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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Residency & Fellowship Programs

Fred Meyer Pharmacy Residency

Fred Meyer Pharmacy has been involved with Community Pharmacy Practice Residency training since 2006. The program was the first community residency program accredited by ASHP and APhA in the State of Oregon.

Purpose Statement

To build upon the PharmD education and outcomes in order to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities, including PGY2 residencies and professional certifications.

The Fred Meyer Residency program takes place in a corporate community/ambulatory care pharmacy setting. In addition, residents will participate in a series of interdisciplinary experiences at The Vancouver Clinic as well as Washington State University. There is an emphasis on the development, marketing, implementation, and delivery of patient care services in the evolving realm of community practice. Our program has a high level of progressive patient care services in a chain community pharmacy setting with an emphasis on management, business, and leadership components.

Practice Site Descriptions

Overview

The residents will primarily work from the Fred Meyer Healthy Options® Patient Care Centers located in Vancouver, Washington. The primary site for the residents is the Orchards Fred Meyer Pharmacy location and the Fred Meyer Division and District Offices in Portland, Oregon. Although the residency is based out of the locations listed above, the resident will spend time at other Fred Meyer Pharmacy locations, the Washington State College of Pharmacy campus in Spokane, WA, and The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, WA.

Fred Meyer is part of the Kroger family of grocery stores; a family-friendly, one-stop shopping store with 133 locations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. See service descriptions for more information.

  • Healthy Options™ Patient Care Centers
    • These centers provide an expanded level of pharmaceutical care to the community. This care includes wellness and screening services for chronic disease states including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body composition, and tobacco cessation, disease state coaching, pharmacist based prescribing, as well as a wide variety of immunizations and travel medicine. In addition, medication therapy management, synchronization programs, and collaborative drug therapy agreement programs provide pharmacists with the opportunity to work with other health care professionals to help patients better manage their health.
  • Division/District Offices
    • Fred Meyer is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The employees at this location provide leadership and support to all of the Fred Meyer stores.
  • Rotations:
    • Orientation
    • Patient Care Centers (PCC)
    • Patient Care Dispensing & Operations (Disp/Ops)
    • Pharmacy Management – Administration, District, Leadership, Clinical (MGMT-ADLC)
    • Residency Major Project (Project)

The Washington State University Doctor of Pharmacy program has prepared aspiring pharmacists for over 125 years to excel and become leaders in their field. The four-year professional curriculum combines a competency-based testing model with a cutting-edge active-learning classroom, including instruction in the professional and legal responsibilities that come with working in healthcare. In addition, students learn within a warm, collegial atmosphere where innovation and new thinking are encouraged, and opportunities for research and patient care abound.

  • Rotations
    • Academia (ACAD)
    • Residency Major Project (Project)

The Vancouver Clinic s a multidisciplinary clinic committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective medical care for patients and families in southwest Washington. As a physician-owned and governed group, they are dedicated to building a stimulating practice setting based upon teamwork and mutual respect within the organization. As integrated members of the community, they are committed to public service and sharing medical expertise. The Vancouver clinic also provides a Transitional Care Clinic to serve patients who are at the highest risk of readmission, including those suffering from serious illness, frailty and social isolation. Patients are discharged by the hospital, or referred to the clinic by a group of physicians, to receive benefit provided by a team of healthcare specialists including pharmacists.

  • Rotations
    • The Vancouver Clinic (TVC)

Learn more information about what services residents will perform at participating sites.

Weekly Schedule

What is a community pharmacy residency program (CPRP)?

  • A community pharmacy residency program is a one year postgraduate training program focused on advancing the resident’s skills in direct patient care, patient care service development, and pharmacy management.
  • This advanced training opportunity allows you to work alongside cutting-edge pharmacy preceptors and practitioners in the community pharmacy and ambulatory care settings.

Why complete a community residency?

  • To develop patient care services and improve patient care skills including immunizations, screenings, medication therapy management, advanced clinical services, disease state management, and health coaching.
  • To practice at an advanced level, build leadership and management skills, expand your professional network; earn a teaching certificate, and much more.
  • To prepare you to become a leader and innovator in community pharmacy practice focused on health outcomes.
  • To gain additional pharmacy practice skills highly desired by employers. One year of  residency is considered to be equivalent to three to five years of practice experience.

Residency Details & Benefits

  • Program length: 12 months, July 1 – June 30
  • Estimated stipend: $45,000
  • Benefits: provided through Fred Meyer, Inc (Professional liability insurance, associate discounts, fitness center use)
  • Insurance: medical, dental, vision, and life
  • Travel allowance for several of the following professional meetings:
    Oregon State Pharmacy Association/Washington State Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, APhA Annual Meeting, Western States Residency Conference (or other regional conference), and Northwest Pharmacy Convention
  • Two weeks of paid vacation, six paid holidays, plus four personal days

Qualifications for the residency

  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy
  • Doctor of pharmacy degree preferred
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Oregon and Washington
  • National Resident Matching Program participant
  • Self-directed and motivated

Application Process

The Fred Meyer – Washington State University College of Pharmacy PGY-1 Community Residency Program is seeking applicants for a one-year PGY1 Residency in Community Practice. There are two residency positions open each residency year. The residency program begins July 1 and ends June 30. Our program is accredited by ASHP-APhA. Therefore, you will need to apply to the ASHP Residency Matching Program (NMS Code 115115) in order to be eligible for our program.

Candidates seeking an opportunity to practice in a rewarding environment, while advancing the practice of pharmacy, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications received by January 3, 2019 will be given full consideration. On site interviews with qualified candidates will start in late January and conclude in early March. Interested candidates should submit all application materials through the PhORCAS system.

Required Items

PhORCAS Application: basic demographics, verified transcripts, personal statement/letter of intent, CV, three references (prefer one from a faculty member or preceptor, one from a preceptor of direct patient care, and one from an employer or other pharmacy professional), and extracurricular information. Optional, but appreciated is a recent photo of yourself uploaded to PhORCAS as a supplemental document.

For more information about the Community Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:
Tara Pfund, Residency Program Director
Mail Stop: 04002/34K
3800 SE 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97202
503-797-5088
prxresidency@fredmeyer.com