Texas Southern University

Community Pharmacy Residency

Program Description
The Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (TSU COPHS), Pharmacy Practice Department is offering a one-year residency in community pharmacy practice. This residency program will begin in July 1, 2013, offering extensive experience in community pharmacy practice settings. The goal of the Community Pharmacy Residency is to systematically train pharmacists to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in the areas of patient-centered health care as well as pharmacy operational services in the community setting. In collaboration with community pharmacies, the Community Pharmacy Residency will provide a structured, postgraduate training experience that focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care, medication therapy management, disease state management and community outreach to a diverse patient population.

 Residency Program Experiences
• Disease State Management and Medication Therapy Management
• Patient Education Workshops and Research Focused on Preventative Care
• Teaching assigned Pharmacy Practice Labs and Lectures
• Precept 4th year Pharm.D. students on ambulatory rotation
• Conduct a residency research project to be presented at ASHP Mid Year and TSHP Alcalde
• Community Outreach Project
• Staff an Indigent Clinic in Houston’s Metropolitan area
• Conduct pharmacoeconomic, medication use and outcome evaluations and quality improvement projects
• Manuscript to seek publication in a professional peer-reviewed pharmacy journal

Practice Site Overview
The Community Pharmacy Resident will complete three required rotations, each one month in duration that will allow the resident to demonstrate project management skills, utilize medical informatics, and exercise leadership and practice management skills. In addition, the resident is required to complete three longitudinal rotations which will focus on the medication-use process, patient-centered care, and medication education. In the interval time between required rotations, resident will complete three elective rotations.

San Jose Clinic
The mission of the San José Clinic is to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person. It is one of the oldest charity clinics in the United States and it provides primary and specialty medical care, dental care, pharmacy and laboratory services to the uninsured, low-income patients in the Greater Houston area. San José Clinic provides a variety of general and specialized medical services within the clinic.  The clinic operates a Class A Pharmacy that provides patients with prescription medications at a very low cost and assists qualified patients in obtaining medications from various Patient Assistance Programs (PAP). Housed in a charity clinic, this pharmacy is granted certain allowances such as donated medications and samples that otherwise would not be permitted for a Class A Pharmacy in the State of Texas.

In addition to the traditional dispensing role of the pharmacy, patient centered care services such as Disease State Management, Medication Therapy Management, patient education and medication reconciliation services are performed. Every year San José Clinic sees approximately 4,000 patients, predominately Hispanics, of which about 22% have diabetes and other co-morbidities, specifically hypertension, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome and obesity.  For this reason, these disease states are the primary focus of most of the pharmacy’s services.  The implementation of Disease State Management two years ago has become critical to the care and compliance of these patients and resulted in the recruitment of 16 actively referring physicians within the clinic.

Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city, home to 2 million people and a leader in business, entertainment, the arts, and more. Houston has it all, from professional sports to outdoor fun to an out-of-this-world space experience and incredible dining. Houston offers everything from breathtaking museum exhibits to vibrant downtown entertainment. Explore the wonder of space or spend the day shopping in The Galleria. Houston Texas is home to the world's largest concentration of medical professionals, world's largest rodeo, NASA, Grand Prix of Houston, Shell Houston Open, Rotary Lombardi Award, world-renowned museum and theater districts, Houston Rockets (NBA) Basketball, Houston Astros (MLB) baseball, Houston Texans (NFL) football and Houston Dynamo (MLS) soccer. (

The applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Eligible to work in the United States
2. Have a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE accredited institution
3. Eligible for pharmacy licensure in the state of Texas

Stipends and Benefits
The Community Pharmacy resident will receive a competitive annual salary with full benefits after 90 days of employment and 11 days of paid-time off. In addition, the resident will receive educational leave and stipend to participate in ASHP MIDYEAR and ALCALDE conferences.

Who should apply?
Applicants with an interest in a career in community pharmacy, academia, managed care, indigent patient care, preventative care and endless opportunities in patient care.

Application Materials
1. Resident Candidate Letter of Interest
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. School Transcript
4. Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline
According to the ASHP matching program

On-Site Interview
After all applications are reviewed, candidates will be contacted to schedule a half-day on-site interview.

For more information, please contact:
Nora Osemene, MSc., Pharm.D.
Texas Southern University
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 313 – 4492