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PGY2 Residency - Infectious Diseases

Karrine Brade, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases

For general residency questions, please email [email protected].

Program Description

The PGY2 infectious diseases residency program at Boston Medical Center (BMC) provides a structured education and training experience for pharmacists looking to develop clinical expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy and antibiotic management.

After orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of rotations and longitudinal activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the program. The residency is a tailored, comprehensive program that emphasizes the development of advanced pharmaceutical care skills in the area of infectious diseases.

Upon completion of the specialty residency program at Boston Medical Center, the resident will have achieved a level of expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy to function as an independent clinical specialist or educator in the area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.

Program Outcomes

  1. Promote health improvement, wellness, and the prevention of infectious diseases.
  2. Optimize the outcomes of individuals with an infectious disease by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team or as an independent clinician.
  3. Manage and improve anti-infective-use processes.
  4. Demonstrate excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training centering on optimizing anti-infective pharmacotherapy.
  5. Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with an infectious disease.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  7. Conduct infectious disease pharmacy practice research.

BMC's Infectious Diseases Services
Section of Infectious Disease/BUSM and BMC

Core Rotations

  • Inpatient Infectious Diseases Consult Service (adults)
  • Inpatient Infectious Diseases Internal Medicine Service (adults)
  • Inpatient Infectious Diseases Consult Service (pediatrics)
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Critical Care (MICU or SICU)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (5 week focused rotation, plus 1 day/week longitudinal rotation)

Elective Rotations

  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Hematology/Oncology (Inpatient)

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • On-call Program
  • Research Project
  • Medication Use Evaluations
  • New Drug Monograph
  • Medication Guideline/Drug Policy Development
  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Participation in committees related to antibiotic use/management
  • Drug Therapy News - Pharmacy Newsletter
  • Participation on residency committees

Teaching Opportunities

  • Resident Case Conference (weekly)
  • In-services (to Nursing, Physicians, and Pharmacy staff)
  • 2 formal Continuing Education programs
  • Co-Precept PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students while on rotation
    (Northeastern University or Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences)
  • Facilitate Therapeutics Seminars (Northeastern University)
  • Resident Teaching Seminar (state-wide teaching series, certificate is obtained upon completion)


  • Estimated Stipend: $47,500
  • Insurance Benefits: Health, dental, vision, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance
  • Earned time accrual (holidays/vacation/sick leave)
  • Office space with computer
  • Travel/CE allowance ($1800/year): ASHP Midyear Meeting and an Infectious Diseases conference

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Certificate from PGY1 program (or equivalent)
  • Eligibility for licensure in Massachusetts
  • Be a US citizen or carry a permanent resident visa (a "green card")
  • Complete application: letter of intent (including goals), college transcript, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal on-site interview