Practice Management Residency

Program Goals

The Pharmacy Practice Management Residency program follows the guidelines and accreditation standards of ASHP and is an organized, directed postgraduate training program of practical experience in pharmacy practice management. This 12-month specialized residency places emphasis on issues of planning, structure, organization, leadership and philosophy of practice in an integrated health care system. The program helps build the resident’s maturity, creativity, judgment and problem solving skills necessary in the development and management of progressive pharmacy programs. The goal of the program is to provide the resident with the ability to practice at a management level in a wide variety of health care settings.

Resident Responsibilities

The resident is involved in all aspects of pharmacy management throughout the integrated health system. Some of the resident responsibilities include the following:

• Serve as an administrative team member
• Responsible for managing assigned administrative projects
• Develop and conduct a resident research project
• Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee involvement
• Didactic and experiential teaching of pharmacy students and residents
• Medication Use Reviews and Adverse Drug Reaction reporting
• Staff development programs
• Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation
• Clinical/Staff pharmacist practice responsibilities every 3rd weekend
• Participation in national, state and local pharmacy organization meetings

Training Opportunities

The resident participates in various pharmacy practice, drug information and practice management training segments, which place emphasis on independent thinking and application of management concepts necessary to develop progressive pharmacy programs. Training areas include the following.

• Acute care programs and services
• Legal, regulatory, governance and practice standards
• Ambulatory care practice management
• Medication Safety
• Clinical research
• Personnel management
• Clinical services management
• Pharmacy programs operations management
• Contracting, purchasing and inventory control
• Pharmacy technology systems management
• Drug information and drug use policy development
• Projects management, marketing and program development
• Elective training opportunities
• Quality management
• Financial management and budgeting
• Strategic planning, development of goals and objectives


Residency applicants must possess Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Georgia. Prior completion of a Pharmacy Practice Residency or other post graduate year one (PGY1) residency is required. A completed application, curriculum vitae, college transcripts, 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 sick leave, medical and dental insurance coverage, vacation accrual, and professional leave.

Debbie Nowlin, R.Ph
Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Research

Columbus Regional Health
710 Center Street, Columbus, Georgia, 31902
Telephone (706) 660-2757 
E-mail: debbie.nowlin@crhs.net

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.