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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

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

Pharmacy PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Curriculum

Required Rotations

Orientation (4 weeks)

  Ambulatory Care - Family Medicine (6 months):

  • Pharmacy Clinic (3 half days each week)
  • Inpatient Rounds (~ 1 week/month)
  • Teaching Physician Residents
  • Primary Preceptor for Advanced Pharmacy Student (1 month)
  • Provide Drug Information Answers
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Home Visits

  Ambulatory Care - Internal Medicine (2 months):

  • Pharmacy Clinic
  • Teaching Physician Residents
  • Projects

  Teaching as a rotation

  Primary preceptor APPE student

Elective Rotations (Longitudinal or Block)

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care Speciality-Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Care Specialty - Oncology
  • Ambulatory Care Specialty - Care Team Clinic (HIV)
  • Community Health and Prevention
  • Drug Information/Drug Use Policy
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Inpatient Family Medicine
  • Inpatient Cardiology
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Medical Mission
  • Practice Management
  • Project/Research

Education and Teaching

  • ACPE Continuing Education Presentation– 1 Presentation required per year
  • Physician, mid-level providers and nursing educational sessions
  • Co-precepting of PGY1 residents and students on rotation
  • Pharmacy Education forum – moderating and evaluating monthly student session


  • 1 original research project related to ambulatory care is required
  • Data presented at Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPS)
  • Manuscript preparation and submission for publication to a peer reviewed journal/publication

Service Component

  • Group class education (longitudinal 1 class/month minimum)
  • Medicare Wellness Visits (one 1/2 day each week)
  • Transitions of care
    • Providing discharge education and medication reconciliation on high-risk patients transitioning to care outside of the hospital (16 hours/month)
    • Transitional care management for Family Medicine patients transitioning from the hospital to their follow-up primary care provider visits at the Family Medicine clinic (~ 2 hours/week)

Community Outreach

  • All pharmacy residents will work together to coordinate two community outreach events annually


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