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Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program provides a diverse, challenging training experience for individuals seeking accelerated professional growth. Emphasis is on development of skills involving optimization of medication therapy outcomes through use of evidence-based medicine. Residency training is designed around the ASHP’s (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Residency Learning System model. Teaching skills are developed on-site and through opportunities at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston. The resident will have an opportunity to obtain a teaching certificate. In addition, a multidisciplinary collaborative research project is conducted and presented at the Eastern States Regional Residency Conference. Emphasis is on progressive development of judgment and professional competence.

Upon successful completion of the program, the resident will be qualified to obtain a clinically-oriented position or pursue further post-graduate training. Please view our application requirements and email me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your inquiry into our program.

Elizabeth O’Gara, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
[email protected]

PGY1 Residency Program

Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Benefits Table
Duration/Type 12 months/PGY1
Accreditation-status ASHP accredited
Number of Positions 5
Training Site Community-based non-profit, tertiary care, 335-bed teaching hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences University, and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, with a large ambulatory clinic and a diverse acute care patient population
Pharmacy Department Pharmacists – 59 FTE
Pharmacy Technicians, Interns, Support Staff – 53 FTE
Starting Date June (end of the month)
Stipend $48,450
Application Deadline December 31

Application Requirements

  • Apply through Phorcas by application deadline
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Official College of Pharmacy Transcript (minimum GPA 3.0)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of reference using the Phorcas Standard Reference Template Form (at least one reference from direct patient care APPE preceptor)
  • On-site interview by invitation
  • Eligible for Massachusetts Licensure


  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Basic and supplemental term life insurance
  • Two weeks vacation and six paid holidays
  • Registration and travel reimbursement for ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Regional Residency Conference
  • Free on-site parking

Program Curriculum

Department Orientation (5 weeks)

Required Rotations (5 weeks)

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care (Medical or Surgical ICU)
  • Solid Organ Transplant or Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Practice Management

Elective Rotations – 2 (5 weeks)

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • MICU or SICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Population Health
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Teaching (Internal Medicine or Medical ICU)
  • Medication Safety
  • Informatics

Hospital Practice (Staffing)

The resident will be required to staff the central pharmacy and participate in the resident weekend clinical coverage program. Activities include electronic order review, oversight of central pharmacy evening shift activities, antimicrobial stewardship, anticoagulation monitoring, provision of drug information and patient discharge counseling. Residents will staff one evening shift weekly (5 hours) and every 3rd weekend. Each resident is responsible for staffing one or two hospital holidays.

Project Management

The resident will conduct a research project suitable for platform presentation at the Eastern States Regional Residency Conference in April in Hershey, PA. Manuscript publication is not required, but highly encouraged. Additional project management experience will occur through involvement in a medication use evaluation (MUE) and other quality improvement projects conducted during the Pharmacy Management rotation. A Research Primer Series to further develop resident research skills will be conducted during the program. Residents are given one day per rotation block and one week at the end of December for project time.

Drug Information

The resident is expected to provide concise, comprehensive and timely responses to requests for drug information from health care providers and patients throughout the year during all learning experiences. In addition, the resident will have the following responsibilities related to drug information skill development.

Pharmacy and Therapeutics

  • Prepare monograph for formulary review (present to a subcommittee +/- P&T). Other medication-related projects (e.g. MUE, therapeutic class review, etc.) may be presented to an external committee, such as the Critical Care Committee, Antibiotic Subcommittee or P&T.

Writing Skill Development

  • Research Project Manuscript

Therapeutic Thursday

  • Monthly publication. Serves as educational resource for pharmacy staff; each resident will be responsible for a minimum of 2 publications over the course of the program.

Literature Analysis

  • Journal club presentations
  • Presentation/critique of primary literature during learning experiences

Nursing Newsletter

  • Write one medication-related article


Hospital Presentations

  • Pharmacy Department – Case presentation – 3, Journal club – 2, ACPE-approved CE – 2
  • Nursing inservice – if opportunity arises, Prescriber inservice – 2

Poster Presentations

  • Vizient/University Hospital Consortium (UHC) Meeting before Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • MSHP Annual Meeting
  • Lahey Post-graduate Recognition

Clinical Pearl

  • Resident Grand Rounds at Tufts Medical Center (Council of Boston Teaching Hospitals)
  • Pearl will also be submitted for Eastern States Conference Pearls Presentation session

Teaching Opportunities

  • Teaching certificate awarded from Northeastern University
  • Co-precept APPE PharmD students on rotation at Lahey Hospital
  • Didactic lecturing – optional (Northeastern University Nurse Practitioner Therapeutics)

Certifications Required

  • Immunization (from accredited training course)
  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support