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PGY2 Residency - Ambulatory Care

Program Director Contact Information

Brian Kopcza, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Clinical Specialist, Ambulatory Care – Family Medicine Clinic
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care
617.638.5625

For general residency questions, please email [email protected].

Program Description

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program is ASHP-accredited and provides advanced clinical training to prepare the resident to become a skilled practitioner that is able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

This program will offer the resident the opportunity for longitudinal patient care experiences within our Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine Clinics.  In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to rotate through specialty clinics as listed under core rotations. The resident will work under a collaborative drug therapy management agreement with direct patient visits and collaborate with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other clinical staff. A focus will be on developing and refining skills to manage complex chronic medical conditions, patient-centered care, motivational interviewing, and primary literature evaluation.  

Teaching experience is gained by serving as a co-preceptor for pharmacy students and residents on rotation, participating as a facilitator for therapeutics seminar and/or pharmaceutical care lab at Northeastern University. Additionally, the resident has the opportunity to participate in the New England postgraduate pharmacy teaching and learning seminar with other local area pharmacy residents.

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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 advanced or specialized 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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in that practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Program Outcomes

  1. Establish a collaborative interdisciplinary practice
  2. In a collaborative interdisciplinary ambulatory practice provide efficient, effective, evidence-based, patient-centered treatment for chronic and/or acute illnesses in all degrees of complexity
  3. Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills
  4. Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention
  5. Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training or educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  6. Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications

Required Learning Experiences (6 weeks unless otherwise specified)

  • Orientation - 4 weeks
  • Cardiology
  • Center for Digestive Disorders (GI, HCV)
  • Center for Infectious Diseases (HIV)
  • Renal/Transplant
  • Academia - 6-12 weeks
  • Family Medicine - 6 months
  • General Internal Medicine - 6 months
  • Ambulatory Care Administration - 10 months

Elective Learning Experiences (6 weeks)

  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • Quality Improvement/Research Project
  • Drug monograph
  • Hospital/pharmacy committee involvement
  • On-Call 
  • Participation in a BMC residency committee

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 2 case conferences (30 minutes each)
  • 2 continuing education lectures (60 minutes each)
  • Monthly ambulatory care group clinical pearls
  • In-services
  • Co-precepting pharmacy students and residents

Additional Opportunities

  • Resident Teaching Certificate Program: monthly resident teaching seminar with all MA pharmacy residents
  • Facilitate Pharmaceutical Care Lab (Northeastern University)

Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) Responsibilities

  • Weekdays
    • One half-day shift per week in the anticoagulation clinic
  • Weekends
    • One weekend every 3 weeks in the outpatient pharmacy
    • Cover anticoagulation clinic pager every 3rd weekend (on-call), same weekend as staffing
  • Holiday assignments
    • 1 major (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day)
    • 1 minor (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day)

Benefits

  • Estimated Stipend: $53,000
  • Insurance Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance
  • Vacation time: 12 days
  • Office space with computer
  • Travel/CE allowance ($2,200/year): ASHP Midyear Meeting, opportunities for additional national specialty meetings

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Certificate from PGY1 program (or equivalent)
  • Eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 1st 
  • U.S. citizenship or carry a permanent resident visa ("green card")
  • Complete application: letter of intent, college transcript, curriculum vitae, 3 completed standardized reference forms
  • On-site interview

Applications

  • Application Deadline: January 2, 2018
  • BMC Pharmacy Residency candidates should complete an electronic residency application using ASHP PhORCAS by January 2nd, at 11:59 PM EST.
    • Completed residency application
    • Verified PharmD transcripts
    • Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Three completed standardized reference forms
    • All applicants to ASHP-accredited pharmacy residencies must participate in the Match process sponsored by the National Matching Service (NMS). Applicants to our programs must register with NMS to obtain a match number. Information about applications and deadlines for the Match can be found on the NMS website.
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