Residency Application Process
Pharmacy 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.
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).
- Residents must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
- Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure in order to be licensed in MA within 90 days of the commencement of the residency.
- Residents must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Work authorization sponsorship for this position is unavailable.
- Residents shall participate in and obey the rules of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program.
Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by January 2nd of the year you wish to begin the program.
Application templates are available electronically using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS). All applicants must provide the following:
- Letter of Interest, including a statement of professional goals and reasons for pursuing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
- Curriculum Vitae
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- 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).
Selection of Applicants for an On-Site Interview
Members of the BIDMC RAC will utilize a program specific applicant selection rubric to review and determine a score for each application to the program. The 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. In determining the candidates for on-site interviews, input from the RAC will be used to adjust the calculated application rank score. The RPD will utilize this information to make the final decision in determining applicants that most closely match the BIDMC PGY1 program goals and opportunities at the medical center. Selected applicants will receive an e-mail of interview interest from the RPD. A predetermined list of interview dates will be sent to the candidates, and interview slots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Selected candidates will be interviewed on-site and evaluated utilizing a standardized evaluation and scoring tool. The RAC will meet to review the calculated interview scores and determine the final rank list. The BIDMC RAC reserves the right to adjust the rank list based on discussion and consensus of which applicants most closely match the program goals and opportunities at the medical center. 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 Requirements and Verification
Participation in the BIDMC PGY1 Residency Program is contingent on securing and maintaining a license without restriction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA).
- If a PGY1 Resident is not licensed prior to the start of the BIDMC PGY1 Residency program, the residents must obtain a MA pharmacy intern license, which they will practice under, until they pass the required examinations and receive notification that they are licensed as a pharmacist in MA.
- Residents are expected to be licensed as a pharmacist with the MA Board of Pharmacy within 90 days of the start their residency program. Should a resident not attain licensure within the 90 days, consideration may be given to extend this deadline on a case by case basis if the resident is progressing in the program appropriately, has no documented corrective action/s, and can be licensed within the next 30 days.
- Residents will be dismissed from the program if they have not obtained licensure by the corresponding date f (generally November 1st) that allows 2/3 of their residency program to be completed as a licensed pharmacist.
- The resident will communicate with the RPD the status of their progress in attaining licensure and confirmation of licensure once notified by the MA Board of Pharmacy.