Purpose

This PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. This PGY2 residency provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete this PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Description

The PGY2 residents who complete this ASHP-accredited residency will provide pharmaceutical care in many patient care environments and will be trained to meet the challenges of current and future pharmacy practice. Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as independent practitioners in a variety of transplant practice areas including kidney, liver, heart and lung transplantation. The accredited Transplant PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program adheres to the regulations and standards outlined in the ASHP Regulations on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies and the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacy Residency Programs.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 Transplant Pharmacy Residency.

Program Goals

  • Optimize outcomes in transplant recipients by providing evidence-based medication therapy as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team
  • Conduct and take ownership of a transplant focused research and quality improvement project
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills and exhibit essential personal skills of a practice leader
  • Participate in the health-system formulary process for pharmacotherapeutic agents used in solid organ transplant recipients
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training, preceptorship, or educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  • Develop an evidence-based approach when providing transplant medication-related information
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate evidence-based recommendations for both donors and transplant recipients in both the acute care and ambulatory settings
  • Display attributes required to function in an academic setting and exercise teaching skills essential to pharmacy faculty

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, electronic health record (Epic®) training, and side-by-side decentralized training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Acute Care Abdominal Transplantation
  • Acute Care Heart Transplantation
  • Acute Care Lung Transplantation
  • Ambulatory Care (choice of organ)

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Immunocompromised Infectious Diseases
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Cardiac surgery Intensive Care Unit
  • Transplant Nephrology
  • Advanced Heart Failure (MCS/LVAD)
  • Advanced Acute Care Transplant (choice of organ)
  • Hepatology
  • Pediatric transplant
  • Other experiences based on the resident’s interest

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Medication Safety Event Monitoring
  • Emergency Response
  • Pharmacy practice experience: decentralized clinical operations
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Resident officer positions and committees
  • Residents teaching seminar / teaching certificate at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy (optional)

Contact Information

Christin Rogers Marks, PharmD, BCPS, FAST, FCCP
Senior Clinical Coordinator – Transplant Pharmacy Services
Director, PGY2 Transplant Pharmacy Residency
crogers1@mgh.harvard.edu

Thais Gift, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist – Solid Organ Transplant
Coordinator, PGY2 Transplant Pharmacy Residency
tgift@partners.org