Residency Program

Residency Programs Overview


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Thank you for your interest in our Residency Programs. For over 45 years our program has been training residents to become confident and competent practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges facing pharmacy practice both now and in the future. We measure our success each year through the ability of our graduates to obtain the most competitive specialty residencies, fellowships, academic, and clinical positions available. Our commitment to continued excellence guarantees that our program will only strengthen in the future.

The residency selection process is an important professional decision, an investment that will reap rewards for many years to come. We are pleased that you are interested in a Duke Residency and hope that you complete an application to our program.


Duke University Hospital (DUH) is an academic medical center and serves as the flagship of Duke University Health System (DUHS), which includes two community hospitals, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital, as well as affiliations with other hospitals in the region, community based primary care practices, home care, infusion services and hospice care.

A tertiary and quaternary care facility, Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the top hospitals in the United States. It offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including the newly built Duke Medicine Pavilion, a Level 1 regional emergency/trauma center, an extensive complement of major surgery suites, a comprehensive cancer center recognized as one of 40 National Cancer Institute's across the country, an Eye Center, the Duke Heart Center and the Children's Health Center. The facility also functions as a research hospital with a federally funded general clinical research unit where medical advances are achieved and applied and as a teaching hospital for students of medicine, nursing, and the allied health sciences.

The Department of Pharmacy (DOP) at DUH provides a broad range of modern pharmacy services. Our mission is to care for patients by assuming responsibility for the medication use process. Research and education are integral parts of this process. Patient wellness is the endpoint and focus of our collective efforts. The DOP is comprised of approximately 300 full time employee positions, employing over 450 professionally and technically skilled individuals.

Department of Pharmacy Mission and Vision

Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Moments to Movement (M2M) is Duke Health’s collective stand against systemic racism and injustice. The name signifies going beyond passive moments of reflection and becoming more active as we build a movement to make lasting change for our patients, their loved ones and each other. Moments to Movement is our pledge to stand against racism in all its forms, to be self-aware and to make equitable choices daily. That is how we create a community that is stronger, healthier and more just.

Duke recognized by Forbes as one of the "Best Employers for Diversity" in 2019.

Information Technology

Duke is a historical leader in using information technology for patient care. Residents have access to a variety of electronic resources essential for providing progressive pharmaceutical care. Physicians enter their orders electronically into a computerized order entry system that prevents errors. Drug information tools, patient records, robotics, automated dispensing cabinets, smart pumps, adverse drug event monitoring software, and interfaced physician/pharmacist order entry systems are just a few key examples of clinical informatics available to support patient care. Pharmacists enjoy access to the complete electronic patient record from widely deployed clinical workstations as well as from laptop computers connected wirelessly campus-wide.


Each resident delivers formal presentations at Pharmacy Grand Rounds. Residents actively contribute in case study presentations and clinical teaching. Pharmacy residents will have the opportunity to teach allied health professionals including medical, nursing, and physical therapy students. Residents also have the opportunity to precept pharmacy students on clinical rotations from both Campbell University and The University of North Carolina Schools of Pharmacy.

Teaching and Learning Certificate

Longitudinal program offered to all Duke residents.  The Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) program consists of 10 monthly workshops providing didactic and interactive discussions.  Participants are assigned a mentor for the year and have numerous opportunities to teach and apply principles learned during the program.


The ongoing development of research skills is an essential component of a residency program. Each resident completes a formal residency project suitable for publication in a selected area of pharmacy practice. Resident research projects are presented at the Southeastern Residency Conference. Many rotations / experiences provide opportunities to participate in ongoing clinical trials and studies.


Paid Time Off (PTO)

Residents accrue 35 paid time off (PTO) days during the 12 month program.  Fifteen days of PTO may be used for scheduled personal leave. The remaining PTO is available for illness, attendance at professional meetings and interviews. Residents receive payment for unused PTO at the completion of the residency program and departure from Duke.

Health Benefits

Health coverage for you and your immediate family is available through optional Duke Health Care Plans.


Each resident is provided with an alpha-numeric pager.

On-Call Services

No formal in-house call is required; however rotations are associated with after hours service responsibility.

Office Space

Office space is provided for the residents in the South Pharmacy area. Located within the office are a copier, fax machine, printers, telephone with voice mail, and refrigerator.

Computer Services

The Department of Pharmacy is connected by a computer network allowing access to many different software and database programs. Residents are provided notebook computers.

Library Facilities

Residents have check-out and copier privileges at the Medical Center Library located on the Medical Center campus. The library also provides on-line access to numerous journals.



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