Residency Programs

Walgreens and Howard University Community Pharmacy Residency Program

Walgreens and the Howard University College of Pharmacy are united in their commitment to train future champions in the community pharmacy arena. This postgraduate year one learning experience is based in our Nation’s Capital that serves a diverse patient population. Participation in this residency program that will encourage the resident’s creativity and enhance practice skills as they find ways to address unique healthcare challenges in the community pharmacy setting.

The purpose of the Walgreens and Howard University Community Pharmacy Residency Program is to provide a postgraduate training program to prepare pharmacists for management and leadership for Walgreens specialty stores. This program seeks to develop a pharmacist that will be able to partner with any hospital system to provide essential transitional care services. This program will also produce a well-rounded professional who will have business acumen, heightened awareness of regulatory issues affecting the practice and experience in providing practical pharmacy education for students. Completion of this program will also prepare a pharmacist to embrace a career in academia.

Residency Learning Opportunities 

  • Bedside medication delivery and counseling
  • Transition of Care Community Pharmacy Clinic
  • Serving as a preceptor for IPPE and APPE students
  • Advocacy for local pharmacy policy
  • Design and conduct a practice-based research project
  • Presentations at regional and national professional meetings
  • Disease state management programs in HIV/AIDS, Oncology, COPD, and Hepatitis C
  • Executing marketing strategy for the promotion of patient care services
  • Solicitation of grant and contract funding
  • Mentor student organizations to facilitate outreach events


Residency Program Benefits 

  • Competitive stipend
  • Comprehensive medical plan
  • Travel allowance for pharmacy-related conferences
  • Residents are eligible for Paid Time Off (PTO). The rate at which you accrue your PTO will be based on your years of service, average hours per week, and position.  Resident phar- macists may accrue approximately 15 days (120 hours) de- pending on average hours worked and time in position.


Candidate Requirements

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a college or school of phar- macy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Completion of 400 practice experience hours prior to the start of the residency program
  • District of Columbia pharmacist license within 60 days of the start of the residency program
  • Completed on-line application at
  • Submission of residency application materials to Pharmacy
  • Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent explaining why you are pursuing a community pharmacy residency and what you hope to gain from the residency program
  • Official university transcripts
  • On-site interview (upon invitation)
  • Presentation at on-site interview on a topic related to community pharmacy
  • Individuals must participate and adhere to the rules of the ASHP Resident Matching Program


Application Process

A completed application and all accompanying materials must be submitted no later than January 15th, 2019


The residency in Managed Care at Trusted Health Plan Washington DC, in conjunction with Howard University College of Pharmacy, is a one-year, post-Pharm.D. specialized training program. Pharmacists who complete this program will receive advanced training in clinical management, health economics, and outcomes research in a managed care setting. Since 1868, Howard University College of Pharmacy has provided exemplary graduate and doctorate pharmaceutical education to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential. Trusted Health Plan has been in partnership with Howard University College of Pharmacy since 2013, providing advanced practice experience for 4th year pharmacy students. The partnership grew to include the development of a 2-year post-graduate health outcomes research pharmacy fellowship in 2016. Established in 2018, the PGY-1 Managed Care Residency program provides experience in delivering direct patient care and project management experiences that will prepare a pharmacist for future administrative and clinical roles in managed care practice, and/or academia. Residents can expect to be an integral part of the formulary management process by presenting at quarterly Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) meetings, evaluating new drug literature and utilization patterns, researching and updating medical and pharmacy policies, and supporting disease-state management programs. Residents will also participate in medication therapy management (MTM) programs for members, learn about pharmacy and medical benefit design, work with cutting edge informatics and technology (IT).

Program Requirements 

  • PharmD candidate from a U.S. - accredited program
  • Eligible for licensure in Washington, D.C. 
  • Strong analytical abilities 
  • Strong Communication, written and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Travel requirements may include physician site visits, client meetings and conventions


Program Highlights 

  • Competitive stipend 
  • Full, comprehensive medical benefits
  • Paid holidays and vacation days
  •  Travel expense budget for national meetings
  • Training and certifications fees reimbursed


Selection Process

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts for all pharmacy education
  • Three letters of recommendation from health care professionals who can attest to your practice abilities and aptitudes
  •  Written statement summarizing why you are pursuing this residency at Trusted Health Plan and detailing your career objectives


Tamara Cants

Tamara Ayanna McCants, PharmD

Director of Residency Programs and Practice Transformation

Profile Type: Faculty

School / College: College of Pharmacy

Department / Office: Health Sciences and Management

Additional Position: Residency Program Director Walgreens/Howard University Community Pharmacy Residency Program, Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences