Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) offers two Pharmacy Residency Programs. The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program provides structured and advanced training to prepare pharmacists for a successful career in ambulatory and community settings, faculty positions, or further PGY2 fellowship training.  The two year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program (HSPA) offers longitudinal practice experiences to prepare its graduates to become highly-skilled leaders and advocates for our profession, well-equipped managers and supervisors, and future pharmacy administrators and directors.

PCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and is the largest and most comprehensive in Maine.  Our mission is to provide comprehensive, integrated primary health care services for all to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and the Maine communities we serve. PCHC consistently demonstrates a steadfast commitment to collaborating with other healthcare, social service, and community organizations.  Residents will be involved in advanced patient care services in a community and ambulatory care setting with opportunities to collaborate with other health care professionals in a variety of care settings.

PCHC provides the unique capability to engage residents in the ambulatory care setting as a Patient Centered Medical Home, in addition to the traditional community pharmacy setting. As an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), PCHC offers its residents a comprehensive learning environment to become practice leaders in our changing health care environment. Established in 2011 with a single PGY1 resident, the residency program has grown to five PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residents and two Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residents for 2016-2017. Both the Community Pharmacy and Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency programs are ASHP-accredited.


PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Controlled Substance Stewardship
  • Drug Information
  • Integrated Care Management
  • Integrated Mental Health
  • Patient Care Services
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Population Health Management
  • Research Project
  • Teaching Certificate and Academia
  • Transitions of Care


Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency (2 year program)

The Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency is a two year specialized program with the primary objective of developing pharmacy leaders who are trained and prepared to immediately assume manager level leadership positions within the ambulatory care and primary care settings, leading to high-level pharmacy leadership positions such as Director of Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer for ambulatory care/primary care health systems.

The program provides the resident with training, mentoring and modeling in pharmacy administration and leadership, with the resident gaining experience in all areas across the pharmacy enterprise including clinical pharmacy services, ambulatory pharmacy services, financial management, and front-line personnel supervision. It also instructs the resident on the provision of safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medication across the primary care continuum through the application of knowledge and skills in patient care.

The graduates of PCHC’s two year HSPA Residency will above all demonstrate the highest caliber of dedication and leadership within the pharmacy profession through emerging team-based models of care (e.g. ACOs and medical homes). Participants will gain the knowledge to understand, analyze and manage the changing nature of today’s complex medical delivery systems and the leadership skills for change management. Presentations, coursework, projects and manuscript preparation are required as are staffing responsibilities.

This program provides comprehensive, longitudinal pharmacy practice rotations in the following areas:

  • 340B Administration
  • Advanced Operations Management
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Management
  • Clinical and Residency Coordination
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Informatics and Data Management
  • Medication Safety
  • Quality Management
  • Research Project
  • Teaching Certificate and Academia


Qualifications for participation in PCHC’s Residency Programs are in accordance with the criteria set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP):

  • Residents shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program
    • Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure in Maine


Applicants will complete the application process via PHORCAS and submit the following by the application deadline of January 4:

  • A Letter of Intent including a statement of professional goals and reasons for pursuing PCHC’s Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • A Curriculum Vitae
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Transcripts from an accredited School/College of Pharmacy

*Residency candidates must participate in and adhere to the rules of the Residency Matching Program. Selected candidates will be invited to an onsite interview with the RPD, Residency Program Coordinator, select preceptors, and current residents.




First-Year Residents earn a $48,000 salary
Second-Year Residents earn a $55,000 salary


21 days paid earned time (conferences, holidays, vacation and sick leave)

 Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance:

Available to residents AND their spouse/domestic partner and dependents

 Wellness Works!:

A motivational program that pairs employees with a health coach to evaluate health and improve overall well-being. Enrollees are eligible for $250 in reimbursement for purchases towards healthcare related goals. This can include reimbursement for gym memberships, weight-loss programs, sports equipment or other related health promoting activities.

 Professional Meetings:

Residents are expected to attend and present individual research projects at ASHP Mid Year and MSHP Spring Conference.

 Exercise Equipment:

Residents have access to physical therapy equipment for personal use.

 Optional benefits:

  • Long Term Disability
  • Short term Disability
  • 401K
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Long Term Care Insurance

Benefits are subject to change.