PGY1 Residency

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency

Residency Overview 

This community pharmacy residency helps establish a solid foundation of clinical and administrative skills needed in the ambulatory and/or community pharmacy setting with a special focus on pharmacy practice in a community health center setting in primarily Spanish-speaking communities. The residency program was established at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. in October 2005.

Residents are matched with the main practice site and may have the opportunity to rotate through other affiliated site(s) during the year.  The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) have accredited the Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

During the year, residents will also have the opportunity to learn about unique cultural and pharmacy issues affecting diverse patient populations, earn a teaching certificate, work with public health issues, and advance communication skills (e.g., Spanish tutoring) for working with Spanish-speaking patients.

Experiences: Residents gain experience in a primarily Spanish-speaking community through direct patient care, pharmacy management, patient and health professional education, interdisciplinary team leadership, writing, and public health.

Download a detailed explanation of the Learning Experiences involved in this Residency here.[RMM1] 

Elective Opportunities: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Inpatient Family Medicine. Others available based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Certifications: Residents will receive the following certifications/training depending on prior experience:

  • APhA National Immunization Certification
  • Medication Therapy Management Certification
  • Residency Learning System 8-hour workshop through ASHP
  • Teaching certificate through the UTEP SOP
  • Spanish Tutoring

Stipend: ~$36,500 + Fringe/Benefits + Travel Allowance

Benefits: Retirement Matching, Healthcare Insurance, Clinical Faculty Appointment

Travel Allowance: Residents receive funds to assist with travel to ASHP Mid-year meeting, the APhA Annual Meeting, and other local/regional travel/meetings as appropriate.

Vacation: 10 days + 10 clinic holidays

At the end of the program, residents will be prepared to:

  • Navigate and adapt to a culturally and linguistically diverse patient population who often face socioeconomic challenges
  • Develop and expand innovative community pharmacy- and ambulatory care-based clinical services
  • Provide community pharmacy administration, staffing, and management expertise
  • Be a drug information and distribution resource for safe and appropriate medication use
  • Engage in the educational development of current and future healthcare professionals
  • Problem-solve and address the challenges of the present and evolving roles of our profession through participation in professional organizations

Residency graduates should be able: to obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist or pharmacy manager in a community or ambulatory healthcare setting, to continue education in a PGY2 residency, or to pursue a clinical faculty position based in an outpatient healthcare setting.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any resident applicant.

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc (La Fe) 

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. ( is a federally-qualified community health center serving the health and social-justice needs of a primarily low-income Mexican-American population.  The La Fe Central Clinic, and its affiliated sites, address not only the community’s health-care needs, but also the area’s educational and cultural needs.

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La Fe’s Mission is “to improve the quality of life of those we serve by continually enhancing the health and human services provided.”


Clinical Pharmacy Services:

  • Anticoagulation Education
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Diabetes, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Immunizations


Other La Fe services:

  • Family Planning/OB-GYN
  • HIV/Hepatitis C
  • Pediatrics
  • Social Services
  • Preparatory School (Pre-K through 8th grade)
  • Classes and services include: computer literacy; theater/dance/music; culinary arts; muralism; arts & crafts; poetry; ESL/GED/Citizenship Preparedness; and the La Fe Recording Studio


The Pharmacy Residency Program provides experience in working with different disease states and collaborating with physicians to provide clinical services to the community.  Residents will use current therapeutic guidelines and drug information resources to provide optimal care.  There is a unique opportunity to develop Spanish-language skills to better communicate with patients.  Because La Fe embraces a holistic approach to health care, residents will enjoy being able to connect with a community beyond clinical pharmacy services.

Unique grants:

Project IMPACT: Diabetes – American Pharmacist Association Foundation

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. - Before Project IMPACT: Diabetes


Site Coordinator/Pharmacist In Charge:

Samuel M. Aboud, RPh,

La Fe Preceptors:
Enrique Valenzuela, RPh,

La Fe Providers:
Juan Loya, MD, Medical Director
Hector L. Rodriguez, DNP, FNP-BC, Family-Community Medicine

Residency Director and Preceptors

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Jeri J. Sias, PharmD, MPH

Jeri J. Sias, PharmD, MPH

UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, El Paso, TX
Texas Christian University (BA)
University of Kansas (PharmD)
The Ohio State University (Ambulatory Care Residency)
The University of Texas-Houston (MPH)
Residency Preceptor: Culture, Literacy, and Community Health, Family Medicine, Project & Writing, Disease State Management, Teaching 

La Fe Preceptor(s)

Samuel Aboud, RPh

Samuel Aboud, RPh

Pharmacist-in-Charge / Site Coordinator
UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, El Paso, TX
The University of Texas at Austin (BS)
Residency Preceptor: Staffing, Administration

Enrique Valenzuela, RPh

Enrique Valenzuela, RPh

La Fe Pharmacist
The University of Texas at Austin (BS)

La Fe Providers:

Juan Loya, MD, Medical Director
Hector L. Rodriguez, DNP, FNP-BC, Family-Community Medicine

UTEP Preceptors

Amanda M. Loya, PharmD, BCPS

Amanda M. Loya, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor
UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program
(Family Medicine-Inpatient Elective)
The University of Texas at Austin (PharmD)
Scott & White (Ambulatory Care Residency)

Jackie Navarrete, Pharm D

Jackie Navarrete, Pharm D

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Experiential Education
The University of Texas at Austin (PharmD)
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (PGY1-Community)
Residency Preceptor: Disease State Management, Project & Writing

Margie E. Padilla, PharmD, CDE, BCACP

Margie E. Padilla, PharmD, CDE, BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Our Lady of the Lake University (BA)
The University of Texas at Austin (PharmD)
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy/Seton Blackstock (Residency in Ambulatory Care)


Application Process

Application Documents:

  • Letter of Intent describing interest in the Community Pharmacy Residency Program
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official transcript

Steps for applying: