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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]

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
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
Starting Date July 1
Stipend $48,450
Application Deadline January 2

Department Orientation (4 weeks)

Required Rotations (5 weeks)

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

Longitudial Requirements

  • Drug Information/Medication Use Evaluation
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
  • Research Project

Elective Rotations

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Teaching (Internal Medicine or Medical ICU)
  • Medication Safety
  • Informatics

Hospital Practice

  • Staffing in the Central Pharmacy or as a decentralized pharmacist

Practice Management

  • Required block rotation: Medication policy development, attendance at administrative and clinical meetings, small project assignments, CQI activities (e.g. medication safety, pre-printed orders)

Research Project Management

The resident will conduct one major research project (IRB approved) for presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference. Suggestions for potential projects provided. A preceptor advisor will work directly with the resident. A physician or nurse collaborator may also be involved.

Drug Information

In addition to conducting patient-specific drug information requests, the resident will have the following responsibilities related to drug information skill development:

  • Written responses to drug information requests
  • Prepare monograph for formulary addition request
  • Prepare a drug class review

Presentations/Teaching Opportunities

  • Pharmacy Department (case presentations, CE approved conferences, journal club)
  • Prescriber and Nursing in-services
  • PharmD student co-preceptorship on selected rotations
  • Poster presentation at Vizient University Hospital Consortium (UHC) Resident Poster Session prior to
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Resident Teaching Seminar (in Boston) – certificate awarded
  • College of Pharmacy therapeutics seminar facilitation or didactic lecturing

Professional Conference Attendance

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Other conferences at program director’s discretion and available funds


  • Basic Life Support (required); Advanced Life Support (required)
  • Immunization Administration