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 Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (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.  

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of both the online and live in-person training, 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.

Learning Level: 3

Activity Type:

  • Online Modules: Knowledge-based
  • Live Seminar: Application-based

Target Audience: Residency Program Directors, Site Coordinators, Preceptors and Residents

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  The pre-workshop learning component of the APhA SCDI® for Community-based Pharmacy Residency Education and Training is approved for 2.75 hours (02.75 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-16-131-H04-P). The live workshop is approved for 8 hours (0.8 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-16-105-L04-P). To obtain CPE credit successfully complete the pre-workshop learning component, attend live seminar in full, successfully complete post seminar activity, evaluation questions, and CLAIM credit. Participants will need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.  

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this 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.

ACPE Universal Activity Numbers:
0202-0000-16-131-H04-P (Pre-Workshop Modules)
Initial Release Date: July 1, 2016
Expiration Date: July 1, 2019  - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE
0202-0000-16-105-L04-P (Live Seminar)
Initial Release Date: March 4, 2016  - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER 60 DAYS FROM LIVE EVENT


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


James Owen, Bpharm, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Vice President, Practice and Science Affairs, American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC


James Owen, Bpharm, PharmD, BCPS and APhA's editorial staff declare 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 visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.

Activity Fee

There is a $350 fee for APhA members and $575 fee for nonmembers to participate in this activity. Become an APhA member now and enroll at the member rate.  If becoming a member at this time, please allow for 1-2 days for the membership to take affect before purchasing this learning product.  This will allow you to receive the APhA member rate.


Please contact the APhA Education Department at Education@aphanet.org