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PGY2 - Psychiatric Pharmacy


The purpose of the residency year is to prepare pharmacist clinicians for patient care positions in the acute care psychiatry field. Residency graduates will function as integral members of interdisciplinary teams caring for individuals with psychiatric and neurologic disorders and will assume responsibility for patient-centered medication therapy. Through a wide variety of patient care, teaching and research experiences, the psychiatric clinical pharmacy specialist post residency will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to be the psychiatric medication specialist at his or her health care organization and a leader in psychiatric pharmacy. All residency graduates are equipped to attain Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy.  Additionally, he or she will be effective educators of other health care professionals, students, patients and the community on psychiatry-related topics.




  • Adult Psychotic Disorders (4 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal) (6 months)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry (4 weeks)
  • Psychiatric Consult Liaison (2 weeks)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (6 weeks)
  • State Hospital (4 weeks)
  • Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Staffing (3 weeks)
  • Orientation (4 weeks)



  • Crisis/Substance Abuse (4 weeks)
  • Women’s Mental Health (4 weeks)
  • Academia (4 weeks)


Explanation of the Calendar Year

  • July – November: Orientation, Acute Psychotic and Geropsychiatry rotations are completed during this half of the residency year.
  • December is designated as a “Research” Month. Time is devoted off-service for collecting and analyzing data of the resident’s project.
  • January – June: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry are completed during the final half of the residency year.



  • M. Lindsey Hedgepeth Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
  • Shauna Garris, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
  • J. Cameron Mitchell, PharmD, BCPP
  • Suzanne C. Harris, PharmD, BCPP


Staffing Component

Three 1-week staffing blocks over the course of the residency year and every third weekend. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, verifying medication orders, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all codes as the pharmacy member of the code team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapeutic situations as they may arise. Residents will also participate in the after-hours pharmacy clinical on-call program.


Seminars/Professional Meetings

Each resident is expected to attend the Annual Meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) in April.  ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (December) is optional and dependent upon the needs of the resident and program. Financial compensation may be provided for these educational experiences. Participation in resident poster sessions is encouraged at these meetings.


The resident is expected to liaise with the local student chapter of CPNP via presentations, outreach and attendance at chapter meetings.


Additional Requirements

Each resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Instructor.

  • Required Teaching:
    • Pharmaceutical Skills Laboratory, Teaching Assistant for Neurology / Psychiatry therapeutics module for UNC, and Psychiatry Elective at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    • Co-precept for students and pharmacy practice residents
    • Present a didactic lecture to pharmacy students via the Psychiatry/Neurology Module
  • Other Opportunities:
    • Facilitate recitation sessions
    • Participate in the Psychiatry Intern Lecture Series


Community Outreach: several opportunities for service-based learning are available through the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and Interfaith Council Homeless Shelter (IFC.) SHAC is a student-led organization whose mission is to provide free health services to local underserved individuals and communities, partner with communities to develop and implement sustainable programs, and create an interdisciplinary service learning environment for students in the health science programs at UNC.


Research and Publications: Each resident is required to complete one research project that includes IRB submission and approval, data analysis, presentation of results at a national meeting, and writing a manuscript of project. One publication submission is required during the residency year, however it does not have to be the same project manuscript.


RPD Contact Information

M. Lindsey Hedgepeth Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry

University of North Carolina Hospitals

Department of Pharmacy

CB# 7600

101 Manning Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 966-6945

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