Program Structure

The program consists of required and elective patient care rotations. The required longitudinal clinic experience is completed through multiple half-day clinics each week for 11 months. Interprofessional clinics are scheduled for two to four evenings per month. Elective rotations are based on the resident's professional interests and are completed during a shorter time period, typically 10 weeks. Consistent with contemporary expectations of an advanced practice provider, the remainder of the work week includes teaching and scholarship experiences.


Residents participate in several teaching experiences at the VCU School of Pharmacy. While working with a dedicated mentor, residents gain master of the skills necessary to effectively engage learners across a range of settings.

  • Large group (30-140 students): TBL, distance learning
  • Small group (10-30 students): Weekly lab, APPE topic discussions
  • Mentoring (one to four students): APPE and co-curricular students


Residents directly participate in and assume responsibility for original scholarship. As part of an interprofessional scholarship team, the residents gain experience in grant writing, protocol development and data analysis. The residents also contribute to book chapters, presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Recent activities include:

  • Co-author for ADCES Quick Guide to Medications, eds 8-10
  • Systematic reviews and peer-reviewed articles
  • Principle or co-investigator for five grants totaling $45,000
  • Contribute to ongoing $1.25 million CDC grant

Required Experiences (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations (10-week rotations)

  • Pain Management/Palliative Care Clinic
  • HIV/Infectious Diseases Clinic
  • Psychiatry Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Gerontology
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Nephrology Clinic
  • Family Medicine Clinic
  • Substance Abuse Clinic
  • Other rotations offered by VCU Health