Description and Purpose

The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program offers a variety of learning experiences in psychiatric pharmacy at two practice sites, McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The mission of this residency program is to educate and refine the pharmacy resident’s skills in clinical pharmacy practice and patient care. This will be achieved through various learning experiences such as providing patient care in a variety of psychiatric settings, precepting pharmacy students and interns, clinical research, education of other disciplines, and committee involvement. Our goal is to help pharmacy residents develop their clinical skills to practice autonomously as an integral member of the healthcare team in a professional, ethical, and competent manner.

The purpose of this PGY-2 residency program is to provide residents the opportunity to build upon their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency experience to become clinical pharmacists in a specialized area of practice. PGY-2 residencies allow pharmacy residents to practice independently by conceptualizing and integrating their previously accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating them both into direct patient care. Upon completion of this program, pharmacy residents will be well-prepared for clinical pharmacy practice and patient care, academia, or other specialized positions, in addition to board certification in psychiatric pharmacy.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program.

About McLean Hospital

Founded in 1811, McLean Hospital is a leader in psychiatric care, research, and education and is the largest psychiatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Our staff, faculty, volunteers, and supporters are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. McLean offers high-quality mental health treatment for individuals of all ages experiencing a wide array of symptoms and diagnoses. Our programs are ideal for those who are having trouble identifying mental health diagnoses or struggling with managing symptoms. We specialize in hard-to-treat cases and in working with individuals who have been in treatment but are not achieving their desired treatment goals.

Consistently ranked as a top hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals survey, the staff at McLean recognize the importance of partnering with our patients and their families to successfully manage the conditions we treat. McLean clinicians and staff work together with patients to create customized treatment plans that focus on the individual’s goals, helping them learn the skills necessary to live successful, meaningful lives.

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Program Goals

  • In collaboration with the healthcare team, provide comprehensive medication management to patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders following a consistent patient care process
  • Ensure continuity of care during transitions between care settings for patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes for patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders, as applicable to the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of care for patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders
  • Demonstrate understanding of management in the provision of care for psychiatric patients
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education associated with the care of patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders, caregivers, health professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups)
  • Employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow healthcare professionals related to care of patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders
  • Demonstrate understanding of the management of psychiatric emergencies

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a one-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the computerized order entry system and electronic medical record, and side-by-side training with clinical pharmacy preceptors.

Required Learning Experiences:

  • Inpatient adult psychiatry
  • Outpatient adult psychiatry

Elective Rotation Learning Experiences (minimum of two required):

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Consultation liaison psychiatry
  • Chronic, intermediate, or extended inpatient psychiatric care
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Substance use disorders

Additional Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Geriatric neurocognitive disorders
  • PTSD, dissociative disorders, personality disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Psychiatric pharmacy leadership and administration

Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Precepting of APPE students and PGY1 residents
  • Teaching and Learning Seminar Certificate opportunity through Northeastern University School of Pharmacy (optional)
  • Committee membership and involvement:
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee formulary and monograph preparation and presentation
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee medication use evaluations
  • Formal research project and manuscript development
  • Professional presentations
  • Mental health court
  • Service commitment (staffing) experience:
    • One evening shift per month
    • One weekend shift per month
    • One holiday shift per residency year


  • Competitive stipend
  • Health insurance options
  • Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick time
  • Professional materials (laptop, office space, drug information resources, etc.)
  • Travel reimbursement for approved conferences
  • Professional memberships for CPNP and MSHP

How to Apply

To be eligible to apply for the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program, applicants must be graduates of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency program.

Applications should be submitted via PhORCAS and must include the following to be complete:

  • Formal letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official pharmacy school transcripts and undergraduate transcripts (if applicable)
  • Three standardized references completed through PhORCAS

The deadline for receipt of a completed PhORCAS application is December 31st, 2021.

Upon completion of applications review, qualified candidates will be contacted regarding interviews. The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

Contact Information

Lauren Stummer, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Operational Pharmacist
Director, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency