Community Pharmacy Residency Program
Thanks to a creative partnership between Community Pharmacy and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, there is a unique option for pharmacy students for their post-graduate training. Deeatra Craddock, PharmD, BCACP, is Community Pharmacy’s Residency Director collaborating with Texas Tech.
“In addition to the traditional choices of hospitals, we want students to know we offer a special opportunity to complete a residency at an independently owned pharmacy,” Craddock said. “At Community Pharmacy, residents have training opportunities focused on entrepreneurial skills, compounding, teaching, and research. It is like getting three to five years’ experience in one year.”
Craddock emphasizes the Community Pharmacy team begins the review of residency candidates six months ahead of the program summer start date. While the intention is to attract pharmacy students within the north Texas region, the first two residents arrived in Denton from the University of Wisconsin (Robert Hetue, 2019) and North Dakota State University (Kelly Moline, 2020).
“There were so many attractive elements to doing my residency at Community Pharmacy,” Hetue said. “This is definitely not a cookie cutter setup as there are so many components for residents to be involved, such as ambulatory care, teaching, and the compounding lab setting. The breadth of experience available was a huge advantage in beginning my career.”
“The level of care provided by the professionals at Community Pharmacy is so evident and very assuring,” Moline added. “I enjoy working with so many experienced pharmacists and support team. I am not sure I would be able to get this kind of hands-on training anywhere else.”
Craddock quickly points to many upsides to participating in a residency program.
“The residents bring new found energy and fresh ideas to the pharmacy landscape. They are newly trained and help all of us stay current.”