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Research Certificate Program

Program Overview

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation standards list the advancement of pharmacy practice and improving patient care as a required competency for accredited residency programs. Many Arkansas residency programs fulfill this by requiring a research project as a component for successful completion of the residency. Residents may enter the residency with varying levels of experience and exposure to research and the research process. Therefore, residency preceptors and program directors may spend varying amounts of time to assure their residents are able to meet ASHP accreditation standards. This program helps to fill in the gaps and encourage residents to have a long-term research commitment.

The Residency Research Certificate Program offers support for residents and residency programs in Arkansas by providing basic information on how to approach research, manage a project, gather and analyze data, and disseminate findings. Over 100 individuals have completed the program which began in 2015. We provide seminars on topics such as developing a research question, establishing project timelines, calculating sample size, navigating the institutional review board (IRB), analyzing data using Excel, writing abstracts, and communicating project information in multiple formats. Pre-seminar work includes readings and reviews of ASHP’s recorded on-line research webinars. Required activities beyond seminar attendance include presentation of the proposed project at a Residency Research Forum, evaluation of a research presentation made by non-residents, presentation of the completed resident project in a formal setting, and submission of a research manuscript suitable for publication.

The Residency Research Forum serves as a venue for residents to present their project ideas and receive feedback from program directors and pharmacy researchers from around the state. The critical evaluation of a poster or presentation by a non-resident challenges residents to consider the components included in typical research projects from the perspective of the audience which can help inform their own formal project presentations. Writing a research manuscript is the final requirement and allows residents to further develop their abilities to disseminate findings that may change the practice of pharmacy. Upon completion of the program, the resident will receive a Residency Research Certificate.

In participating in the seminars and activities, residents are exposed to individuals who may provide guidance as they develop a project. While each resident will have a local project mentor or advisory committee, there may be questions regarding the information resources, research design, the IRB, statistics, or dissemination where individuals with more experience and who are directly involved in research on a daily basis can provide guidance. The seminars and activities help to provide those networking opportunities for residents.

Program Goal

The Program’s goal is to promote development of the skills necessary for research relevant to pharmacy practice and patient care and provide aid in the research process over the course of the residency.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Program and participation in all required components, the participant will:

  • Gain experience in the development, implementation, and management of an original research project.
  • Collect and evaluate data and perform statistical analyses to assess outcomes.
  • Acquire the necessary skills and confidence in disseminating research findings through presentation and manuscript writing for publication.
  • Become equipped to contribute to future pharmacy research through mentorship and personal scholarly activity.

Program Components

To be eligible to receive the Residency Research Certificate, the participant must satisfactorily complete each required component of the Program as described below. View the program materials.

  1. Complete ASHP Essentials of Practice-Based Research for Pharmacists per assigned schedule
  2. Participate in all Summer Seminar and Winter Seminar workshops and lectures
    • Two half-day seminars scheduled approximately in July/August and November/December and one video conference in January/February.
  3. Participate in the Residency Research Forum (September)
  4. Present current research at either local, state, regional, or national conference.
  5. Provide feedback on peer reviewed research of a non-resident (i.e. faculty, preceptor, or student)
    • Platform presentation, poster presentation, submitted manuscript, or other
  6. Submission of a manuscript suitable for publication describing the resident’s research.
    • Manuscript must follow author guidelines from a peer-reviewed journal.
    • Manuscript must include a description of the background, project rationale and detailed description of methods, results including any relevant figures and/or tables, and conclusions.
    • Residents will be asked to select whether or not they intend to seek publication and intended journal.

Interested in participating in the Research Certificate Program?

Lisa C Hutchison, Pharm.D., MPH
Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Chair, Research Certificate Program Committee
[email protected]


Teaching Certificate Program

In its accreditation statements for pharmacy residency programs, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists includes delivering effective education among the practice skills that should be taught during residency.  Programs that promote the development of teaching skills are beneficial to all residents since teaching is a component of almost all pharmacy positions, and development in teaching abilities among prospective faculty is especially valued by colleges and schools of pharmacy. Additionally, development of teaching skills is beneficial to preceptors who teach students and residents.

