APhA SCDI® for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training

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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.

Activity Type: 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
Learning Level: Level 3

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Special Offerings Available - APhA can arrange 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.

Goals and Learning Objectives

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.

Online Modules Learning Objectives

At the completion of the online pre-work modules, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the foundational components and approaches to curricular design and educational theory.
  • Describe the purpose of PGY1 pharmacy residency training and describe similarities/ differences to doctor of pharmacy degree programs.
  • Describe the purpose and application of accreditation standards and the application of standards to the development of effective residency training programs.
  • List outcomes/competencies of community-based care residency programs.
Live Seminar Learning Objectives

After the completion of the live seminar, the learner 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.
Accreditation Information 

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The APhA SCDI® for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training is approved for a total of 10.75 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit (1.075 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (UAN) for this activity are listed below.

  • Successful completion of the online modules involves passing the self-study assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and will result in 2.75 contact hours of CPE credit (.275 CEUs). ACPE UAN: 0202-0000-16-131-H04-P
  • Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, completing the online assessment with a grade of 70% or higher, and online evaluation. Successful completion of this component will result in 8 contact hours of CPE credit (0.8 CEU). ACPE UAN: 0202-0000-16-105-L04-P

To obtain 10.75 contact hours of CPE credit (1.075 CEUs) for APhA SCDI® for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Trainingthe learner must complete all components listed above, and CLAIM credit for each component. Participants will need to have a valid APhA ( username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s My Training page on

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment 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 assessment.

Online Modules Release Date: July 1, 2016
Online Modules Expiration Date: July 1, 2019  NO Home Study credit granted after this date

Live Seminar Release Date: March 4, 2016
Expiration Date: 
July 1, 2016  Live Credit can only be granted within 60 days from the day of the seminar attended.


APhA SCDI® for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training is a live activity for pharmacists and was developed by the American Pharmacists Association. Copyright © 2016 by the American Pharmacists Association. 

Acknowledgements and Disclosures
  • James Owen, Bpharm, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Vice President, Practice and Science Affairs, American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC
  • James Owen, Bpharm, PharmD, BCPS declares no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. 
  • For complete APhA staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at  

System Requirements

Computer and Internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.