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Pharmacy Residency Program

Community Care

Amarillo-Based Program

Community Care Residency Brochure for Amarillo, 2011


The community pharmacy practice residency for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy, Amarillo Campus is conducted at the Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center (APCC). Graduates of this residency program are trained to assume two potential career roles: (1) become a practitioner-educator in community care and assume this role with other academic programs, or (2) become a direct care provider in a community pharmacy. Each resident works with the program coordinator and preceptors to develop an educational plan tailored to meet individual career goals. This program gives residents the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide direct patient care as well as the abilities to justify and implement their own community-based patient care programs.

Amarillo Area Health Resources

The Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center (APCC) is a prototype-teaching laboratory licensed as a retail pharmacy. This new facility is housed in the School of Medicine clinic building, which is located adjacent to the School of Pharmacy on the growing Texas Tech campus. The APCC is also part of the Harrington Medical Center complex that includes the Texas Tech facilities, two community hospitals, a VA Medical Center, a comprehensive cancer center and several other smaller health facilities. Residents have access to a comprehensive drug information center and an array of on-line medical and pharmacy resources. The School of Pharmacy is a leader in the application of technology to patient care and teaching. A Center for Health Informatics and Pharmacy Systems was recently established to investigate and implement new technologies that impacts on the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Residents in Amarillo will participate in many of these projects since the APCC is the research hub for many of these new systems. Residents will also find an open and receptive pharmacy community in Amarillo and occasionally, residents will be used to assist community pharmacists in developing and implementing a patient care project.

General Description

This is a one-year, post-graduate Pharmacy Practice residency with an emphasis in Community Care. It is offered through Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as the lead or responsible organization. Collaborative programs with community pharmacies in the region provide a broad view of community practice. The program is designed to allow the resident opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide pharmaceutical care in a community setting. The reswidency program is fully accredited by the ASHP Commission on Credentialing.

The residency includes exposure to community pharmacy practice, disease prevention and health screening, patient consultation, and pharmacist-managed clinics. In addition, the resident will gain experience with third party reimbursement issues and gain a better understanding of the managerial aspects of community pharmacy practice.

Program Outcomes

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Upon completion of the program, the resident should be able to:

  1. Provide direct patient care to a variety of patient populations.
  2. Become proficient in pharmacy operations.
  3. Provide education to the community, students, and colleagues.
  4. Develop new patient care services, and improve old ones.
  5. Assume the role of practitioner-educator.

For additional information, please refer to the ASHP/APhA Accreditation Standard for Pharmacy Practice with emphasis in Community Care

Program Activities

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Clinical Experience

The cornerstone of the community pharmacy practice residency experience in Amarillo is the integration of community practice skills with primary care. Texas Tech has developed pharmaceutical care centers to serve as the training, practice and research sites to demonstrate that the future community pharmacy needs for advanced trained individuals cannot be addressed without significant effort directed towards upgrading clinical skills. The community pharmacy practice residents of Texas Tech are expected to master the skills needed to implement programs to manage chronic care patients.

At the Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center (APCC), residents will be involved in many areas of direct patient care. Depending on interests, residents may work with pharmacy practice faculty in the areas of gestational diabetes, adult diabetes, pediatric asthma, or with care providers in geriatrics or family medicine. The resident will also be expected to become a certified pharmacist immunizer. The diabetes and asthma management teaching rotations also include training in related durable medical equipment.

The APCC also serves a critical function in the community by researching, designing and implementing innovative programs to provide access to medication to patients with reduced financial means. Each resident will be directly involved in the provision of care to under-served patients as part of the emphasis on public health for all community pharmacy practice residents at Texas Tech.

Managerial Experience

The resident will be exposed to all of the financial aspects of running a pharmacy, as well as learn the skill of financial justification of new business models of patient care. All preceptors and the program coordinator have significant business and health systems experience. Residents are expected to learn how to develop direct patient care services in for-profit business settings.

Residents that may have an interest in the management of clinical services in community settings may elect to take rotational experiences with selected community pharmacists that have demonstrated visionary abilities to develop and enhance their operations through direct patient care services.

Teaching Activities

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Residents are appointed as Assistant Instructors with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy. Teaching activities for residents are designed to complement practice activities while allowing the resident to experience a variety of teaching methods.

