PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

Our PGY2 Residency Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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, PGY1 pharmacy residents, other pharmacy colleagues as well as healthcare colleagues of varying disciplines, and attendance and/or presentations at professional meetings.

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 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.

PGY2 Program Overview

Duration/Type 12 months/PGY2
Accreditation Status ASHP accredited
Number of Positions 1
Starting Date July (beginning of the month)
Estimated Stipend $55,945 (2022-2023)
Application Deadline January 2

*Lahey offers a competitive PGY2 stipend compensation that is reassessed annually and comparable to regional market value.

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Program Curriculum

Required Learning Experiences

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

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Hematology/Oncology (TBD for 3 months)
  • Informatics (1 half day per week for 3 months)
  • Palliative Care (1 full day per week for 3 months)
  • Population Health (1 full day per week for 3 months)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (1 full day per week for 3-6 months)

Additional Expectations/Requirements

  • Teaching
    • Education to general 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
    • Annual update to pharmacist employee flu vaccination competency and facilitate training for PGY1 residents and other pharmacists
    • 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 Ambulatory P & T )
    • 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
    • One national meeting, such as ASHP Summer Meeting (Ambulatory care conference)
    • One regional meeting, such as 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
  • Contribute to Therapeutic Thursdays if applicable
  • Volunteer if opportunity arises

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.
**Please note that curriculum changes may occur throughout the year, depending on resident and program needs.
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 1
  • Complete application in PhORCAS by deadline (letter of intent, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation using the Standard Reference Template Form, official college of pharmacy transcript)
  • Interview by invitation
The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency offers the following benefits to residents:
  • 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 Conference or ASHP Summer Meeting, pending budgetary approval
  • Residency Conference or other selected professional meeting(s)
  • Free parking
Contact Us

PGY2 Residency Program Contact

Sarah L. Howard, PharmD, BCACP
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Pharmacy Department

Contact Us

To learn more, email Program Director Sarah L. Howard, PharmD, BCACP.