Pharmacy Residency Programs

The Miriam Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 residency programs build upon 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 PGY1 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 (PGY2) residencies.

Specialty Pharmacy

Contact The Miriam Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

PGY-1 Pharmacy Program, The Miriam Hospital, Director
Amy Brotherton, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP

[email protected]

Program Director

Amy L. Brotherton, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP Headshot

Amy L. Brotherton, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP

Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Infectious Diseases


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 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 present in body, mind and spirit at all assigned activities of the service they are currently a part of, including medical staff rounding, clinic visits 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 three references
  4. Personal interview
  5. Application deadline: January 2

Program Structure

Number of Positions: 2

Core rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Administration
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care 
  • Emergency Medicine – The Miriam Hospital
  • Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Care Adult Infectious Diseases

Elective rotations:

  • Academia (University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy)
  • Ambulatory Care - Adult Infectious Diseases
  • Ambulatory Care - Primary Care and Diabetes
  • Ambulatory Care - Specialty Pharmacy
  • Antithrombotic Stewardship - Rhode Island Hospital
  • Emergency Medicine - Rhode Island Hospital
  • Hematology/Oncology 
  • Infectious Diseases / Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Investigational Drug Services 
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • External rotations based on resident interest and preceptor availability 
  • Additional rotation in any core area

Longitudinal rotations:

  • Academia / Preceptorship (University of Rhode Island Teaching Certificate)
  • Research - Flipped Model (Research I and II)
  • Service Commitment / Staffing

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

Pharmacy practice staffing responsibilities are every third weekend plus one weekday evening every other week (from 4 pm to 8 pm). Weekend shifts may rotate between first and second shift.

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

Site Location

The Miriam Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, 247-bed hospital with a history of providing superior patient care. It is the recipient of numerous clinical quality awards and has earned an outstanding reputation in the community. Our pharmacy is an innovative, clinically stimulating, technology-intense, and professionally rewarding environment in which to learn and practice. Located in the vibrant city of Providence, it is also within minutes of beaches and miles of coastline in the Ocean State. Academic affiliation with University of Rhode Island.