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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency - Internal Medicine

Program Director Contact Information

Melissa Bachman, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist Lead, Internal Medicine
Director, PGY2 Internal Medicine

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.

Purpose

The Internal Medicine residency program at Boston Medical Center (BMC) provides a structured education and training experience for pharmacists looking to develop clinical expertise in the acute care of internal medicine patients while developing skills in interdisciplinary care and leadership.

Residents who complete the internal medicine residency at BMC will develop expertise and function as an independent clinical specialist or educator in the area of internal medicine.

In addition to clinical training, specialty residents will gain experience in the area of practice management including independently taking responsibility for drug utilization review, identifying and resolving medication related issues, transitions of care, participation in mentoring and supervision of pharmacy staff and trainees, and resolving quality management issues within the specialty area of practice.

Finally, the resident will continue to refine the necessary skills to successfully self-monitor his/her progress and will function as an integral member of the healthcare team.

Upon completion of the internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center, the resident will have achieved a level of expertise in internal medicine pharmacotherapy to function as a clinical specialist and to become a leader within the profession.

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)

  • Internal Medicine I-II
  • Family Medicine (Academic Rotation)
  • Hospitalist
  • Medical ICU
  • At least 2 from below:
    • Renal
    • Geriatrics
    • Cardiology
    • Antibiotic Stewardship Team

Elective Learning Experiences (5 weeks)

  • Infectious Disease
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Administration
  • General Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory Care - Complex Care Management

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • On-call Program
  • Quality improvement project
  • Development and presentation of internal medicine related treatment guidelines
  • Participation and leadership on subcommittee of Medication Safety and Quality Committee
  • Participation in a BMC residency committee
  • Participation in a Resident Training Program if not completed during PGY1
  • Resiliency Training

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 1 case conferences (30 minutes each)
  • 1 continuing education lectures (60 minutes each)
  • 1 didactic lecture at Northeastern University

Discretionary Activities

  • By preceptor request
    • Journal club/patient-oriented evidence that matters (POEMs) presentation
    • Precepting PGY1 residents on an IM rotation
    • 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
  • 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 ($2,300/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

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 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.