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PGY1 Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residency

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in collaboration with SunRay Drugs and the University of North Carolina.

Program Overview

The PGY1 independent pharmacy ownership residency program will prepare graduates to be entrepreneurs and pharmacy owners in an evolving healthcare market. It will help them obtain the skills, confidence and experience to create viable business models for independent community pharmacy in the future.

As a fully integrated member of the team at the residency site, you will:

  • Learn first-hand what works and what areas could be improved upon in a community pharmacy, and influence positive change at your practice site,
  • Partner with experienced practitioners to initiate new programs and expand and enhance existing services,
  • Provide fresh perspectives and insights for the site staff,
  • Travel to professional meetings and conferences at the state, regional and national level to engage with the profession and enhance learning experiences.

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SunRay Drugs

The primary training site for the PGY1 Community Practice Residency will be SunRay Drugs, the largest independent pharmacy chain in Philadelphia .  SunRay Drugs provides services to its patients that include medication therapy management, immunizations, a post-discharge medication management service (Project ACT NOW), blister packaging, and community outreach events.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at USciences

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) at USciences is the oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. Since its origin in 1821, the College has continued to be a leader in pharmacy education. Besides the flagship program, the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy degree, pharmacy-related baccalaureate programs are offered in the areas of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology and Toxicology. PCP also offers graduate degrees in Pharmaceutics (MS, PhD), Pharmacology and Toxicology (MS, PhD), and Pharmacy Administration (MS, PhD). Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at USciences offers degrees in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business (BS), Biomedical Writing (MS), Health Policy (MS, PhD), Public Health (MPH), and Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business (MBA).



  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finances

Electives (based on interest and availability):

  • Transitions of care
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Compounding
  • Managed care
  • Academia
  • Ambulatory care

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Patient care services
  • Patient-centered staffing
  • Quality improvement projects
  • New service implementation and evaluation
  • Pharmacy ownership business plan

Other Experiences:

Teaching Responsibilities

The teaching responsibilities of the PGY1 resident are individualized and may include precepting Doctor of Pharmacy students on introductory or advanced pharmacy practice experiences, small and large group teaching in Doctor of Pharmacy Therapeutics or elective courses, and/or serving as an instructor in the Practical Lab and Case Studies or Clinical Pharmacy Skills course. These activities will involve approximately 400 total instructional hours per year. The PGY1 resident will also prepare and present one ACPE-accredited continuing education program.

The PGY1 resident is required to participate in a 12-month Teaching Certificate Program.

Application Requirements and Process

Required Qualifications

  • Received a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy by June 30th
  • Eligible for pharmacist licensure in PA
Application requirements

Application materials include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, three recommendation forms, and official college transcripts. 

This residency program does not participate in the match. All application materials should be submitted to PGY1ComResidency@usciences.eduby January 16, 2017.  An unofficial transcript can be submitted with the online application but an official transcript must be sent via mail to the program director:

Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCACP
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street, Box 34
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

An on-site interview will also be required.

Please email  with any questions.


Karleen Melody, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy


Office Location: Griffith Hall,
Room 120A
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495