MSDH Pharmacy Residency Program

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) offers a twelve-month Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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The MSDH Pharmacy

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Pharmacy is permitted through the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy as a Limited Closed Door Pharmacy. Pharmacy services are provided and preferentially priced prescription drugs (340B) are purchased (not all programs are 340B eligible) for dispensing only to clients receiving medical care through the public health system and programs within the state of Mississippi.

The MSDH Pharmacy focuses on specialty treatment and services for the MSDH HIV/STD Program. This specialty treatment and services is offered through a comprehensive system involving MSDH Pharmacy and Mississippi Ryan White program. Other services provided by the MSDH Pharmacy include those for clients within the MSDH Office of Comprehensive Reproductive Health, Office of Tuberculosis Control, Immunizations Division, Field Services, and Office of Epidemiology. Pharmacy services provided include:

  • Dispensing of medications
  • Claims processing
  • Prior authorization assistance
  • Copay assistance
  • Patient counseling
  • Patient education including provision of written educational literature
  • Patient management program
  • Free delivery to home, county health department, or healthcare clinic
  • Refill reminder calls

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency

The MSDH offers a twelve-month Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program which is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The residency program runs from July 1st through June 30th (12 months) each year. The resident is a full-time professional staff member working within an academic curriculum program through the Public Health Pharmacy.

The MSDH Public Health Pharmacy seeks to further build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and provide the resident with the knowledge and skills to become a competent practitioner in the community and public health practice settings. Graduates of this program will have the clinical competence and skills necessary to manage a community and/or public health practice; counsel, educate, and evaluate patients; manage multiple disease states for telehealth patients; teach students; and provide pharmaceutical care services to various multidisciplinary teams. In addition, graduates will be skilled in applying for, leading, managing, and determining tasks necessary for grant work and public health initiatives. Graduates of the program will be well versed in advocacy and public health policy

Practice Experiences

Throughout the year, residents are able to partake in multiple types of training environments and projects. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Independent Pharmacy practice at Flora Pharmacy and City Center Drugs
  • Telehealth/Remote Patient Monitoring Services through University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Center for Telehealth
  • MSDH's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Completion of a major research project designed to look at topics, disease states, data that relates to our work here at MSDH
  • Specialty Pharmacy Practice within our MSDH Pharmacy
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate Program through the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
  • Center for MS Health Policy Fellowship Program discussing health policy and advocacy efforts
  • Academic Detailing and Provider training on regarding many different topics (e.g., Opioids, Naloxone, Blood Lead Levels)

Previous Resident Projects

Business Plans

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Previous Residents

Application Information

Applicants must register online via the national Match web site at Our PGY-1 Community-Based Residency Match Code is 270715 and we participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PHORCAS).

Documents Required

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae
  2. A cover letter
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Transcript

In-person interviews are required and will be scheduled in January and February for Phase I of the match. If Phase II were to occur, virtual interviews will be scheduled late March early April. More information will be provided if you are chosen for an interview.

Eligibility Requirements

Status required by start date of employment:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy from an accredited college or university
  • Eligible for licensure in good standing with the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy
Contact Us

Residency Program Director
Anna Kathryn Lambert, PharmD

Residency Program Coordinator
Elisabeth Ashton Smith, PharmD
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