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Our team of Residency Program Directors, Preceptors and Pharmacy Staff is committed to working with our residents during their training at BIDMC. Get answers to frequently asked questions about our Pharmacy Residency Program and learn more about residency opportunities at 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 applications.
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.
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.
Residents must be eligible for licensure (reciprocity or examination) on initiation of the program and licensed in Massachusetts within 90 days from the start of the residency. If a PGY1 Resident is not licensed prior to the start of the residency, he/she must obtain a MA pharmacy intern license, which they will practice under, until they are licensed as a pharmacist in MA.
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.
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.
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.
Program graduates have pursued a number of specialty residency programs following their PGY1 program including critical care, infectious diseases, 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.