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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose

PGY2 Program Purpose: PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The PGY2 residency in ambulatory care pharmacy is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from general pharmacy practice to specialized practice focused on the needs of ambulatory patients.  In addition to activities designed to elevate patient care skills, other experiences for resident development include the opportunity to deliver programs that contribute to public health, provide high quality education and training for pharmacy students, PGY-1 pharmacy residents, other pharmacy colleagues as well as healthcare colleagues of varying disciplines, and attendance and/or presentations at professional meetings.

Upon completion of this program, candidates should be well-positioned to obtain an ambulatory care position and/or clinical faculty appointment with a college of pharmacy as well as attain board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (First 4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Practice: staffing in the outpatient pharmacy (6 hours per week longitudinal throughout the year)
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Clinics (2-4 half day sessions per week longitudinal throughout the year)
  • Practice Management (clinical administration, 1 half-day session longitudinal throughout the year)
  • Pulmonary Clinic (1 half-day session per week for 3-6 months)
  • Research (longitudinal throughout the year)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (1 full day per week for 3-6 months)
  • Specialty Pharmacy (1 full day session for 3 months)

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Anticoagulation (1 full day per week for 3 months)
  • Heart Failure (1 half-day session per week for 3 months)
  • Informatics (1 half-day session per week for 3 months)
  • Population Health (1 full day per week for 3 months)
  • Specialty Pharmacy – Leadership and management focus (1 half-day session per week for 3 months)

Note: if resident chooses to facilitate seminar (see teaching section), this may reduce an elective option.

Additional Expectations/Requirements

  • Teaching
    • Education to internal medicine providers (minimum of 2 topics)
    • Education to colleagues at CDE meeting(s) (minimum 1 topic)
    • Present medication class as part of the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) patient program (observe 1 and provide at least 1)
    • Provide a one hour pharmacist/pharmacy technician continuing education (CE) that may also serve as a competency
    • Provide clinical presentations at ambulatory care staff meetings (minimum of 2 topics)
    • A didactic lecture and/or facilitating therapeutic seminar at a local college of pharmacy
    • Co-precepting pharmacy students & PGY1 residents
    • In-services to nurses and/or medical assistants if opportunities arise.
  • Committee work
    • Actively participate on an ambulatory pharmacy related committee (e.g. Medication Reconciliation or Medication Safety Committee )
    • Attend monthly certified diabetes educator (CDE) meetings
  • P & T monograph and/or class review for ambulatory related medication/drug class if opportunities arise
  • Educational Conference Attendance
    • Weekly Grand Rounds as it pertains to ambulatory care
    • Attend PGY1 case conference, as schedule allows
    • ASHP Midyear Meeting
    • Eastern States Residency Conference (ESRC) or ASHP Summer Meeting (Ambulatory Care Conference)
    • MSHP Annual Meeting
    • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Annual Symposium
  • Provide vaccines to patients in clinic and OPD (Basic Life Support and Immunization Certification required)
  • As part of practice management, work on population health management initiatives
  • Attend GIM staff meetings and take minutes
  • Contribute to Therapeutic Thursdays (1 in 6 rotation)
  • Contribute to “Resident Corner” of the monthly Pharmacy news bulletin.
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program Table
Duration/Type 12 months/PGY2
Accreditation Status ASHP accredited
Number of Positions 1
Training Site Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, located 20 miles northwest of Boston, encompasses an ambulatory care center serving more than 3,000 patients each day and a 335-bed hospital including a 24-hour emergency department, 3 critical care units, and a Level II Trauma Center. Lahey is a teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and maintains residency and fellowship programs for more than 130 new physicians in multiple subspecialties. The Pharmacy Department has academic affiliations with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy.
Starting Date July
Estimated Stipend $53,700
Application Deadline January 2

Application Requirements

Internal PGY1 residents may be considered for early commitment. Please contact RPD for more information regarding the early commitment process. All other applicants must participate in the National Matching Services Program. Requirements include:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program
  • Active Massachusetts pharmacy license by September 1st
  • Complete application in PhORCAS by deadline (letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation using the Standard Reference Template Form, official college of pharmacy transcript)
  • Personal on-site interview

Project Requirements:

  • Research Project: PGY2 resident will conduct an ambulatory care related research project suitable for presentation at a national meeting, as well as manuscript submission for publication.
  • Create or enhance an existing ambulatory care pharmacy program. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Shared Medical Appointments-expanded chronic diseases
    • Wellness visits
    • Post discharge pharmacy clinic for solid organ transplant
    • Expanding Specialty Pharmacy Services
    • Meds to Bed (MTB) program

**Please note that curriculum changes may occur throughout the year, depending on resident and program needs.


  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Basic and supplemental term life insurance
  • Ten days paid time off and six paid holidays
  • Registration and travel reimbursement for ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and either Eastern States
  • Residency Conference or other selected professional meeting(s)
  • Free parking

Residency Program Contact

Christine Vaudo Leduc, PharmD, BCACP
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Pharmacy Department
[email protected]