PGY1 Acute Care: Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC)

Message from the DirectorSheema hallaji

We are delighted that you are interested in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Cone Health Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC). Our ASHP accredited postgraduate program offers an exceptional residency experience that gives residents the opportunity to further strengthen their knowledge and skills in providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care to patients. The program is designed to develop leadership skills, clinical expertise, communication, and project management skills under the mentorship of dedicated preceptors.

Residency training at ARMC includes unique, well-rounded practice experiences in inpatient acute care and at affiliated ambulatory care sites throughout our community. Residents in this program will be integrated into our interdisciplinary patient care teams, engage in teaching and precepting experiences, and conduct IRB-approved research with the goal to improve pharmaceutical care within our institution.

Our preceptors are committed to developing strong foundations of lifelong learning and teaching in our residents. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment and the tools necessary for residents to achieve their professional long-term goals. The community atmosphere and focus on collaboration, teamwork, and optimizing patient care throughout our hospital creates the ideal learning environment for residents.

We hope you will continue to explore the PGY1 Residency Program at ARMC.

Sheema Hallaji, PharmD, BCPS

Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists. Residency-trained clinical pharmacists are responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Education Competency Areas

  1. Patient Care
  2. Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  3. Leadership and Management
  4. Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
  5. Pharmacy Research
  6. Management of Medical Emergencies

Program Overview and Rotations

Program Overview

The Alamance Regional Medical Center PGY1 residency program is designed to develop community-based pharmacist leaders with the ability to provide patient-centered pharmaceutical care as an integral member of the health care team. The program provides residents with opportunities to improve medication therapy and work collaboratively with health care providers in the acute inpatient and various ambulatory care settings.

Residents are required to complete a research project, participate in medication use evaluations, and present an ACPE-accredited CE program to healthcare professionals in our hospital system. Precepting experience is gained while co-precepting students from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and High Point University Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.

Residents staff every other weekend during orientation period and then transition to once a week and every fourth weekend. Residents are expected to cover one winter holiday (Christmas or Thanksgiving) and one minor holiday shift (Memorial Day or Labor Day) during their residency year.

Upon completion of the program, residents will have the skills necessary to practice as independent and confident clinicians in multiple patient care settings. As a member of the Cone Health System, our PGY1 residents are able to enter the early commitment process for PGY2 Resident positions within Cone Health.

Required Rotations:

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology/Oncology

Longitudinal Rotations/Experiences:

  • Project Management/Research Management
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate
  • Teaching and Precepting
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Staffing (One day a week and every 4th weekend)
  • Open Door Clinic


Current Preceptors

Brandon Beers, PharmD, BCCP

Matt Carwile, PharmD, BCPS

Alex Chappell, PharmD

Abby Ellington, PharmD, BCPS

Sandra Faucette, PharmD

Rodney Grubbs, PharmD, BCPS

Sheema Hallaji, PharmD, BCPS

Keri Harrison, PharmD

Lisa Kluttz, PharmD, BCPS

Walid Nazari, PharmD

Kishan Patel, PharmD, BCPS

Amy Thompson, PharmD, MBA, MS, BCPS

Dustin Zeigler, PharmD, BCPS

Current Residents


Application Deadline is January 6th, 2023!

All Cone Health pharmacy residencies participate in the National Matching Service (NMS) match program. Applicants should register and apply through the central residency application, ASHP’s PhORCAS.

Please visit the PGY1 Acute Care: Alamance Regional Medical Center – Cone Health ASHP residency listing, found here.

When applying through PhORCAS, prospective residents should complete the following:

    • Provide a current curriculum vitae and letter of intent.
    • Request an official transcript of your grades to be forwarded directly to the PhORCAS Transcripts Department.
    • Ask three references who are familiar with your professional and academic background to complete reference documents in PhORCAS. We prefer that you ask clinical faculty members and/or employers to provide your references.
      • We request that your references include comments in at least 10 of the 13 comment boxes on the form in place of writing a traditional letter of recommendation.
      • The program-specific comment box is optional.
    • Complete a Cone Health supplemental application and upload it with your PhORCAS application

Additional Information

Residency Recruitment Information

  • Join us at our live webinar on Wednesday, November 30th at this link to learn more about our program!