Purpose

The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Description

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a directed experience in hospital practice and general pharmacotherapy. The MGH PGY1 program prepares individuals to practice as a clinical generalist or to pursue clinical specialty training through a variety of PGY2 residencies. Our mission is to provide a dynamic, goal-oriented environment to develop a well-rounded clinical expert, educator and leader, and to assure each resident is thoroughly trained in the provision of individualized direct patient care, clinical and didactic teaching, practice-based research, and patient-centric pharmacy leadership.

Throughout the year, the program reinforces the knowledge, thought processes and confidence for residents to provide pharmaceutical care to an assortment of patient populations. Residents gain experience in all pharmacy programs and services by working as an autonomous pharmacist within the pharmacy operations and longitudinal oversight of medication order review, physician order verification, and medication preparation, all while delivering comprehensive clinical pharmacy services. Through a range of experiences, the PGY1 resident develops independent practice skills and pharmacy leadership.

We currently offer eight positions for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Seven positions are for the general track and one position is for the international track.

Note for International Applicants:

Only International applicants who have completed a pharmacist training program affiliated with MCPHS University can apply to the International Track and will be considered based on the merits of his/her application.

If an International applicant is not from one of these training programs, he/she is welcome to apply to the General Track if they are eligible to work in the US and will be considered based on the merits of his/her application.

Program Goals

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients, including those with multiple co-morbidities, high-risk medication regimens, and multiple medications following a consistent patient care process
  • Ensure continuity of care during patient transitions between care settings
  • Prepare, dispense, and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate and investigate practice, review data and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care and/or the medication-use system
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Demonstrate management skills
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups)
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians or fellow health care professionals

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the MGH computerized order entry system, and side-by-side decentralized and operational training with pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Program Design and Conduct, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Required Learning Experiences: (5)

  • Orientation
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Transitions of Care

Selective Learning Experiences: (2)

Specialty medicine (select one)

  • Cardiology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Solid Organ Transplantation

Critical care (select one)

  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care
  • Surgical Intensive Care

Elective Learning Experiences (4):

  • Any of the above Selective Learning Experiences are available as elective if not chosen as a Selective Learning Experience
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Ambulatory Oncology
  • Focused Drug Policy
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Leukemia
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Substance Use Disorders

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Consult Pager
  • Medication Use Evaluations 
  • Emergency response with ACLS certification
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Resident officer positions and committees
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience student precepting
  • Teaching and Learning Seminar Certificate opportunity at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy (optional)

Contact Information

Tasleem Spracklin, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
TSpracklin@mgh.harvard.edu

Lanting Fuh, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
LFuh@mgh.harvard.edu

Regan Sevinsky, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine
Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
RSevinsky@partners.org