PGY1 Pharmacy Residency | Boston Medical Center
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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Residency Director Contact Information


Jason Mordino, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacist Education
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency


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

Program Description

BMC offers a challenging and rewarding PGY1 residency. The resident's year is structured into a comprehensive program that emphasizes the development of advanced pharmaceutical care while cultivating resident skills in experimental education and quality improvement. After a month-long orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of 5 week rotations and other longitudinal activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the BMC pharmacy practice residency program. BMC also offers one international PGY1 position who follows the same curriculum as the general track.

Program Purpose

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions and graduate residents who are eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The mission of BMC's PGY1 program is to provide residents comprehensive training and cultivate skills in patient care, teaching, and quality improvement as preparation to successfully practice as leaders while embracing the values of diversity, efficiency, and respect.

Program Outcomes

  1. Patient care
  2. Advancing practice and improving care
  3. Leadership and management
  4. Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge

Required Core Rotations

  • Orientation - 5 weeks
  • Medicine
  • Medicine II (One subspecialty - Renal, Geriatrics, Cardiology, Infectious Disease)
  • Ambulatory Care (Family Medicine, Primary Care, Renal/Transplant Clinic, Anticoagulation Clinic, Infectious Diseases/HIV Clinic, Cardiology Clinic, Hepatitis C/Center for Digestive Disorders)
  • Critical Care (Medical ICU, Cardiac ICU)
  • Surgery (Surgical/Trauma ICU, Surgical Floor)
  • Practice Management

Elective Rotations (3)

  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Neurocritical/Neurology
  • Complex Care Ambulatory Care
  • Hematology/Oncology - Inpatient
  • Hematology/Oncology - Outpatient 
  • Medication Safety 
  • Repeat any required rotation with an alternative focus (i.e. Medicine II - Renal or Surgery ICU)

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • 24/7 at home clinical on-call program
  • Resident IHI quality sciences project supported by the scholarship committee
    • Receive an IHI Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety
  • P&T work products
  • Participation on residency subcommittees

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 2 Resident case conferences
  • 1 Inter-professional in-services
  • 2 MA Board Certified Continuing Education (CE) lectures
  • 2 Journal clubs/POEM assessments
  • Facilitate student topic discussions

Additional Opportunities

  • Resiliency training
  • Precepting pharmacy students
  • Northeastern University School of Pharmacy
    • COBTH clinical pearl
    • Northeastern volunteer events
  • Medication Use Evaluation
    • Guideline updates
    • Medication safety prevention (smart pump programming, Pyxis optimizations, etc.)
  • Chief Resident opportunity
  • Resident Teaching Certificate (Optional track)
  • John W. Webb Lecture

Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) Responsibilities

  • Weekdays
    • One evening shift/week in a decentralized or dispensing role
  • Weekends
    • One weekend every 3 weeks in a mostly operational and order verification role
  • 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 (applies to traditional and non-traditional only)

  • Estimated Salary:
    • Traditional Track $49,000
    • Non-traditional Tract $78,500
      • The individuals will staff full time in an operational capacity every other month with resident blocks in between. Because of the increased staffing and slower pace, the salary is higher
  • Insurance Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance
  • Vacation Time: 10 days
  • Personal desk space with computer and other professional materials
  • Travel/CE allowance ($2,000/year): Eastern States Resident's Conference, ASHP Midyear Meeting, MaSHP Annual Meeting

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy or pass the FPGEC exam
  • Eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 1st
  • General track & Non-Traditional: U.S. citizenship or carry a U.S. permanent resident visa ("green card")
    • GPA > 3.0
  • International track: Must be enrolled in the Saudi Arabia Culture Missions Scholarships (SACM) or Kuwait scholarship for residency.


  • Application Deadline: January 2, 2021
  • 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
      • At least one reference form must be from a clinical rotation preceptor. In addition, candidates should encourage their references to provide as much commentary as possible, as this will weigh heavily in our decision to offer an on-site interview.
    • Mandatory writing sample: writing sample should be uploaded as a part of the application in PhORCAS in the supplemental sections. Please answer one of the questions below (word limit of 500 words or less):
      • Reflect on a work experience that enabled you to better handle a difficult question/situation that arose while on rotation OR
      • Reflect on a challenging situation that required you to question your values or assumptions. How did you handle it? What did you learn?
    • Candidates will be contacted if your application is found to be incomplete after submission
    • 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.
      • NMS Code General Track: 178313
      • NMS Code International Track: 178321 
      • NMS Code Non-Traditional Track: 178322

Additional Details

Duration of Program: 53 weeks, full-time residency
Number of Positions Available:

  • General track: 5
  • International track: 1
  • Non-Traditional track: 2 (105 weeks in length)

Starting Date: June 21st