Residency Programs

PGY1 - Wilson Community Health Center

CPHS offers a PGY1 residency in conjunction with Wilson Community Health Center (WCHC) that is designed to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to provide exemplary pharmaceutical care in the ambulatory care setting and higher level education in the classroom and clinical setting.

Diabetes is a focus within the residency, emphasizing the monitoring and management of diabetes and diabetes complications within an interdisciplinary structure, to reduce the burden of diabetes for patients and families with diabetes, for the community, and for the health care system. The Program includes many other pharmacist-coordinated management programs such as hypertension, HIV/AIDS, dyslipidemia, anticoagulation, weight reduction, asthma and COPD management, and smoking cessation. Aside from patient care opportunities, residents will also have involvement in the didactic and clinical training of student pharmacists and other health care professionals, and will contribute to the literature by completing an original research project.

Upon completion of the residency, residents should be able to practice as a pharmacist clinician in an ambulatory care setting, be eligible for PGY2 programs in ambulatory care, and/or have the necessary skill sets for employment within a School of Pharmacy.

Training and Practice Site

The training and practice site for this program is Wilson Community Health Center (WCHC). WCHC is a federally funded Community Health Center with a patient census of over 80,000 in Wilson, N.C. In general, patients in this community share many medical, financial, and socioeconomic problems, such as:

  • Lack of access to diabetes education and self-management programs
  • Lack of health professionals trained in diabetes education and self-management programs
  • Low literacy skills
  • Multiple disease states, compounding the complexity of diabetes, drug regimens, and adherence to medical advice
  • High incidence of diabetes (especially in the African-American and Hispanic- American populations)
  • High incidence of risk factors for diabetes complications, such as hypertension, obesity, industrial/ farming exposure to tobacco, and recreational use of tobacco
  • High incidence of HIV/AIDS
  • Medically and financially indigent

Residency Program Components

Clinical Experience
The residency consists of a 12-month training program designed to comply with the ASHP requirements for a PGY1 residency. A minimum of nine months will be spent at WCHC participating in the pharmacotherapy clinics, an American Diabetes Association (ADA) - recognized Diabetes education program, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs. Residents will be responsible for providing dispensary services in the on-site pharmacies for up to eight hours per month. In addition to the required nine months at the primary practice site, residents may incorporate up to three elective rotations at other practice sites to meet his or her individual educational goals or interests.

Residents are appointed as Instructors of Pharmacy Practice and are required to complete a Teaching Certificate Program offered through Campbell University. To fulfill requirements, residents will provide didactic lectures and team-based learning activities in Nonprescription Therapeutics and the Diabetes Elective. Opportunities may also exist in other courses, depending on availability and resident interest. During the clinical experience, residents will be responsible for precepting Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students and will take the role of primary preceptor for at least one month during the year.

In accordance with ASHP requirements, the residents will develop and complete an original research project and submit the work for publication in a journal for health care professionals. In addition, residents will be responsible for preparing and presenting a drug utilization review and a drug monograph to the Health Center Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, providing a continuing education program for local pharmacists, and providing a poster presentation at a national level.

Program Faculty

The Residency Director is Jennifer Smith, PharmD, CPP, BC-ADM, CDE. Dr. Smith received her Associate of Science from Peace College (Biology), Bachelor of Science (Biology) from East Carolina University, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University School of Pharmacy. She completed a specialized pharmacy residency in primary care with a diabetes focus under the directorship of Dr. Peggy Yarborough. Following her residency, Dr. Smith submitted and received grant funding to coordinate medication access and management, as well as disease state management for senior residents of Wilson and Nash Counties. Currently, Dr. Smith serves as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner and Residency Director at Wilson Community Health Center, as well as Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.


The residency provides a stipend of approximately $42,000, health insurance, travel allowance, professional liability insurance, and 10 days of vacation. Professional leave is available for interviewing and attending pharmacy meetings.


Applicants must be highly motivated and desire to obtain advanced education and training leading to an enhanced level of professional practice. Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from an ACPE-accredited program, be eligible for or possess licensure in the state of North Carolina, and participate in the Resident Matching Program. U.S. citizenship is required.

Application Process

Interested individuals should complete an application on PhORCAs by January 1. All pharmacy and graduate school transcripts should be included in the application.

For additional information contact

Jennifer D. Smith, PharmD
Residency Director
303 East Green Street
Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 243-9800, Ext. 224