Primary Care Specialty Residency

Program Goals

The goal of this ASHP accredited specialty residency program is to provide educational and training experiences for pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary, contemporary primary care pharmacy practice in an organized health care system. This 12-month program follows the guidelines and accreditation standards of ASHP and is defined as an organized, directed, postgraduate training program that centers on development of the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and abilities needed to provide clinical pharmacy services to ambulatory patients.

Resident Responsibilities

Through various primary care training segments and other pharmacy practice experiences, the residency instills a philosophy of practice that embraces the concept that pharmacists must be responsible and accountable for optimal drug therapy outcomes.

• Longitudinal experience in pharmacy-managed primary care clinics
• Longitudinal experience in long-term care/assisted living facilities
• Research project
• Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee involvement
• Didactic and experiential teaching of pharmacy students and medical residents
• Medication Use Evaluations (MUE) / Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting
• Staff development programs
• Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation
• Clinical/staff pharmacist responsibilities
• National, state, and local pharmacy meetings

Training Opportunities

In addition to the required training segments this program allows numerous elective opportunities to complement the resident’s career goals. * Required training segments

• Acute Care*
• Assisted Living Facilities*
• Drug Information
• Emergency Medicine/Toxicology
• Family Practice Clinics*
• Geriatrics/Long Term Care*
• Internal Medicine
• Investigational Drugs
• Longitudinal Experiences*
• Nutrition Support
• Outpatient Neurology
• Outpatient Oncology*
• Outpatient Pediatrics
• Pharmacotherapy Clinics*
• Practice Component*
• Practice Management*
• Psychiatry
• Quality Management
• Specialty Clinics
• Surgery/Anesthesia


Residency applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and be licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Georgia. Completion of a Pharmacy Practice Residency or equivalent prior experience, completed application, curriculum vitae, college transcripts, letter of intent, individual assessment for residency training, three letters of recommendation, and a formal interview are required.

The residency program commences in late June and provides a competitive stipend. Benefits include medical and dental insurance coverage, sick leave, vacation accrual, professional leave, and others.

Jamie Crossman, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Primary Care Residency

Department of Pharmacy
710 Center Street
Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: 706-660-6146
Fax: 706-571-1781
Pager: 706-320-4795


As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.