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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

East Tennessee State University

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency

The ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to prepare community-based pharmacist practitioners as leaders and innovators through unique practice experiences, with the hope of elevating pharmacy practice and overall healthcare both in our region and nationally.  The program provides residents with opportunities for growth through experiences in patient care, project and practice management, dispensing, leadership, and education.     

About the Program

Learning Experiences

The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency is designed with the following core longitudinal learning experiences:  

  • Medication management services
  • Collaborative care
  • Teaching
  • Research project
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Patient-centered dispensing


  • Teaching and Learning Certificate program offered through the Gatton College of Pharmacy
  • Precepting and mentoring of pharmacy students
  • Presentation of continuing education
  • Development of leadership skills through service as APhA-ASP New Practitioner Mentor, contributions to professional organizations, and management responsibilities and projects
  • Elective rotations tailored to the resident’s interests
  • Travel allowance for professional meetings

Current Residency Sites

Boone Drug and Healthcare

345 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607

Preceptors: Julie Scott, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, CPNP ( - Site Coordinator; Corey Furman, PharmD (; Ashley Furman, PharmD (; Rebecca Weaver, PharmD

Boone Drugs, Inc. consists of seventeen independent community pharmacies, including a specialty pharmacy, two long-term care pharmacy sites, and multiple collaborative practice sites in the surrounding region.  The primary practice site for the resident will be at the flagship store, Boone Drug and Healthcare at Deerfield.  Since their founding in 1919, the pharmacy has had a heart for collaborative community medical practices to serve the needs of rural communities. 

The site provides numerous clinical services and opportunities for resident engagement:

  • Participation in North Carolina’s Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN)
  • Clinical medication synchronization
  • Adherence programs
  • Collaborative practice under a Clinical Pharmacist Provider (CPP) embedded in local provider offices
  • Disease management programs
  • Medication therapy management (MTM)
  • Immunizations
  • Compounding
  • Point-of-care testing and patient screening collaborations (falls risk, PHQ-9, etc.)
  • Health education, outreach, and wellness services

Downloadable Program Information:

PGY1 Community Residency with Boone Drug


Application Process

Applications are due by January 5, 2019.

Applications are accepted through PhORCAS and the program participates in the ASHP Match process.  More information can be found on the ASHP Online Directory.


  • Graduate of an accredited school or college of pharmacy
  • Licensed or eligibility for licensure in the state of North Carolina
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) references
  • Transcript


For more information about the community pharmacy residency program, please contact:

Dr. Katelyn Alexander, PharmD
Director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program
Faculty Page
Email: Phone: (423) 439-6427

Current Resident

dollinsLaura Dollins, PharmD  - 

Community-based Pharmacy Resident

Laura Dollins, of  Berea, Kentucky,  is the first resident in Gatton’s new Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Community-based Pharmacy Residency, a program created in partnership with Boone Drug and Healthcare in  Boone, North Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s in biology from Eastern Kentucky University and a PharmD from ETSU earlier this year. 

“My heart is in community pharmacy, so I hope to use this residency to learn and become a better healthcare provider for my patients,” said Dollins.

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