Lifespan Pharmacy Residency Programs

Rhode Island Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

PGY-1 Purpose

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.

Program Director

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Steven Willis, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, PICU; Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship; PGY-1 Residency Program Director


Lifespan Pharmacy Residency

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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 the resident to expand the scope of his or her practice skills. The program objectives and goals are based on a standard list provided by ASHP and 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, the graduate 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. 


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

Program Structure

Core rotations - 1 month:

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Administration
  • Infection Diseases
  • Medication Safety
  • Immunocompromised Block (choose one)
    • Inpatient Oncology, Outpatient Oncology, Inpatient/Outpatient at The Miriam Hospital, Pediatric Oncology, Renal Transplant
  • Critical Care Block (choose one)
    • Medical ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Trauma ICU, Neuro Critical Care
  • Pediatrics Block (choose one)
    • General Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Oncology
  • Ambulatory Block (choose one)
    • Medicine Clinic, ID/HIV Clinic, Transitions of Care, Specialty Pharmacy

Elective rotations - 1 month:

  • Any rotation not selected within the core block
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Research/Healthcare Analytics (Brown University)
  • Hemophilia
  • Second Shift Critical Care
  • Anticoagulation Stewardship
  • Academia Elective (University of Rhode Island)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Psychiatry

Longitudinal rotations :

  • Service Commitment (12 months)
  • Research (12 months)
  • Formulary Management (6 months)
  • Preceptorship (1 rotation)

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

Pharmacy practice staffing responsibilities are every fourth weekend plus one weekday evening every other week. 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, Memorial Day, 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