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Community Pharmacy Residency

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 PGY2 residencies and professional certifications.

Program Description

The residency is designed to develop practitioners with a high level of skills required to manage patient care in the community pharmacy setting. Residents will participate in educational opportunities and experiences allowing the resident to gain expertise as a pharmacy practitioner in the community pharmacy setting. In addition, the resident will gain valuable insight into the management and ownership of a community pharmacy. The resident will provide pharmacy care via existing pharmacy care programs and will also develop new pharmacy care programs at the site. The resident will be involved with disease state management programs, wellness programs and medication dispensing activities. The resident will participate in the teaching certificate program offered by the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Residents will also complete a research project and a service commitment.

Lewis Drug, Sioux Falls

Lewis Drug is a regional pharmacy chain based out of Sioux Falls consisting of 56 locations throughout South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The company was founded in 1942 on strong patient relationships, community involvement and a family focused employee environment. Lewis has been designated as the 14th largest pharmacy chain in the United States, with stores ranging in size from the large 70,000 square foot layout in urban areas to a 1,000 square foot stand-alone format in several non-metro locations. Some pharmacies are located adjacent to provider clinics and grocery stores and two of their locations are closed-door long term care pharmacy locations.

Lewis Drug has established many community events throughout the years, including Melanoma Monday, the Big Squeeze Hypertension program and a Community Syringe Disposal Program. They have hosted mass influenza immunization clinics across several sites for years. Currently, Lewis is striving to improve patient adherence and outcomes through various services including Smart Sync, MTM and Smart Pack medication packaging.

Program Outcomes

ASHP and APhA have applied a systematic process based on sound principles of educational theory and curricular design, the APhA Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (SCDI) for Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training, to the development of four competency areas and their associated goals and objectives for PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Programs. The SDSU College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has adopted this model for our residency program. 

The following is a list of the Competency Areas required by ASHP and APhA for Postgraduate Year One Community-Based Pharmacy Residencies:

  1. Patient care
  2. Leadership and management
  3. Advancement of community-based practice and improving patient care
  4. Teaching, education and dissemination of knowledge


The resident will be exposed to the following learning experiences:

  • Orientation - concentrated
  • Service commitment - longitudinal
  • Leadership and management - longitudinal
  • Patient care - longitudinal
  • Research project - longitudinal
  • Teaching - longitudinal

Application Process

Applications for the community pharmacy residency are managed through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service).

Lewis Drug Program Code Number: 206315

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