How many residency positions are available at BIDMC?
There are four PGY1 Residency positions, one PGY2 Infectious Diseases and one PGY2 Critical Care position.
Must I attend the ASHP Midyear meeting to be considered for the BIDMC Residency?
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 through PHORCAS.
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, PGY1 Experience and letters of recommendation weigh heavily 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.
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 (8am - 4:00pm) of meetings with the Residency Director, clinical preceptors, infectious diseases and stewardship attendings, 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.
What is the salary?
The salary for the 2016-17 Residency Program is $50,000.
What are the staffing requirements?
Stewardship pager coverage one full day weekly.
Do I need to be licensed in the State of Massachusetts at the start of residency?
Residents must be eligible for licensure (reciprocity or examination) on initiation of the program and licensed within 90 days from the start of the residency.
Does the BIDMC Residency Program have a website?
Yes, the website address is:
From the website you can access detailed information regarding current and past residents, preceptors, rotations and other aspects of the BIDMC PGY1 Residency Program. The PGY2
What orientation will I receive prior to starting the residency?
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 ID/Stewardship training will be scheduled later in the residency in individual clinical practice rotations. This training will prepare the resident for the service component of the residency as well as provide insight into the operational workflow and policies and procedures of the pharmacy and medical center.
How will the program address my individual residency goals?
Required “core” rotations provide the resident a broad experience in the provision of care to the hospitalized patient. A range of elective rotations allows the residents to customize their program to match their interests. Flexibility within the program allows residents to select elective rotations to maximize their exposure to their areas of interest. Active participation by the residents in designing their program is encouraged.
What teaching experiences are available in the program?
BIDMC’s affiliation with MCPHS provides the resident with a number of teaching opportunities. The resident 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.
What career paths have BIDMC residents selected following the residency program?
The majority of PGY1 residents are practicing as clinical pharmacists in the inpatient care setting of various medical institutions across the country, or practicing as full or adjunctive faculty in the academic setting. Our first PGY2 ID graduate is in an ID Fellowship training program in Arizona and the second is a Stewardship Coordinator at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.