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Application Process

Residency Positions

Up to four candidates are selected each year for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The program begins annually on July 1.

Residency Eligibility

Qualifications for participation in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program are in accordance with criteria set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Application Deadline

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by January 5th of the year you wish to begin the program.

Application Materials

Application templates are available electronically using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS). This program can be accessed at the following website address: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas . All applicants must provide the following:

1.   Letter of Interest, including a statement of professional goals and reasons for pursuing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

2.   Curriculum Vitae

3.   Three Letters of Recommendation

4.   Official Pharmacy School Transcript

Submission of Application Materials

Applications to the BIDMC PGY1 Residency program are to be submitted electronically using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS). This program can be accessed at the following website address: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas

Personal Interview

Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit BIDMC for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. An interview can be arranged only when your application file is complete.

  1. Completed application packets will be reviewed by members of the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) to determine candidates that most closely match the BIDMC program goals and opportunities.
  2. Selected candidates will be invited to an onsite interview with members of the RAC.
  3. Following the interview process, residency candidates will be ranked based upon the collaborative input from the RAC with regard the interviews and qualifications of the candidate.
  4. A rank list will be submitted to the Resident Matching Program.

Acknowledgment of Residency Match

Residents matched to the BIDMC Residency program will receive an acceptance letter acknowledging the match and delineating the general terms and conditions of the residency. Acknowledgment in writing by the resident will constitute acceptance of the match and agreement to fulfill the duties of the residency position for the upcoming year.

Pharmacy Licensure Verification

Participation in the BIDMC PGY1 Residency Program is contingent on securing and maintaining a license without restriction in the State of Massachusetts (MA). It is the expectation that the resident will complete these licensure requirements within 60 days of the commencement of the program.

The resident will provide the Residency Program Director confirmation that:

  • He/she has already taken the NAPLEX and the MA pharmacy law exam, or
  • He/she will take the MA law exam upon successful transfer of NAPLEX scores from another state, or
  • He/she has already has a valid MA pharmacy license.
  • Upon notification of successful completion of the NAPLEX and/or law exam the resident will provide documentation of licensure to the Residency Program Director.

The resident will provide the department a copy of the licensure certificate to remain on file during the resident's year at BIDMC. Failure to attain licensure is grounds for dismissal from the residency program. Residents should contact the Residency Program Director should any issue arise with licensure.

Contact Information

Katherine Cunningham, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Clinical Center (West Campus)
1 Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215
617-754-3812
kcunning@bidmc.harvard.edu