APhA Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (APhA SCDI)

For Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training
APhA Live Offerings
Whether starting a new community-based resident training program or working on the quality improvement of an existing program, the APhA Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (APhA SCDI) for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training program provides participants with the essential knowledge and skills required to systematically design, develop and implement a community-based, longitudinal structured pharmacy residency training program by applying established principles, structure and methods from educational curriculum design and educational theory.
Program participants initially complete multiple, on-line training modules to introduce requisite foundational concepts and knowledge including an introduction to educational theory and curricula development, residency types and structure, and the application of accreditation standards to support effective and efficient resident training. After completion of the online training, participants participate in a live 8-hour session containing both didactic- and discussion-based active learning experiences and exercises. During the live session participants will engage in applying knowledge and skills while working through a systematically designed process management approach to effectively and efficiently create an educationally sound, effectively structured, well-designed, and appropriately implemented e-community-based longitudinal resident training program.
Program Components
Online Modules – Series of six online modules of didactic learning providing background on accreditation, curriculum development and other pertinent material – completed at your convenience prior to the live workshop.
Live Workshop – An interactive, active learning experience where you take the concepts learned in the online modules and apply them using a systematic process assisted by tools and resources. Application of skills will be used on participants own program materials brought to the workshop.
Online Modules Objectives:
After the completion of the online pre-work modules, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the foundational components and approaches to curricular design and educational theory.
  2. Describe the purpose of PGY1 pharmacy residency training and describe similarities/ differences to doctor of pharmacy degree programs.
  3. Describe the purpose and application of accreditation standards and the application of standards to the development of effective residency training programs.
  4. List outcomes/competencies of community-based care residency programs.
Live Seminar Learning Objectives:
After the completion of the live seminar, participants will be able to: 
  • Explain the foundational components and approaches to curricular design and educational theory.
  • Develop a structured framework for a community-based care residency training program that balances competency emphasis in accordance to the purpose of the program and accreditation standards.
  • Identify, name and define the required (core) and elective learning experiences to include in a community-based residency to meet the individual needs of a program, the requirements of accreditation standards and the resources available to the program (preceptors, services, practice sites).
  • Evaluate required and elective objectives and assign appropriately and efficiently to identified learning experiences.
  • Organize the structure, flow and arrangement of required and elective learning experiences.
  • Develop content for community-based residency learning experiences including the development of general description for each learning experience, specific learning activities to achieve specific learning objectives, evaluation methods and techniques, expectations for resident progression over time, interactions and evaluation methods.
  • Create a learning experience description using tools such as the PharmAcademic™ learning experience template.
  • Explain essential components for implementation and conducting the residency program (initial assessment, orientation, precepting, evaluation, resident monitoring).
  • Identify and describe strategies for initial assessment of resident knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Explain residency training requirements for the development and routine update of an individual resident development plan.
  • Create a resident individual development plan.
  • Explain and apply methods for clinical problem solving preceptor skills to enable the resident to function independently.
  • Explain types of required evaluations used in residency training and when and where each type is used.
  • Demonstrate skills in developing high quality written resident summative evaluations (with useful and concise qualitative comments) and effective formative feedback designed to facilitate resident improvement of performance, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Develop and implement a plan for ongoing residency program maintenance, monitoring, and quality improvement.
Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Instructions on how to obtain 10.75 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit (1.075 CEUs) for completing "Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (SCDI) for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training" will be distributed at the live workshop.
APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the test. Please visit CPE Monitor for your transcript.
ACPE Universal Activity Numbers: 
0202-0000-16-131-H04-P (Online Modules)
Initial Release Date: July 1, 2016
Expiration Date: July 1, 2019
2.75 contact hours
0202-0000-16-105-L04-P (Live Seminar)
Initial Release Date: March 4, 2016
Expiration Date: March 4, 2019
8.0 contact hours
Activity Types:  
Online Modules: Knowledge-based
Live Seminar: Application-based
Target Audience:  residency program directors, site coordinators, preceptors and residents who are preparing to undergo a community pharmacy residency accreditation/reaccreditation visit
Activity Fee
There is a $295 fee for APhA members and a $595 fee for nonmembers to participate in this activity. Become an APhA member now and enroll at the member rate.
Special Offerings
APhA arranges special offerings of the Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (APhA SCDI) Program for individual organizations, virtually and on-site at the individual organization location.
To inquire about fees and availability for Special Offerings contact James A. Owen, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Vice President of Practice and Science.
Technology requirements and suggestions for a better learning experience.
In order to participate in this activity, participants must have access to a computer with these minimum system requirements:
Hardware Requirements
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 16-bit video card capable of 1024x768 screen resolution or better
  • Speakers or headphones

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows Users
  • Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Windows NT 4.0 SP6a, Windows 2000 SP4, or Windows XP Service Pack 1,Service Pack 2, or Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or later, Firefox 1.5 or later, or Chrome
  • Apple Users
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • Safari, Firefox, or Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player Version 10
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Additional software (for, Windows, Mac OS and all other operating systems, including mobile platforms)
Please contact the APhA Education Department at Education@aphanet.org