Didactic Teaching

Residents will be expected to give several didactic lectures in a number of classes, depending on his or her area(s) of interest and subject availability.

Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory

The resident may choose to lead several lab discussions on topics such as medication safety, proper medication and equipment use, and others, depending on interest and availability. Residents may also be used to assist students in the mastery of technology used in the laboratory.

Experiential Teaching

Clerkship teaching (involving P4 students) is integrated into the resident practice model. Early in the program, the resident will observe faculty clerkship preceptors and become integrated into various aspects of clerkship teaching. At the end of the residency program, residents have the opportunity to independently precept a clerkship student.

Residency Project

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Residents will complete one patient care project with the intent to present the acquired knowledge at a regional or national residency conference. It is preferred that this project be suitable for publication in manuscript form. Residents may chose any type of research project or quality improvement program, provided that the project:

  1. includes generation of original data
  2. is suitable for publication or presentation at a national pharmacy meeting
  3. can reasonably be completed within the residency year.

Additional project information.

Additional Activities

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  1. Provide education to physicians/teams in the form of in-service programs and/or literature reviews
  2. Provide education to members of the community based on perceived need
  3. Participate in residency meetings
  4. Meet with residency preceptor(s) on regular basis to:
    (1) help guide in student precepting activities,
    (2) share clinical pearls and discuss disease state management, and
    (3) to provide feed back on strengths and weakness of clinical/teaching/research abilities
  5. Meet with the program director on a regular basis to provide feedback, discuss training needs or explore new opportunities

Program Leadership

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Roland Patry, M.S., Dr. P.H., FASHP
Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Dean for Patient Care Services
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy

Roland Patry is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has graduate degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Texas, School of Public Health. He also completed a 2-year pharmacy practice residency at the VA-Houston and was chosen as a Fellow, ASHP. He has extensive experience in the development and management of contemporary pharmacy services in a variety of different practice settings.

David Simmons, R.Ph.
Clinical Instructor

Pharmacist-in-Charge, Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center

David Simmons is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy. He owned an independent pharmacy for 16 years, and was a managing partner and owner of a primary healthcare facility for 6 years. He has extensive managerial experience, and was hired by Texas Tech in February of 2002 as pharmacist in charge of the Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center. His clinical practice interests include pediatrics, diabetes, and immunization. He leads the Amarillo team that includes all of the support services for the community residency programs.

Jill Frost, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice Management Division

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy

Dr. Jill Frost received her Pharm.D. from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2004. She completed a residency in Ambulatory Care from Scott & White clinics in Georgetown and Taylor, TX and The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently part of the Pharmacy Practice faculty and a community clinical practitioner. Her practice site is with The Village Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Amarillo, TX. She is advancing community pharmacy through expanding clinical services and disease state management. Her practice site will be offered as a rotation for advanced pharmacy students.

Former Residents

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Emily Evans, R. Ph. Pharm.D., AE-C

Emily is a 2003 graduate of the residency program. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at South College of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia and specializes in community care. Her practice/research interests cover many aspects of community pharmacy, including women's health, diabetes, asthma, immunizations, and management.

Amarillo Area Information


The City of Amarillo is located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle and is home to 175,000 people in the city and 350,000 people in its economic catchment area. Amarillo enjoys a mild climate with four distinct seasons while also boasting an average of 351 days of partial or full sunshine. Amarillo has a very favorable cost of living, and Texas is one of only seven states without a personal income tax. Amarillo is approximately 5 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth and 4 hours from Oklahoma City and Albuquerque. If you like the mountains, the Rockies and other mountain chains are only 5-6 hours away in New Mexico or Colorado. Amarillo residents also enjoy area lakes, Palo Duro Canyon, and a variety of arts and sporting entertainment. Amarillo is a small city with many big city amenities.

Information for Applicants


Applicants must be graduates of an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy. A doctor of pharmacy degree is required. Residents must be eligible for, and maintain, licensure in the state of Texas throughout the residency. He or she must also be enthusiastic about expanding knowledge and skills related to community practice.

Information regarding application materials, processes, and deadlines can be found under Applicant Information

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