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Pharmacy Residency Program

Community Care


The community pharmacy residency programs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy are designed to embody the overall philosophy of Texas Tech residencies; that being, to engage the resident in active learning and self-assessment, to build upon a foundation of existing knowledge to deliver patient care services; to stress the importance to community pharmacy residency programs of a national standard for training, to engage the resident as part of a team to nurture mentorship, and to stress the importance of the interrelationship of being a well-rounded practitioner and the development of individual career goals.

The TTUHSC Community Pharmacy Residency programs provide the resident(s) with the experience, mentorship, and nurturing that fosters personal growth skills and confidence to develop and deliver community-based patient care services. To effectively deliver these services, the resident demonstrates through an organized program of focused and longitudinal experiences, mastery of competencies in pharmacy operations; provision of education using contemporary teaching methods addressing the needs of the target audiences, development of skills in program evaluation, and systems design and justification of new service programs. Additionally, each resident gains significant experiences in primary care to enable that pharmacist to engage in medication management for chronic diseases in a contemporary community pharmacy practice.

General Description

This is a one-year, post-graduate Pharmacy Practice residency with an emphasis in Community Care. It is offered through TTUHSC as the lead or responsible organization. Collaborative programs with community pharmacies in the various 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 residency 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 established ones.
  5. Assume the role of practitioner-educator.

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

Program Activities

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Clinical Experience

Residency programs are currently offered in Amarillo and Lubbock. The cornerstone of the community pharmacy practice residency experiences 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 for contemporary community pharmacy practice. Although each city has some unique aspects to its program for residency training, there is consistency across all programs with regards to the amount of training in direct patient care that a resident receives. The reader is invited to scroll to the bottom of this web page and follow the link to the individual residency programs.

At the Pharmaceutical Care Centers, residents will be involved in many areas of direct patient care. Residents can select rotational and longitudinal experiences in primary care areas that enhance the resident's clinical abilities to manage chronic disease or meet the interests of the individual. Opportunities also exist to contract with other community pharmacies to assist in the development and/or delivery of their patient care services.

To meet the national need for faculty in community care, the School of Pharmacy through its Centers offers opportunities for residents to become practitioner-educators through peer-directed instruction in teaching methods and skills-building in the delivery of educational content.

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 the TTUHSC 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 offered the opportunity 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

(currently only in Amarillo)

The resident will also be offered the opportunity to lead several lab discussions on topics such as medication safety, proper medication and equipment use, and others, depending on interest and availability.

Experiential Teaching

Clerkship teaching (involving both P3 and 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 at least two clerkship students.

Residency Project

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

  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 selected 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, RPh

David Simmons, RPh
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 which includes all of the support services for the community residency programs.

Patricia Luera, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor, TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

TTUHSC Pharmacy (Lubbock, Texas)

Residency Program Director

Patricia Luera earned her Pharm.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and completed a community practice residency with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy/Walgreen Company.Her current practice includes a pharmacy operation that services patients and employees of the TTU Health Sciences Center and that supports the infusion needs of a regional medical acute care facility that specializes in correctional patient health.


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Anitra MacLaughlin, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

Dr. MacLaughlin joined the Amarillo School of Pharmacy in July 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Ambulatory Care Division. She completed her pharmacy school prerequisites at the University of Colorado at Denver and then went on to receive her Bachelors’ of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 1998. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 1999. Dr. MacLaughlin moved to the Amarillo area in 2000 with her family and the Walgreen Company to open the first two Walgreens Pharmacies in Amarillo. Dr. MacLaughlin was pharmacist in charge while also managing a Walgreens Patient Care Center clinic where she managed disease states including osteoporosis, lipids, and diabetes. She currently maintains a practice site at Amarillo Pharmaceutical Care Center. Her practice interests include women’s health, preventative health and wellness, and simulation and educational research.

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Deeatra Seaborn, R. Ph., Pharm. D.

Deeatra Seaborn, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy

Deeatra Seaborn earned her Pharm.D. degree from Auburn University and completed a community practice residency at the University of Texas/Walgreen's. She currently has a joint practice with a progressive community pharmacy in Denton, Texas. Her clinical interests include women's health and alternative medicine. She is part of the Dallas team along with Teresa Shih.

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Jill Frost, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

TTUHSC 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.

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Michelle Jernigan, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

Dr. Jernigan joined the Abilene School of Pharmacy in August 2008. She is currently a member of the Ambulatory Care Division. She completed her pharmacy school prerequisites at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and then went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy from the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy in 2007. She then completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Rite Aid Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA in 2008. She currently maintains a practice site at Hendrick Professional Pharmacy where she is a staff pharmacist and Certified Product Trainer for Medtronic Minimed. She provides patient education and management for patients utilizing insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring.

Program Support Staff

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Lee Easterday, CPhT

Lee Easterday, CPhT

Pharmacy Special Projects Coordinator and System Administrator

Office of Patient Care Services

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Lee Easterday is a certified pharmacy technician with responsibility for maintaining the integrity of all data management systems that support the programs in patient care services. He is the primary trainer on the centralized data management system used by all pharmaceutical care centers.

Paula Breeding

Paula Breeding

Coordinator, Departmental Resources

Office of Patient Care Services

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Paula Breeding is the administrative assistant for Dr. Patry and coordinates a wide range of support activities for the pharmaceutical care centers.

Current and Former Residents

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Shanna James, Pharm.D.

Shanna James, Pharm.D., is from Tulia, Texas, and she is currently a PGY1 Community Care Specialty Resident with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP). In May 2011, she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. She is an Assistant Instructor for TTUHSC SOP, and she will serve as a pharmacy student preceptor beginning in January 2012. She is involved in instructing PharmCare Lab, Patient Assessment, and Case Studies. Her interests include community pharmacy with a special interest in diabetes and COPD. Shanna is also a member of Panhandle Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, West Texas Pharmacy Association, American Pharmacy Association, and Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity. During the 2011-2012 academic year she will serve as New Preceptor Mentor for APhA for TTUHSC SOP. Once her residency is completed she hopes to implement disease management programs in community pharmacies.

Katherine Elliott, Pharm.D.

Katherine Elliott, Pharm.D.

Current research project entitled “Evaluation of the accuracy of a manual blood pressure and heart rate readings as measured by students in their second, third, and fourth professional year in a doctor of pharmacy program.”

Christine Isanhart, Pharm.D.

Christine Isanhart, Pharm.D.

Christine Isanhart, Pharm.D., is a Community Pharmacy Practice Resident and Assistant Clinical Instructor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Isanhart precepts pharmacy students in their 3rd and 4th professional years, and she also participates in the Case Studies course as a discussion facilitator at the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Isanhart is a member of the American Pharmacist Association and the Arkansas Pharmacist Association. Upon completion of her residency, her future plans include implementing disease state management programs in retail pharmacies, providing clinical services in outpatient clinics, and serving as a preceptor for pharmacy students. She would someday like to obtain a position in academia.

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

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.


Tracey D. Carruthers, Pharm.D.

Tracey is a 2001 graduate of the residency program. She is currently a clinical pharmacist and pharmacist-in-charge for United Supermarkets Pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas.

Information for Applicants

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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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