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PGY2 Residency - Infectious Diseases

Karrine Brade, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist Lead, Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases
617.638.5862

For general residency questions, please email karrine.brade@bmc.org.

Program Description

The PGY2 infectious diseases residency program at Boston Medical Center (BMC) provides a structured education and training experience for pharmacists looking to develop clinical expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy and antibiotic management.

After orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of rotations and longitudinal activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the program. The residency is a tailored, comprehensive program that emphasizes the development of advanced pharmaceutical care skills in the area of infectious diseases.

Upon completion of the specialty residency program at Boston Medical Center, the resident will have achieved a level of expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy to function as an independent clinical specialist or educator in the area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.

BMC's Infectious Diseases Services
Section of Infectious Disease/BUSM and BMC

Required Core Rotations (5 weeks unless otherwise specified)

  • Orientation - 4 weeks
  • Introduction to Infectious Diseases, Antibiotic Stewardship, and Microbiology
  • ID Consult I (Fall)
  • ID Consult II (Spring) - 6 weeks
  • Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases Service
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship I (AST I) - 12 month longitudinal experience
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship II (AST II) - 6 weeks

Elective Rotations (5 weeks, choice of 3)

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
  • Trauma/SICU (TSICU)
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • HIV Outpatient Clinic
  • Repeat a required rotation
  • Teaching (didactic lecture(s) at Northeastern University) - 12 month longitudinal

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • On-Call Program
  • Quality improvement project
  • Development and presentation of infectious diseases related treatment guidelines
  • Longitudinal AST experiences
  • Participation and leadership on antibiotic subcommittee meetings and weekly AST director meetings
  • Participation in a BMC residency committee

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 2 case conferences (30 minutes each)
  • 2 continuing education lectures (60 minutes each)

Discretionary Activities

  • By preceptor request
    • Journal club/patient-oriented evidence that matters (POEMs) presentations
    • Precepting PGY1 residents on an ID rotation
    • Precepting students on an ID rotation
  • By pharmacy or physician request
    • Completion and presentation of medication use evaluations and drug monographs for formulary review

Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) Responsibilities

  • Weekends
    • One weekend every 3 weeks
  • 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 an ACPE-accredited college 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 U.S. permanent resident visa ("green card")
  • Personal on-site interview

Applications

  • BMC Pharmacy Residency candidates should complete an electronic residency application using the ASHP PhORCAS centralized application system. The following materials must be received through PhORCAS by January 2nd, at 11:59 PM EST.
    • Completed residency application
    • Verified PharmD transcripts
    • Letter of intent (including goals)
    • 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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