Community-Based Pharmacy


Lindsey Kelley, PharmD, MS

Residency Program Director:
Lindsey Kelley, PharmD, MS, FASHP

The PGY1 Community-based residency's purpose is to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy
(PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

Pharmacist residency education and training in community-based practice aims to develop pharmacy leaders who are capable of improving the health of patients within the communities they serve. The primary purpose of this standard is to foster the development of community-based pharmacist practitioners who are community-focused practice leaders, serving as an access point for care and having the skillset necessary to provide quality generalist patient care services wherever health and medication needs arise.

This one-year program is designed to build knowledgeable, confident pharmacy practitioners equipped to deliver high quality patient care in the community setting. Graduates of this program will demonstrate the understanding, tools, and skills to build clinical practices in under/undeveloped sites. They will be well-positioned to enter practice as community pharmacy leaders or go on to complete ASHP PGY-2 Specialty Practice Residencies in Ambulatory Care.

Highlights Include

    • Opportunities to develop new and innovative programs in several community pharmacy settings focused on serving diverse patient populations
    • Clinic experience with primary and specialty care pharmacists
    • Teaching certificate at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy 
    • Participation in a Clinical Research Series Program and completion of a mentored longitudinal research project
    • Participation in a Leadership and Professional Development Series Program
    • Local and nationally recognized PGY-1 Community-based and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Trained Preceptors

Program Structure

Residents complete a complement of both core and elective rotations which total 12 months of practice. Schedules vary with resident preference for content and duration. Please see below for a list of rotations and example schedule.

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation (1 month in July)
  • Ambulatory Care Administration (3-6 months)
  • Pharmacy Practice, Proposal, and Implementation (1 year)
  • Staffing (1 year)
  • Medication Use Policy (1 month)
  • Primary Care Clinic (5 months)
  • Teaching Pharmacy Practice Skills I (one semester)
  • Transitions of care- geriatrics (5 months)
  • Writing Project (1 year)
  • Research Project (1 year)
  • Inpatient Internal Medicine (1 month)
  • Medication Safety (3 months)

Elective Rotations:

  • Transitions of Care- Inpatient/administration (3-6 months)
  • Specialty Pharmacy (3-9 months)
  • Ambulatory Anticoagulation (3-9 months)
  • Collaborative Practice Development (varies)
  • Oral Oncolytic Clinic (3-9 months)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (3-6 months)
  • Pharmacy Practice Leadership (1 or 3-6 months)
  • Medication Therapy Management (6 months)
  • Second Semester Teaching (6 months)
  • Second Rotation Primary Care Clinic (6 months) 


Staffing Responsibility 

The community-based resident is required to work an average of two weekends per month.  The resident provides service in the outpatient health-system pharmacy. They will staff one major (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day) and one minor (Labor Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, or Memorial Day) holiday. Responsibilities while staffing include processing prescriptions, paging physicians regarding dose recommendations/changes or prior authorizations, filling prescriptions, checking prescriptions for accuracy, and counseling patients. 

Research and Writing Project Opportunities

Residents are required to complete a research project within the year. A poster for the project will be presented at the Vizient Pharmacy Council Meeting and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting. The results of the project will also be presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference. Residents are required to complete a writing project in collaboration with a chosen preceptor. Writing projects are comprehensive reviews that are suitable for publication and often qualify as continuing education programs.

Teaching Opportunity

Our residents receive an adjunct clinical instructor appointment with the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. In this role, the Community Pharmacy Resident assists with instruction in Pharmacy 504, Pharmacy Practice Skills I. The resident also participates in precepting PharmD students on clinical rotation. An optional teaching certificate program is offered through the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. 

Residency Director Information

Lindsey Kelley, PharmD, MS, FASHP

Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer, Ambulatory Services

University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine

Department of Pharmacy Services

 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, SPC 5008

 Ann Arbor, MI 48109

 E-mail: [email protected]


Lindsey R. Kelley, PharmD, MS

Lindsey Clark, PharmD, MBA

Scott Ciarkowski, PharmD, MBA

Trisha Wells, PharmD

Karin Durant, PharmD

Kellie Kippes, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Elizabeth Renner, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CACP

Randy Regal, PharmD

Jennifer Baldridge, PharmD, BCACP

Julia Brown, PharmD, PharmD

Michael Forman, PharmD, MBA

Cynthia Gillespie, RPh

Sarah Lakehal-Ayat, PharmD

Ashley Sabourin, PharmD

Sarah Vordenberg, PharmD, MPH

Gina Widmer, PharmD

Lan Le, PharmD

Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.