PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program


Program Overview


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Azalea Health provides a comprehensive training opportunity in an outpatient setting.

Upon completion of this residency program, residents will be competent and compassionate practitioners providing direct patient care in various health care environments, demonstrating skills in educating both patients and health professionals. Residents will gain experience in management of chronic disease states and appropriate medication therapy, ultimately improving patient health status and reducing complications that lead to emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

Azalea Health’s PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency is accredited by ASHP-APHA. Additionally, Azalea Health is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and has Primary Care, Medical Home, and Dental Home certifications.

Learning Goals


Azalea Health’s Community Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program with two residents. During the year, residents will experience and train in the clinical care of patients in an outpatient setting. It serves as a valuable learning environment that will provide the resident with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and warfarin therapy, in addition to other disease states that are commonly encountered in primary care. Improved management of chronic disease states and appropriate medication therapy are expected to help improve the patient’s health status and reduce complications that lead to emergency room visits and hospital admissions. The residents have the opportunity to develop skills and techniques necessary to properly educate patients through patient interviews and obtaining medication histories.


Resident Learning Activities


During the first month of the residency, the resident will spend time becoming oriented to Azalea Health. There are multiple pharmacist-managed clinics including anticoagulation clinic, diabetes education clinic and medication therapy management clinic. The resident will also have the opportunity to teach and interact with students during their APPE ambulatory care rotations.

During the course of the program, the resident will have the opportunity to develop and implement the following programs, or others, such as: Heart Failure Management, Cholesterol Management, Tobacco Cessation Education, Hepatitis C Management, Expanding clinics to other sites.

Residents will also have an opportunity to participate in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program.

About the 340B Pharmacy

As a Federally Qualified Heath Center (FQHC), Azalea Health operates in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas and or Medically Underserved areas or populations. As a 340B healthcare organization, Azalea Health is able to provide pharmaceutical help at a discounted rate to qualifying patients seen within the Azalea Health system. Currently, Azalea Health has been chosen as a best practice site by the Office of Pharmacy Affairs and as a Leading Practice site among other 340B programs. Residents will actively participate in improving 340B programs through APhA's Peer-To-Peer Mentor Program. Residents will be expected to participate in the P2P monthly meetings and webinars, as well as the online community forums.

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Meet the Residency Program Director

Melissa Chruscinski is the Clinical Pharmacy Services Coordinator and Residency Program Director at Azalea Health. She serves the University of Florida, Florida A&M University and LECOM as a Clinical Assistant Professor for APPE rotational students.

Dr. Chruscinski received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and was the first resident to complete the residency at Azalea Health. She received a teaching certificate from the University of Florida in 2011. She received board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist in 2012. Dr. Chruscinski has served as a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy manager in 2 different locations since finishing her residency with Azalea Health. Dr. Chruscinski’s current responsibilities include disease state management for anticoagulation, diabetes mellitus, hepatitis C and Medication Therapy Management clinic. Current professional memberships include Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA), American Pharmacist Association (APhA), American Society of Health—System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

Application Requirements


Pharmacy Residents must be:

  • A graduate of an ACPE-Accredited college of pharmacy with a Pharm D or another advanced professional pharmacy degree.
  • A U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.A.
  • Eligible for Florida Licensure (this should be obtained by July 31, 2019)


  • Stipend of $47,500
  • Medical and Dental Insurance (beginning after 90 days probationary period)
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 12 Days Paid Vacation/Personal Time Off
  • Professional Leave and Travel Allowance to Attend National and Regional Meetings


Candidates will submit application through PhORCAS and Match.
Application to be submitted through PhORCAS with the following items:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official College Transcripts


January 5, 2020. On-site interviews in January/February 2020.