Since 2005, the UAMS College of Pharmacy has enrolled several hundred participants in its year-long Teaching Certificate Program (TCP). While originally developed for pharmacy residents, the program is now offered to residents, fellows, graduate students, preceptors, and faculty from affiliated programs across Arkansas to encourage development of teaching abilities.

For almost two decades, this statewide program has commenced with a two-day Summer Seminar to acquaint participants with the program requirements, introduce fundamental teaching skills, and provide a venue for professional networking with participants and program faculty. Additional hands-on teaching skills development occurs at a Winter Seminar later in the year. Most importantly, the TCP allows for individualized development as participants set their own teaching-specific goals to accomplish during the program year. Longitudinal development occurs through self-directed participation in teaching activities and continuous reflection on progress. Teaching goals are achieved through participating in one-on-one, small group, and large group teaching environments including didactic and experiential pharmacy education, interprofessional education, and clinically-based teaching activities. Participants receive formal multidirectional feedback on teaching activities from faculty, peers, and learners. Finally, the participant’s successful teaching development is reflected in a comprehensive online teaching portfolio submitted at the end of the program year.

Program Goal

The program’s goal is to promote and support the ongoing development of participants’ teaching and assessment skills, helping them serve as effective educators to learners of all types, including students, professional colleagues, and patients/families. Activities in the program are meant to be individualized according to the participant’s identified areas of needed teaching-specific professional development.

Program Objectives

View the complete syllabus.

Through participation in the program’s didactic seminars and workshops, self-directed teaching experiences, and reflective learning, the participant will:

  • Gain experience in delivering educational content using a diverse variety of methods
  • Individualize teaching and assessment methods according to learning setting and audience
  • Utilize effective assessment mechanisms to distinguish learners of varying content mastery
  • Provide meaningful, regular, and consistent feedback to learners in a sensitive and constructive manner
  • Articulate personal values, beliefs, and goals about teaching and learning into a written teaching philosophy
  • Engage in targeted continuous professional development through goal-setting, reflection, and feedback

Interested in participating in the Teaching Certificate Program?

Amy Franks, PharmD
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Director, Teaching Certificate Program
[email protected]

Registration and Enrollment Deadline

Participants should register for participation in the TCP no later than June 20 of the corresponding program year, starting July 1. Please contact the program director directly to ensure space is available.

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Amy Franks, Pharm.D.

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Education & Training

  • Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Research Fellowship, UAMS College of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, conferred with High Honors, UAMS College of Pharmacy
  • Pre-pharmacy studies, Ouachita Baptist University

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Director, UAMS College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
  • Lecturer, PHPR 7107 Drug Information
  • Lecturer, PHSC 7202 Pharmacology II
  • Lab Facilitator, PHPR 7105 Introduction to Patient-Centered Communication
  • Recitation Coordinator, PHPR 7203 Therapeutics I
  • Recitation Coordinator, PHPR 7302 Therapeutics II
  • Course Coordinator, Special Problems in Therapeutics (teaching-focused elective)

Research & Scholarly Interests

Faculty development, faculty productivity, resident development, qualitative analysis, effective teaching and learning methods

Honors & Awards

  • Nominee, 2019 UAMS Outstanding Woman Faculty Award
  • 2019 UAMS Phenomenal Woman Award
  • Education Award, Arkansas College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2015
  • 2011 Difference Maker, Ouachita Baptist University 125th Anniversary
  • UAMS Chancellor’s Faculty Teaching Award, 2005, 2008
  • College of Pharmacy Class of 2008 Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in Pharmacy Practice
  • Invited Faculty, Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of
  • Evidence-Based Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2006
  • UAMS College of Pharmacy Student Body Teacher of the Year Award, 2005
  • UAMS College of Pharmacy Dean’s Teaching Incentive Award, 2005
  • UAMS CARE (Compassion, Attitude, Respect, Excellence) Recognition, June 2004


