PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency


PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build 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. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Program Description

The PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care at NHRMC consists of 12 months of specialized training and experience. This residency has been in place since 1998 and has been ASHP accredited since its year of inception.  The goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures have been developed and consistently updated in accordance with the accreditation standards set forth by ASHP. This program builds upon the fundamental professional practice skills and knowledge developed in PGY1 Residency. Enhancing the resident’s teaching and evaluation skills is another focus for this program. Throughout the year, the resident will:

  • Provide competent direct patient care in a variety of environments
  • Demonstrate responsibility for outcomes of the medication management of patients
  • Acquire, evaluate, and apply evidence-based medical information and therapeutic principles and guidelines
  • Optimize teaching skills and effectively educate health care practitioners, patients, students, and other residents about drug therapy
  • Develop self-evaluation skills and work closely with faculty to effectively evaluate others
  • Continue to develop skills which demonstrate leadership and commitment to the pharmacy profession

PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Curriculum

Required Rotations

Orientation (4 weeks)

Ambulatory Care - Family Medicine (3 blocks, 2 months each):

  • Various pharmacist run clinics (Chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, COPD, pain and opioid dependency, HTN, hyperlipidemia, hepatitis C, and Medicare Wellness Visits)
  • Inpatient Teaching Rounds(1/2 day each week)
  • Teaching Family Medicine Physician Residents
  • Co-precept pharmacy students
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Home Visits
  • Nursing Home Rounds

Ambulatory Care - Internal Medicine (1 block, 2 months):

  • Various pharmacist run clinics (Chronic diseases including diabetes, afib, DVT/PE, pain, HIV, hepatitis C and Medicare Wellness Visits
  • Teaching Internal Medicine Physician Residents
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Home Visits

Longitudinal Rotation (12 months)

  • Ambulatory Care Staffing: Transitions of Care follow-up phone calls (2 hrs/week) and Medicare Wellness Visits (4 hrs/week) within the Family Medicine Practice
  • Community Health: Planning and participating in events related to social determinants of health (4 hrs/week)
  • Leadership, Excellence and Development (LEAD): Personal and professional development (1-2 hrs/week)
  • Education (CE/Education Forum)
  • Writing (submission to peer reviewed journal)
  • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
  • Research Project
  • Teaching and Learning Curriculum (certificate optional)

Precepting (1 month)

  • Primary preceptor APPE student completing an ambulatory care rotation

Elective Rotations (2 months)

  • Ambulatory Care Specialty - Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Care Specialty - Care Team Clinic (HIV)
  • Ambulatory Care Specialty – Pain Management
  • Medical Mission Trip

Additional rotations may be available to fit the needs of the resident.

Community Outreach

  • All pharmacy residents will participate in a biannual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and will work together to coordinate two additional community outreach events annually


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Regional Residency Conference - Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPS)