Lifespan Pharmacy Residency Programs

Rhode Island Hospital/University of Rhode Island PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Purpose

Program graduates will function as independent ambulatory care pharmacy specialists within an interdisciplinary team caring for ambulatory patients. In addition, graduates will be prepared to function as adjunct faculty affiliated with a college or school of pharmacy. Finally, graduates will be prepared for Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

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Laura McAuliffe, PharmD, BCACP

Program Director

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Laura McAuliffe, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Ambulatory Care; Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care 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 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 offers comprehensive experiences in ambulatory care pharmacy practice involving collaborative practice and medication therapy management in a variety of practice settings. These include adult primary care, dermatology, gastroenterology (inflammatory bowel disease and hepatitis-C therapy management), renal transplantation, rheumatology, specialty pharmacy and transitions of care. Residents will be involved in teaching activities at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. Residents will be directed in skills critical to patient care, communication and leadership. A research project is required.

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.


  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
    5. Example of completed project in PowerPoint to be uploaded in PhORCAS
  4. Personal interview

Program Structure

This program consists of required and elective rotations. All the rotations are longitudinal in nature, except for Orientation and Healthcare Leadership. Longitudinal rotations occur one day per week for a certain number of months depending on the respective rotation block; the purpose of longitudinal rotations is to expose the resident to continuity of care and patient panel management. After one month of orientation, the program is composed of four blocks: the first block is four months in duration; the second block is approximately 6 weeks in duration for the Healthcare Leadership rotation and transitional time; the third and fourth blocks are each three months in duration. The required rotations may be 3 -11 months in duration. The elective rotations may be 3-4 months in length. Rotations occur Monday – Friday (unless noted otherwise, i.e. Service Commitment) and one day per week is allocated for research, operational, and academic commitments.

Core rotations:

  • Orientation 
  • Academia 
  • Healthcare Leadership 
  • Primary Care 
  • Hepatitis C-Virus or Ambulatory Infectious Diseases (HCV / HIV) 
  • Inflammatory Conditions (Rheumatology or Gastroenterology) 
  • Transitions of Care 
  • Outcomes Research and Healthcare Analytics

Elective rotations: 

  • Comprehensive Care Clinic 
  • Renal Transplantation Ambulatory Clinic 
  • Lifespan ACO/Medication Therapy Management 
  • Recovery Clinic 
  • Heart Failure Clinic 
  • Ambulatory Hematology / Oncology 
  • Medicine Pediatrics Primary Care Clinic 
  • Anticoagulation 

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

Pharmacy practice staffing responsibilities are every fourth weekend plus one weekday every week. Weekend shifts are morning 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: $57,000
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Holiday, vacation, and sick leave
  • Free parking
  • Workspace with computer
  • Travel, continuing education allowance