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What positions have your residents taken following residency?

Over the past 5 years, around 40 pharmacists have graduated from our PGY1 and PGY2 programs. In the last 3 years 40% of our PGY1 residents have gone on to pursue PGY2 training, 55% have taken a clinical pharmacist or clinical specialist position and 2 residents have gone on to fellowship. Residents have taken clinical pharmacist positions at BMC, other teaching hospitals, or in ambulatory care positions. Nearly all of our residents have secured their positions prior the end of the residency year. In many cases, this has enabled us to rearrange rotations to provide additional experience in their last months of training.

How are your residents evaluated?

Residents are evaluated according to the standards of ASHP. Informal feedback is provided throughout each rotation. An electronic endpoint evaluation of each rotation is required. Residents also evaluate the preceptor and the rotation experience at the end of each rotation. For CEs and case conferences, all preceptors and residents in attendance fill out an evaluation form. Residents are encouraged to participate in the evaluation to help develop skill in delivering constructive feedback. Residents' progress towards the program goals are evaluated globally on a quarterly basis.

In the PGY1 program, each resident is assigned an individual residency advisor. The advisor works closely with the program director to ensure the resident's program is tailored to meet their needs.

How many elective rotations are available?

Each program offers a different complement of required and elective rotations. For PGY1 residents, all rotations are 5 weeks long and there are 4 elective rotations. The core rotations in PGY2 programs tend to be of longer duration. Off-site rotations are not available for PGY1 residents. The availability of off-site rotations for PGY2 residents varies from year to year with each program.

Is a Longitudinal Project required?

All residents (PGY1 & 2) must design, conduct, and present a year-long residency research or quality improvement project. Each project has one or two preceptors who help guide the resident through the research process. Preceptors peer review new residency project ideas for feasibility prior to the class beginning on July 1. Residents are encouraged to offer their own ideas for projects as well.

Once projects are selected, a structured timeline for completion of each aspect of the project is set in place. All projects must be submitted for approval to the scholarship committee in the fall. Residents present their residency project as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Each resident has the opportunity to give and receive critique of the posters prior to presentation at the meeting. Data collection and analysis typically take place in the winter months. All PGY1 residents present their final projects as a platform presentation at the Eastern States Regional Residency conference in May. PGY2 residents may present final projects also at Eastern States or at an alternative specialty meeting. Final results are written up in manuscript format and must be completed in order to receive the residency certificate. Residents' performance with the residency project is evaluated quarterly.

What is the On-Call Program?

All residents (PGY1 & 2) take part in the department's clinical on-call program. Residents are on-call approximately one day per week with a clinical specialist back-up. On-call responsibilities include managing our pharmacist-run aminoglycoside dosing, vancomycin dosing, and direct thrombin inhibitor dosing protocols, and responding to 24/7 clinical on-call pager for non-formulary requests, drug information, and clinical pharmacy questions. Starting in Spring 2017, residents will be transitioned to participating in 24/7 in-house on-call.

What is the staffing requirement?

The staffing experience is designed to develop skills necessary to successfully practice as a pharmacist in the hospital setting. PGY1 residents staff in a central distribution model one evening per week. PGY1 residents also staff every 3rd weekend (Sat & Sun, 8 hour shifts). PGY2 staffing requirements differ by program; residents should contact the individual program directors.

Are there teaching opportunities available?

All residents (PGY1 & 2) lead and participate in Resident Case Conferences. They each prepare and present two MA Board of Pharmacy-Accredited Continuing Education lectures for BMC pharmacy staff. All residents also participate in a monthly Resident Teaching Seminar program from which a certificate is earned upon completion.

Depending on the level of interest, BMC residents can gain additional teaching experience by precepting pharmacy clerkship students while on rotations, participating as facilitators for Northeastern University's Therapeutics Seminar for 5th year pharmacy students, and when available, giving lectures to students in other allied health programs.

Do you have early commitment for your PGY2 programs?

Yes. The deadline for declaring early commitment at BMC is the first week of November. In the event more than one resident is interested in pursuing early commitment for the same program, interviews will take place for each candidate.

Are foreign students eligible to apply for BMC residency programs? Does BMC provide sponsorship for foreign visas?

Candidates for BMC residency programs must be U.S. citizens or carry a U.S. permanent resident visa (i.e. a U.S. "Green Card"). In addition, candidates must be a graduate of a fully ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy and be eligible to take the Massachusetts licensure exam by the start of residency. Individuals who require visa sponsorship are not eligible candidates for the BMC pharmacy residency programs.

Is attendance at the ASHP Midyear Meeting required?

No, attendance at ASHP Midyear Meeting or any other local residency showcase is not required for you to apply to our programs. The Residency Showcase is a forum for you to gain more information about our programs and to meet our preceptors and residents in person to "get a feel for the program". You can also accomplish this by contacting the program directors.

Does BMC participate in PPS?

BMC does not participate in ASHP's Personal Placement Service (PPS) for the PGY1 program. Participation in PPS for PGY2 programs varies from year to year. Interested PGY2 candidates should contact program directors prior to the Midyear meeting to make arrangements to meet outside of PPS.

What are the housing options for residents?

There are many housing options in Boston. Here are a few to help start your search:

Am I required to obtain a Massachusetts pharmacist license? Do I need a Massachusetts pharmacy intern license prior to pharmacist licensure?

Yes, all BMC pharmacy residents must become a licensed pharmacist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before October 1st of the residency year. Pharmacy residents who will not be licensed as a Massachusetts pharmacist prior to the start of residency must be registered as a Massachusetts pharmacy intern by the first day of residency (June 26th).

To apply for a pharmacy intern license

  1. Visit the website of the Board's licensing vendor, Professional Credentional Services (PCS)
  2. From the "Candidate" option, select "Pharmacy Intern Application" and download the provided form
  3. If you have additional questions, PCS can also be contacted by phone at: (877) 887-9727

Steps to obtaining a pharmacist license

  1. Apply for the NAPLEX
  2. The Massachusetts Board has contracted with Professional Credential Services, Inc (PCS), Nashville, TN, to process its applications for examination, licensure, and registration of pharmacists. Obtaining a license in Massachusetts may take longer than other states, especially for out-of-state applicants. As soon as you graduate please start the process. Note: The Board considers graduates of ACPE colleges/schools of pharmacy to have completely satisfied all intern hour requirements.
  3. If you have questions call, please PCS and speak to the Massachusetts coordinator, or contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.
  4. Massachusetts MPJE Study Material - There is a complete packet dedicated to Massachusetts pharmacy law located at the bookstore in the State House.
  5. Start this process early! Most of the application steps can be organized and completed before graduation.