is available according to the interest of the resident.

Research

  • Research development directed to the population served.
  • Clinical services research development and performance.
  • Publishing of research results.
  • Collaboration with Pharm. D. Candidates Research Projects.

U.P.R. School of Pharmacy Faculty Support

  • U.P.R. Residency Director.
  • Research supervision and development advising by the U.P.R.
  • Drug Information and Research Center services.
  • Teaching Certificate Program Coordination.

Benefits

  • Stipend: $41,200.00 (plus benefits).
  • 26 accrued leave time: 10 personal days, 7 sick leave & 5 holidays.
  • Administrative leave: Pharmacy and Law Boards, Research Presentation.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Professional degree in Pharmacy from a college or school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Pharmacist license within 90 days of starting the residency program
  • Submission of residency application materials to Pharmacy Online Residency
  • Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) – www.ASHP.org/PhORCAS
    • Completed application
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Official college or School of Pharmacy transcripts
    • Letter of intent
  • On-site interview (upon invitation)
  • Registration with the National Matching Services (NMS) https://natmatch.com/ashpmatch.html

Certificate

An ASHP accredited residency certificate is awarded to the residents who successfully complete all residency program requirements.

For more information or specific questions about University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy
Community Pharmacy Residency Programs, please, contact:

Francisco Javier Jiménez, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE Associate Professor
Director
Community Pharmacy Residency Program University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy P.O. Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-5067
Phone: (787) 758-2525 x 5115
Mobile: (787) 382-1383
Emails: mailto: CommunityPharmacyResidency.rcm@upr.edu or mailto: francisco.jimenez3@upr.edu

 

Information and Application Form for the University of Puerto Rico’s Community Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1)