PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

About Our PGY1 Program

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.

One of our program goals is to support pharmacy residents’ well-being, including mental, physical and emotional health, the ability to overcome challenges, identifying and mitigating stress, and preventing burnout. We want to provide a safe haven for residents to explore and grow their resilience throughout their residency training, both through individual practices and leaning into the organization’s programs and offerings.

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


Duration/Type 12 months/PGY1
Accreditation-status ASHP accredited
Number of positions 4
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 $50,400
Application Deadline January 2

Learn More About Our Program

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)
  • Interview by invitation
  • Eligible for Massachusetts Licensure
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Basic and supplemental term life insurance
  • Two weeks vacation and six paid holidays
  • Attendance at annual Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists meeting
  • 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 – 7 (4-5 weeks each)

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care (Medical ICU or Neuro ICU or Surgical ICU)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology or Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Pharmacy Administration

Elective Rotations – 2 (4 or 5 weeks each)

  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Ambulatory Oncology
  • Medical ICU or Neuro ICU or Surgical ICU
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Infectious Diseases Consults
  • Population Health
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Cardiology
  • Palliative Care
  • Teaching (Internal Medicine or Medical ICU)
  • Medication Safety

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 (4 or 5 hours) and every other weekend during the first half of the program and once a month during the second half of the program. Each resident is responsible for staffing 1 or 2 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.

Drug Information

The resident is expected to provide concise, evidence-based and timely responses to requests for drug information from health care providers and patients throughout the year during all learning experiences.

Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • 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
Monthly Education for Pharmacy Staff
  • The resident will develop and design educational information for pharmacists in one PowerPoint slide posted on the Pharmacy Department website. Each resident will be responsible for a minimum of two educational publications over the course of the program.
Literature Analysis
  • Journal club presentations
  • Presentation/critique of primary literature during learning experiences


Hospital Presentations
  • Pharmacy Department: Case presentation – 3, Journal club – 3, 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 Clinical Pearls Grand Rounds (if abstract accepted)

Teaching Opportunities

  • Teaching certificate awarded from Northeastern University
  • Co-precept APPE PharmD students on rotation at Lahey Hospital

Hospital/Department Committee

  • Participation in a selected hospital committee. A list of committee options will be presented to the resident at the start of the program.

Community Service

  • Residents will be involved in at least one community service activity such as participation in a drug take back program, a high school or other health fair, presentation to seniors at the Burlington Council on Aging.

Certifications Required

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