FAMU-CoPPS/Apalachee Center Inc. Residency Program


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program began in 2009 through the partnership between Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and Apalachee Center,  Inc (FAMU/ACI). is a combined program offered by Florida A&M University. The program is designed for pharmacy graduates with a strong interest in acute psychiatric care, geriatric medicine, ambulatory care, and academia with balanced training in clinical service and education. Each curriculum is individualized to provide the Resident an opportunity to build upon previously acquired knowledge and skills to assume a progressive clinical role confidently.


FAMU CoPPS,IPH and Community Health Northwest Florida.

Apalachee Center is an acute care psychiatric facility that has been providing inpatient and outpatient services dedicated to helping the individuals and families of North Florida succeed in recovering from emotional, psychiatric, and substance abuse crises.


The patient demographics that will be encountered are multi-faceted. There will be opportunities to work with various populations, including geriatrics, indigent patients, patients with psychiatric disorders, and underserved populations. In addition to Apalachee Center, Inc., training sites may include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Florida State Hospital, FSU PrimaryHealth, and others.

Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
Pharmacy Practice Residency Program



The Resident will develop sound clinical practice and accountability throughout the year,  including assessing the impact of interventions and recommendations on patient care outcomes. The program’s clinical, professional, and academic goals are designed to provide the Resident with professional growth, experience, and additional licensing opportunities.

  • Develop and maintain interdisciplinary relationships by interacting effectively with health care teams to manage patients’ medication therapy.
  • Interact effectively with patients, family members, and caregivers.
  • Collect, analyze, and assess information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy.
  • Design or redesign safe and effective patient-centered therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans).
  • Demonstrate personal, interpersonal, and teamwork skills critical for effective leadership.
  • Obtain training to become a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
  • Receive the FAMU or American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) teaching
  • Obtain individualized certification and training based on professional interest.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups).
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals.
  • Design effective educational strategies and appropriate assessment of strategies.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills through research and manuscript publication.


Clinical rotations are offered in a variety of settings. Activities may include but are not limited to internal medicine rounds, patient interviewing, patient education, medication therapy management, physical assessment, and the development of institutional pharmacy protocols.

The Resident will have the opportunity to attend various conferences and seminars, facilitate patient group sessions, speak at clinical symposiums and continuing education meetings, and serve as an instructor  and preceptor to pharmacy students.

Core rotations are offered in:

  • Psychiatric Medicine
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Administration 
  • Academia

Longitudinal activities include: 

  • Discharge Counseling 
  • Patient Education Groups
  • Teaching Opportunities
  • Precepting PharmD Candidates
  • Continuing Education Programs

Depending on preceptor scheduling, the following elective rotations may be available:

  • Geriatric Medicine 
  • General Medicine 
  • Palliative Care 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Ambulatory Care


The Resident must be a self-motivated, innovative individual who can critically think and multitask to complete projects in a timely fashion. The Resident must be assertive and work under pressure while maintaining a high standard of timely, quality work and professionalism.

Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
Pharmacy Practice Residency Program


The Pharmacy Practice Residency offers many benefits, including:

  • Competitive stipends. 
  • Select Federal holidays off. 
  • Time off for attendance at professional meetings and seminars. 
  • Assistance with additional certification and licensing. 
  • Copying privileges. 
  • Access to medical center library and resources. 
  • Opportunities to attend Continuing Education programs.


To be admitted to the FAMU/ACI PGY1 residency program, the candidate must have the following: 

  • Required: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an accredited institution before the residency.
  • Selected candidates must be licensed as a pharmacist before or within 90 days of starting the first year of the clinical residency.
  • Completed application
  • Letter of intent
  • Up to date Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (two from clinical pharmacy practitioners who directly worked with the applicant)
  • Unofficial Transcript (Official Transcript will be required for the hiring process)
  • Copies of researchpublications, and/or certifications
  • After applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview.

For questions, please email soheyla.mahdavian@famu.edu

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Program Director

Soheyla Mahdavian, PharmD, BCGP