Lifespan Pharmacy Residency Programs

Coastal Medical PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs build on doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) 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 (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.

Specialty Pharmacy

Contact the Coastal Medical PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Program, Coastal Medical Director

Elyse Gagne, PharmD, BCACP, CDOE, CVDOE
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care
Email: [email protected]

Program Director

Elyse Gagne, PharmD, BCACP, CDOE, CVDOE Headshot

Elyse Gagne, PharmD, BCACP, CDOE, CVDOE

Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Residency Program Director


Program Goals and Details

Program Goals

The residency program will provide the resident with specific learning/practice experiences designed to enable the resident to expand the scope of their his or her practice skills. The program objectives and goals are based on ASHP standards, a standard list provided by ASHP that reflect our program’s purpose. 

Program graduates will be prepared to function independently and act as essential members of an interdisciplinary team caring for patients. Further, graduates will be prepared to function as adjunct faculty for pharmacy students on rotation and in classroom learning experiences at a college of pharmacy. Finally, graduates will be prepared for board certification in pharmacotherapy.

Supervision and Work Ethic

The resident is expected to achieve the objectives of the residency program related to both administrative and professional practice skills. The resident reports to and is supervised by the rotation preceptor and the residency program director. During staffing, the resident is under the supervision of the pharmacist in charge.

Hours of practice vary according to the requirements set forth by the preceptor and director. The resident is expected to be physically and mentally present at all clinical and administrative activities. An eight-hour day is expected for physical presence on site during assigned work days.

The residency program is the resident’s most important commitment. Working extra shifts outside the residency program requirements (moonlighting) is strongly discouraged, especially at the beginning of the residency. To work overtime, the resident must be trained in the area. Extra work moonlighting and overtime work must be requested through and approved by the residency director and hours worked will be reported on a monthly basis by each resident. Consideration will be given to residency workload and deliverables assigned and resident standing within the program.

Requirements and Qualifications

  1. PharmD degree from an accredited school/college of pharmacy
  2. Eligibility for Rhode Island licensure
  3. Application must be submitted through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS)
    1. Formal letter of intent
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Official university/college transcripts
    4. PhORCAS recommendation form from 3 references
  4. Personal interview

Program Structure

Core rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Primary Care I
  • Drug Information
  • Managed Care
  • Primary Care II
  • Primary Care III
  • CHF and COPD Population Health Management/Coastal@Home
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Longitudinal rotations:

  • Research
  • Medication Safety
  • Staffing
  • Practice Management
  • Teaching

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

The resident is required to staff 1 Saturday every month including Thanksgiving weekend and 2 minor holiday weekends. Before the resident is fully licensed, staffing will include working under the pharmacy technician protocol to refill medications and complete prior authorizations.

Once licensed, the resident will perform other pharmacist related activities which may include comprehensive medication reviews via telephone outreach, quality measures, antibiotic stewardship, and opioid stewardship.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Estimated stipend: $53,000
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Holiday, vacation, and sick leave
  • Free parking
  • Workspace with computer 
  • Travel, continuing education allowance