  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Arkansas Pharmacists Association
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
  • Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, Beta Iota Chapter

Publications – PubMed
Publications – ResearchGate

Curriculum Vitae


Arkansas Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Residency


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the UAMS College of Pharmacy is designed to provide the resident with broad-based learning experiences in a pediatric environment. Through participation in the teaching certificate program and other teaching experiences, residents will further develop their communication skills and teaching abilities. Through participation in scholarly activities, residents will hone their problem-solving skills and ability to generate, interpret, and disseminate knowledge within their practice.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a pediatric hospital with a Level I trauma center in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is among the largest in the United States, serving children from birth to age 21.


Number of Positions: One
Starting Date: July 1

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the UAMS College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas, is accredited by ASHP.

Core Rotations (8)

  • Pharmacy Orientation
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Ambulatory Care
  • General Pediatrics
  • Research
  • Academic/Precepting of students (2 months) -May repeat PICU/NICU/TDM/CVICU

Longitudinal Experiences (5)

  • Pharmacy Staffing
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring/Call Service
  • Hematology/Oncology Clinic
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Postgraduate Research Certificate Program
  • Teaching Certificate Program

Elective Rotations (2)

  • Introduction to Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Core rotations can be repeated as electives

Additional Responsibilities/Projects Throughout the Year

  • Complete a medication use evaluation
  • Design and conduct a research project
  • Staffing one weekend per month
  • Clinical call coverage one weekend per month and a major holiday
  • Complete the UAMS College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
  • Complete the UAMS College of Pharmacy Residency Research Certificate Program
  • Therapeutics Recitation and PBL Pediatrics Elective


Each resident will receive:

  • Competitive annual stipend
  • Ten days paid time off to be used for vacation and sick leave, 10 state holidays and professional leave for attendance of state and national meetings per the discretion of the Residency Program Director
  • Financial assistance to attend ASHP Midyear Meeting
  • Life, health and liability insurance
  • One monogrammed lab coat

The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the UAMS College of Pharmacy is designed to provide the resident with broad-based learning experiences in a pediatric environment.


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Monday, December 6, 2021 2:00-5:00 pm (CST)

ASHP Accredited logoNumber of Positions: 4

Estimated Salary: $46,000

Estimated Starting Date: July 1

NMS Code: 178813



The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center is one of only twelve original residency programs that have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years. The UAMS Medical Center pharmacy residency program was established in 1956 and has been accredited by ASHP since 1963.  Our program offers each resident the flexibility needed to gain knowledge and experience in their area of interest. This allows each individual resident to pursue unique career goals while also becoming a well-rounded clinician. Upon successful completion of the program, trainees are awarded an ASHP Accredited Residency Certificate.

Program structure starting with 2022-2023 class

PGY1 Structure

Longitudinal Experiences:

  1. Medication Compliance, Quality, and Safety
  2. Pharmacy staffing

Additional responsibilities/projects throughout the year include:

  • Clinical consult coverage every 4th weekend and on state holidays
  • Design and conduct a residency project
  • Present at Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Present at Pharmacy Journal Club and Case Conference
  • Complete a medication use evaluation (MUE)
  • Therapeutics Recitation instruction
  • Participation in the Teaching Certificate Program through the UAMS College of Pharmacy


Each resident will receive:
  • 12 days paid time off for vacation and sick leave
  • 8 state holidays (number may vary slightly each year)
  • Professional leave for meetings
  • Financial assistance to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Midsouth Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • White coat, jacket, and (2) scrub sets
  • Business cards
  • Office space, pager, laptop, and iPad (all must be returned at end of residency)
  • Free, on-site, covered parking
  • Comprehensive health sciences library
  • Employer paid life and health insurance
  • Meal stipend, employee food discount on campus (20%), and merchant discounts in the community

PGY2 Opportunities

UAMS PGY1 Pharmacy residents who are considering a continuation of their training with a PGY2 residency are eligible to apply for early commitment to local programs.  Click on each program for more information.

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