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Managed Care Pharmacy ​​​​​Residency Program


Post Graduate Residency in Managed Care

Centene offers the opportunity to develop and refine clinical, leadership and communication skills through innovative practice.

We provide a comprehensive managed care experience in a collaborative environment of excellence and learning. At the completion of the program, residents will be skilled pharmacists and understand basic regulatory requirements for state and federal health programs. Residents will be prepared for positions in:

  • Prior authorizations
  • Formulary development and management
  • Quality initiatives
  • Drug utilization review
  • Medication therapy management
  • Specialty pharmacy operations

Program Details: Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Residency in Managed Care

Accreditation: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in partnership with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.


Centene Pharmacy’s PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist clinicians with diverse patient care, leadership and education skills. Participants will receive systematic training of pharmacists to achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient care and managed care pharmacy practice.

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Comprehensive Rotations

Block and longitudinal

  • Clinical Operations
  • Formulary Management
  • Clinical Programs, including MTM
  • Plan Performance (Quality and Drug Utilization Review)
  • Leadership

Block only

  • Pharmacy Benefit Management
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Market Performance
  • Residency Administration
  • Elective (customizable to specific interests)
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Learning Opportunities

During your residency, we will establish goals and objectives to match your interests and complement your previous experience. In addition to completing a yearlong research project, you will also have opportunities to:

  • Attend professional pharmacy conferences (e.g. ASHP, regional residency showcase), and corporate meetings
  • Participate in mentorship program
  • Apply to participate in a resident teaching certificate program (as available through local university)
  • Develop and present an ACPE-accredited CE course
  • Interview and evaluate prospective program candidates
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Application Process

Applicants will complete the following before January 2nd:

  • Online employment application
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program Registration
  • Submission to the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):
  • Letter of intent explaining your motivation to pursue the residency
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a pharmacy school professor, work or internship advisor, and an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) preceptor
  • School of pharmacy official transcript
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  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
  • U.S. state pharmacist license
  • Commit to a one-year residency
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S and will not require sponsorship now, or in the future
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Interview (Required)

  • Applicants will record video responses to screening questions when completing the Centene online application
  • Selected applicants will be invited to an interview by the end of January
  • Rotations start the first Monday in July

Frequently Asked Questions

Our residency program was accredited in 2010 and received re-accreditation in 2016.

Yes, we host APPE managed care students from multiple colleges of pharmacy.

Our organization has historically retained over 70% of our program graduates. Outside of the parent company, initial positions have been with other Health Plans, PBMs and State Health Departments.

Our program offers three PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Resident positions.

All of our applications are reviewed by a group composed of the residency director, the current residents and preceptors. They review each applicant’s letter of intent, CV, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, grades, and managed care experience. The group identifies candidates to invite for an onsite interview. During the onsite interview, the candidate will have the opportunity to meet program preceptors, complete a clinical case review and present a clinical presentation of their choice.

Residents are evaluated at the midpoint and final of their block rotations, as well as quarterly for all longitudinal experiences utilizing standardized ASHP evaluation criteria.

The residents will work with residency preceptors to identify potential projects. These projects will be further vetted by the program coordinator, RPD and project preceptors to determine project value and feasibility.

Each resident will be required to staff one week of the “Night Pharmacist Rotation” on a revolving schedule, for a total of five cumulative weeks over the course of the residency program.  The schedule for each week is as follows:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm to 9:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 4:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 4:30pm EST (For residents in the Pacific time zone the hours are 6:00am – 2:30pm).

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