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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation standard provides criteria that every program must meet in order to receive and maintain accreditation. This program follows the ASHP-approved PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency competency areas, goals and objectives. One of the requirements for this residency program is successful completion of a PGY1 residency.

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Laura McAuliffe, PharmD, BCACP

The strength of this program is its flexibility: it can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual resident. The mission of our program includes developing a core skill set in ambulatory care pharmacy with a focus on diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease management, medication therapy management, specialty pharmacy, patient care and professional practice.


PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Program graduates will be prepared to function independently as ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialists and essential members of an interdisciplinary team caring for ambulatory patients. Further, graduates will be prepared to function as adjunct faculty for pharmacy students on rotation and in classroom learning experiences at the College of Pharmacy. Finally, the graduate will be prepared for board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy.


The residency program will provide residents 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 Description

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, including clinic visits, education classes and administrative activities. An eight-hour day is a minimum requirement for physical presence on site during assigned work days.

The work of the department is the resident’s most important commitment. Working outside the residency program (moonlighting) is strongly discouraged, especially at the beginning of the residency. To work overtime, the resident must be trained in the area. Moonlighting and overtime work must be approved by the residency program director and hours worked will be reported on a monthly basis by each resident.

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Program Compensation

  • Stipend ($45,675.97)
  • Health, dental and life insurance
  • Holiday, vacation and sick leave
  • Free parking
  • Office space with computer
  • Travel, continuing education allowance

The PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency, conducted by Rhode Island Hospital in partnership with the University of Rhode Island, is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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