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FAQs

Q. How many residency positions are available at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)?

A. There are four PGY1 pharmacy practice residency positions available.

Q. Must I attend the ASHP Midyear meeting to be considered for the BIDMC residency?

A. No. While attendance at the meeting provides a direct opportunity to meet and discuss our program, we recognize that not everyone is able to attend.

Q. How are candidates selected for an on-site interview?

A. Completed application packets will be reviewed by members of the Residency Advisory Committee to determine candidates that most closely match the BIDMC program goals and opportunities. Your letter of intent, CV, scholastic record and letters of recommendation weigh highly in the review process. We also consider work experience, career goals, leadership activities, teaching experience and involvement in professional activities as important factors in our selection process.

Q. What should I expect during the on-site interview?

A. Prospective residents are responsible for travel and lodging costs for the interview at BIDMC. The interview process entails a full day (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) of meetings with the Residency Director, clinical preceptors, administrative staff and the current residents and includes a tour of the facilities. Each applicant will be asked to present a 15 minute clinical case during the interview day.

Q. What is the annual salary?

A. The annual salary for the 2013-2014 Residency Program is $44,000.

Q. What are the staffing requirements?

A. One evening shift per week and every fourth weekend.

Q. Do I need to be licensed in the State of Massachusetts (MA) at the start of residency?

A. Residents must be eligible for licensure (reciprocity or examination) on initiation of the program and licensed within 60 days from the start of the residency. Candidates need 1500 hours of practical experience as a pharmacy intern to take the MA law exam. The MA Board of Pharmacy is currently accepting a maximum of 1000 hours from school based experiences (rotations) and the remaining 500 hours from practical experience. Please refer to the MA Board of Pharmacy for additional details regarding eligibility for MA licensure.

Q. What orientation will I receive prior to starting the residency?

A. Each resident will attend a general one-day hospital orientation and a 3-day residency specific orientation during the first week of the residency. This is followed by a general orientation and training program within the central pharmacy. Additional unit-based training will be scheduled later in the residency in individual clinical practice areas. This training will prepare the resident for the service (staffing) component of the residency as well as provide insight into the operational workflow and policies and procedures of the pharmacy and medical center. Orientation to the College of Pharmacy will be coordinated during this time.

Q. How will the program address my individual residency goals?

A. Required "core" rotations provide the resident a broad experience in the provision of care to the hospitalized patient. A wide range of elective rotations allows the residents to customize their program to match their interests. Flexibility within the program allows residents to design short (2 weeks) or long (4 week) elective rotations to maximize their exposure to their areas of interest. Active participation by the residents in designing their program is encouraged.

Q. What teaching experiences are available in the program?

A. BIDMC's affiliation with MCPHS provides the resident with a number of teaching opportunities. The resident will serve as preceptor for APPE students on a six-week internal medicine rotation and will facilitate therapeutic seminars/patient case discussions at MCPHS. Didactic teaching opportunities, additional preceptor activities and departmental in-services all serve to enhance the teaching skills of the resident.

Q. What career paths have BIDMC residents selected following the residency program?

A. Program graduates have participated in critical care and hematology/oncology specialty residencies. The majority of past residents are practicing as clinical pharmacists in the inpatient care setting of various medical institutions across the country. Other residents are practicing as full or adjunctive faculty in the academic setting, while still others have pursued careers in retail pharmacy.

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