Q. How many residency positions are available at BIDMC?
There are four PGY1 pharmacy residency positions.
Q. Must I attend the ASHP Midyear meeting to be considered for the BIDMC
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.
Selections for interviews will be based on our review of the submitted
Q. How are candidates selected for an on-site interview?
Completed applications 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?
Prospective residents are responsible for travel and lodging costs for the
interview at BIDMC. The interview process entails a full day (8 a.m. – 4
p.m.) of meetings with the Residency Director, clinical preceptors,
administrative staff and the current residents. A tour of the pharmacy and
hospital is also included. Each applicant will be asked to present a 15
minute clinical case during the interview day.
Q. What is the annual salary?
The annual salary for the 2017-2018 Residency Program is $46,000.
Q. What are the staffing requirements?
Residents will staff a total of 60 shifts during the residency year.
Typically every 3rd weekend and an evening shift weekly or every other
Q. Do I need to be licensed in the State of Massachusetts (MA) at the start
Residents must be eligible for licensure (reciprocity or examination) on
initiation of the program and licensed within 90 days from the start of the
Q: Does BIDMC's Pharmacy Residency Program have a website?
bidmc.org/pharmresidency. From here you can access detailed information regarding current and past
residents, preceptors, rotations and other aspects of the BIDMC PGY1
Q. What orientation will I receive prior to starting the residency?
Each resident will attend a one-day hospital orientation followed by a
general orientation to the residency program. Orientation and training for
the service component of the residency will take place during the next four
weeks. 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 MCPHS University
will be coordinated during this time.
Q. How will the program address my individual residency goals?
Core rotations provide the resident a broad experience in the provision of
care to the hospitalized patient. A wide range of elective rotations
further allows the residents to customize their residency rotations to
align with their interests. Active participation by the residents in
designing their rotation schedule is encouraged.
Q. What teaching experiences are available in the program?
BIDMC's affiliation with MCPHS University provides the resident with a
number of teaching opportunities. During the Teaching Rotation, the
resident will serve as the primary preceptor for APPE students on a six
week Internal Medicine rotation. Longitudinally, residents facilitate
therapeutic seminars/patient case discussions at MCPHS University.
Additionally, residents will participate in a longitudinal Teaching
Certificate Program. 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 graduates have pursued a number of specialty residency programs
following their PGY1 program including critical care, oncology and solid
organ transplant specialty residencies. The majority of past residents are
practicing as clinical pharmacists in the inpatient care setting of various
medical institutions across the country. A number of past residents are
practicing as full or adjunctive faculty in the academic setting, while
still others have secured positions as Clinical Managers or Coordinators.