Lifespan Pharmacy Residency Programs

Lifespan Specialty Pharmacy PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose

PGY-1 residency programs build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY-1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY-2) residencies.

Pharmacy Residency Program

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Program Director, PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program
Lyndsey Garde, PharmD, BCACP, CDOE
[email protected]

Program Director

Lyndsey Garde, PharmD Headshot

Lyndsey Garde, PharmD

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Specialty Pharmacy Services; Director, PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program


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Lifespan is pleased to offer a variety of pharmacy residency programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). 

Program Goals and Details

Program Goals

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

This program is designed and structured to offer opportunities to develop skills and abilities to successfully practice in the community which includes one or more of the following areas: chronic disease management, MTM services, specialty pharmacy services, primary care, clinic-based care as well as pursuit of a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care.

Training focuses on access, dispensing, adherence, and clinical management of a full range of disease states in specialty pharmacy and chronic diseases. The program also provides exposure to the fundamentals of administration, research, accreditation, and quality improvement.

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 present in body, mind and spirit at all assigned activities of the service they are currently a part of, including clinic visits and administrative activities. An eight-hour day is expected for physical presence on site during assigned workdays.

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 and approved by the residency director. Hours worked will be reported monthly by each resident. Consideration will be given to residency workload, current assignments, and the resident's  standing within the program.

Requirements and Qualifications

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

Program Structure

This program consists of required and elective rotations. All rotations are longitudinal in nature, except for orientation and population health/MTM. Longitudinal rotations occur one day per week for a certain number of months depending on the respective block. 

Core rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Health Equity
  • Inflammatory I & II
  • Oncology/Hematology I & II
  • Pharmacy Operations & Staffing
  • Population Health
  • Practice Management: Administration
  • Practice Management: Quality & Accreditation
  • Primary Care
  • Pulmonary
  • Research I & II
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Transplant

Elective rotations:

  • Cardiology
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Infectious Disease & Immunology
  • Inflammatory (different focus area)
  • Informatics
  • Neurology
  • Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

Pharmacy practice staffing responsibilities are every fourth weekend plus one weekday (morning or evening) every week. Weekend shifts are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Residents are responsible for staffing two holidays per year. Recognized hospital holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. 

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