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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency - Infectious Diseases

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

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



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

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 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 the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Program Outcomes

  1. Promote health improvement, wellness, and the prevention of infectious diseases
  2. Optimize the outcomes of individuals with an infectious disease by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team or as an independent clinician
  3. Manage and improve anti-infective-use processes through implementing antimicrobial stewardship strategies and by being an active member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee
  4. Demonstrate excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals focusing on optimizing anti-infective pharmacotherapy
  5. Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with infectious diseases
  6.  Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills
  7. Conduct infectious disease pharmacy quality improvement projects and/or research

Required Core Rotations (5 weeks unless otherwise specified)

  • Orientation - 4 weeks
  • Introduction to Infectious Diseases, Antibiotic Stewardship, and Microbiology
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Longitudinal – 10 month longitudinal experience
  • HIV Outpatient Clinic – 5 week condensed, followed by 9 month longitudinal
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • ID Consult
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Advanced – 6 weeks
  • ID Consult Advanced - 6 weeks
  • Pediatric ID Consult

Elective Rotations (5 weeks, choice of 2)

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

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • 24/7 at home clinical 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
  • Resiliency Training

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 1 Resident case conference
  • 1 Multidisciplinary lecture (grand rounds)
  • 1 MA board certified continuing education lecture

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)


  • 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 ($2,300/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


  • 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 2, 2019, 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.