PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency

Overview of all affiliated programs

Experience pharmaceutical care in innovative community pharmacy settings. Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale (MWU-CPG) is affiliated with four community pharmacy residency program in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Our partnerships with Walgreens, Fry's, Safeway and Potter's House Apothecary allows residents opportunities to develop patient care skills in the community pharmacy setting while benefiting from the resources and teaching opportunities provided by MWU-CPG. Our unique emphasis on developing both community pharmacy practice and teaching skills provides residents with numerous career and professional opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Provide innovative patient care services.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate new and existing professional services.
  • Gain practical pharmacy leadership and management experience.
  • Present residency projects at regional and national professional conferences.
  • Participate in didactic lectures, workshops, student precepting, and other professional educational programs with MWU-CPG.


The residency is for 12 consecutive months beginning in June/July.

Qualifications of the Resident

Applicants for each program must have graduated with the PharmD degree and be eligible for pharmacist licensure in Arizona at the time they start the residency. Applicants must be motivated, self-directed, and have excellent communication skills. Work experience in community pharmacy, as well as a commitment to pursuing a career in this setting, is desirable.

Salary and Benefits

Each resident will receive a competitive stipend and benefit package. Support for attending regional and national professional meetings and conferences is also available.

Faculty Appointment

Each resident will receive a faculty appointment from MWU-CPG as a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Benefits of the appointment include use of MWU facilities and opportunities to learn and teach with College of Pharmacy - Glendale faculty.

Applications and Additional Information

Each program has its own independent process for selecting residents. All programs participate in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Matching Program and requre application through PhorCAS. Each program is fully accredited by ASHP.

See below for more information about MWU-CPG's community pharmacy residency programs.

Walgreens Pharmacy Residency Partnership

The purpose of the Walgreens Community Pharmacy Residency Program is to prepare pharmacist clinicians to provide direct patient care services as a community/ambulatory care pharmacist and to work in academia. The residency experience is based in Phoenix, AZ at a Walgreens specialty care pharmacy that is an innovative community pharmacy practice dedicated to providing clinical patient care services and is an ideal setting for the development of patient care programs. Residents will be enabled to achieve their professional goals, become a leader within the profession, provide compassionate care for members in their community, and contribute to the Walgreen Company's mission of advancing community pharmacy practice.

Program Highlights

  • Direct patient care delivered both at Walgreens and the NOAH clinics (
  • Provide patient care services, including medication therapy management (MTM), health testing, immunizations, disease state management and prevention and wellness programs.
  • Public health activities including community outreach programs and attending a DOCARE medical mission.
  • Design and conduct a practice based research project.
  • Participate in corporate-level electives including pharmacy management and store operations and Walgreens corporate - clinical program and quality.

The application deadline for this program is January 6th

Contact person and information:

Nikki Christofferson, Pharm.D. 
Residency Program Director  and Healthcare Specialty Supervisor

Pharmacy:  602.732.3384

Albertsons Companies (Safeway) Pharmacy Residency Partnership

Safeway and Midwestern University College of Pharmacy have partnered to provide an opportunity for residents to engage in direct patient care services and to gain experience working interprofessionally in community pharmacy. Residents have opportunities to provide direct patient care in a community pharmacy and in an ambulatory care clinic. Residents complete a teaching certificate through Midwestern University and build on their management skills through Safeway's Professional Development Program. This program fosters development of core competencies in teaching, precepting, management, leadership, research, and innovation.

Program Highlights

  • Provide patient care services, including medication therapy management (MTM), travel health, diabetes education, and immunizations.
  • Collaborate with health care providers to improve disease state management in an ambulatory care clinic environment through the NOAH Clinic
  • Develop and implement new disease state management programs and new clinical services.
  • Manage and lead a profitable pharmacy that is clinically effective.
  • Participate in the corporate-level decision making process including pharmacy operations planning meetings, recruiting, and compliance.

The application deadline for this program is January 6th

Contact person and information:

Conchetta Lesser, Pharm.D., BCACP
Residency Program Director
Office: 480-694-2967

Fry's Pharmacy Residency Partnership

The Fry's & MWU-CPG PGY-1 program sets itself apart from other community-based residencies due to its focus on diverse experiences within the Family Medicine Clinic, Dental Clinic, and teaching opportunities. Residents will have the opportunity at Fry's Pharmacy and the MWU Family Medicine/Multispecialty Clinic to conduct medication therapy management, diabetes, and anticoagulation management, immunizations, biometric screenings, community outreach, and leadership activities. The residency also provides experiences precepting and educating pharmacy students while completing the MWU-CPG Clinician Educators Program and conducting research at CPG. Graduates of the program will be proficient in clinical services and trained to be leaders and educators in the community, ambulatory care, and academic settings.

Program Highlights

·           Medication Therapy Management (MTM)

·           Pharmacist-administered biometric screenings

·           Pharmacist-administered immunizations

·           Health coaching and disease state management

·           Design and evaluate innovative clinical services

·         Practice patient care management in a community   pharmacy & family medicine clinic

·         Learn the critical elements of regulatory compliance, human resources, and fiscal management in a community pharmacy

·         Instruct Midwestern University College of Pharmacy—Glendale student pharmacists in a health screenings elective, interprofessional dental and weekly professional skills development course

·         Serve as a preceptor to Midwestern University College of Pharmacy—Glendale student pharmacists

·         Opportunity to conduct practice-based research

·         Complete MWU-CPG Clinician Educator’s Program

The application deadline for this program is January 6th

Amy Bailey, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Residency Program Director & Pharmacy Manager

Potter's House Apothecary Partnership

Potter's House Apothecary is a PCAB Accredited Compounding Pharmacy specializing in both sterile and general compounding. The purpose of the Potter's House Apothecary & MWU PGY1 program is to develop an innovative and creative clinical pharmacist who is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of patients in a community setting. The program is designed to provide residents with the opportunity to expand their knowledge base on a unique area of medicine, develop teaching skills, and expose them to business management of an independent pharmacy.

The resident will participate in clinical activities at Potter's House, collaborate with a local health care provider's office, and provide instruction to pharmacy students at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale. Upon completion of this program, the resident will have a solid knowledge base and experience in compounding pharmacy and will be well-prepared to serve in such a setting upon graduation.

Program Highlights

  • Practice patient care management in a compounding pharmacy
  • Collaborate with a local health care provider's office to provide patient care
  • Provide educational seminars to Potter's House patients
  • Provide clinical consults in the following areas of medicine:
  • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
    • Pediatrics/Autism, Wound Care, Pain Management, Podiatry, Sinus Therapy, Lower Respiratory, Thyroid, Veterinarian, Dentistry, Dermatology
  • Instruct Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale pharmacy students
  • Serve as a preceptor to Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale pharmacy students
  • Contribute to practice-based research
  • Complete a teaching certificate program
  • Present posters, abstracts and other research findings at professional conferences
  • Enhance knowledge on state and federal laws pertaining to compounding
  • Enhance knowledge on pharmacy operations and administration

The application deadline for this program is January 6th

Contact person and information:

Lisa Sims, Pharm.D.
Residency Program Director


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