Located in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, Mission Hospital is the largest facility in the Mission Health System, serving an 18 county area of Western North Carolina. This 815-bed community teaching hospital was ranked one of the 50 Best Hospital in America from 2020-2023 by Healthgrades and recognized by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade with an A. We are the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care, a comprehensive stroke center and a level-2 trauma center. Mission is also home to a 94-bed emergency department, 85 bed children’s hospital and 100 bed behavioral health unit. In addition, Mission outpatient clinical pharmacy services provide support in a variety of clinics including anticoagulation, heart failure, transitions of care and chronic disease management.
Mission has been training pharmacy residents since 1994. Over the years our program has expanded to 5 individual residency programs with 11 total residents every year. Our residency programs include acute care, ambulatory care, emergency medicine and health-system pharmacy administration. Upon graduation from our programs, residents will practice in a wide variety of patient care environments ranging from rural health to large hospitals.
The department embraces education as evidenced by a long history of pharmacy residency training and a partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Mountain Area Health Education Center. Mission Hospital serves as the primary experiential learning and training site for all UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students based at the Asheville campus. All residents will have the opportunity to work with and precept pharmacy students.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
MAHEC is part of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system that was established in 1972 to improve the supply, retention and quality of health-care across the state. Faculty pharmacists within the Department of Pharmacotherapy coordinate continuing education for regional pharmacists, teach many learners (pharmacy residents, family medicine residents, geriatric fellows, dental residents and PY4 Doctor of Pharmacy students) and provide medication management for both inpatients and outpatients.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)
The Ambulatory Care residency programs maintain a partnership between the ABCCM Medical Ministry and Mission Hospital through regular volunteering as a staff pharmacist for the medical and dental clinics. Residents learn about medication distribution through charitable care clinics. They have the opportunity to counsel patients on medications and to provide learning experiences for pharmacy students.
Please see each individual program for their respective deadlines.
PGY1 Acute Care and PGY1 Ambulatory Care residents participate in the Teaching and Learning Certification (TLC) program.