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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency - Internal Medicine

Program Director Contact Information

Hope Serafin, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist Lead - Internal Medicine
Director, PGY2 Internal Medicine
Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Program


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

Program Description

The PGY2 Internal Medicine residency program at Boston Medical Center program offers specialized training focusing in the care of internal medicine patients, including subspecialty services, while building upon foundational skills developed during PGY1 residency training.

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 internal medicine.

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


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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Serve as an authoritative expert on the optimal use of medications in the care of internal medicine patients. 
  2. Optimize the outcomes of patients with acute and chronic diseases in various settings through the expert provision of evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  3. Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills. 
  4. Manage and improve the medication-use process for internal medicine patients. 
  5. Conduct a quality improve or research project focused on the care of internal medicine patients.
  6. Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training and educational activities for healthcare professionals and trainees with a focus on internal medicine pharmacotherapy.

Required Learning Experiences (5 weeks)

The program has 6 required learning experiences listed below: 

  • Internal Medicine I
  • Infectious Disease/Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Medical ICU
  • At least 2 from below:
    • Internal Medicine II - Renal Subspecialty Focus
    • Internal Medicine II - Geriatrics Subspecialty Focus
    • Internal Medicine II - Cardiology Subspecialty Focus
  • Internal Medicine III (Precepting PGY1 resident)

Elective Learning Experiences (5 weeks, unless otherwise stated)

The program allows the selection of 3 electives. Two shorter electives will be combined to count as 1 elective.

  • Hematology/Oncology - Inpatient
  • Clinical Pharmacy/Administration
  • General Pediatrics
  • Surgery - Floor
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology/Neurocritical
  • Family Medicine/Academia
  • Addiction Consult (3 weeks)
  • Endocrine Consult (2 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (Primary Care, Family Medicine, Cardiology)

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • 24/7 at home on-call program
  • Quality improvement project
  • Development and presentation of internal medicine related treatment guidelines
  • Participation and leadership on Endocrine subcommittee
  • Participation in a BMC residency committee
  • Participation in a Resident Teaching Certificate if not completed during PGY1
  • Resiliency Training

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 1 Case conferences (30 minutes each)
  • 1 MA Board Certified Continuing Education (CE) lectures (60 minutes each)
  • 1 Didactic lecture at Northeastern University
  • 1 Grand Rounds presentation to medical residents
  • 1 Didactic lecture to PA students
  • COBTH Clinical Pearl submission
  • Precepting PGY1 resident on an IM rotation
  • Northeastern lab or seminar (optional)

Discretionary Activities

  • By preceptor request
    • Journal club/"Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters" (POEM) presentation
    • Precepting students on an IM 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
  • Evenings
    • One week at the end of every other rotation (4 weeks/year)
  • 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 Salary: $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 (ACCP or SHM)

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, 2021, 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.