Pharmacy Residency Program

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Program Description

The PGY1 pharmacy residency at Carney Hospital is a 12-month program designed to develop skills and competencies in the provision of pharmaceutical care. After six to eight weeks of orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of rotations and other longitudinal activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the Carney Hospital pharmacy residency program. Residents participate in all aspects of pharmacy services, including direct patient care, the pharmacy consult program, provision of education to pharmacy students, pharmacists and other health care professionals, and development and implementation of new pharmacy services.

Program Purpose

The PGY1 pharmacy residency focuses on the progressive development of clinical skills that were first applied in the advanced pharmacy practice experiences of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program to develop residents into clinical pharmacists capable of medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Graduates of the program will be eligible for board certification and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Residency Program

Required Learning Experiences (duration is five weeks each):

  • Orientation
  • Emergency Department
  • Internal Medicine
  • Intensive Care
  • Long-term Care at New England Sinai Hospital
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Capstone – Advanced Pharmacy Operations

Required Longitudinal Responsibilities:

  • Pharmacy Practice and LeadershipPharmacy Practice
    • Staffing (one weekend per month and one evening shift every other week, one winter holiday shift)
  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Teaching and Education
    • MCPHS Teaching and Learning Seminar

Elective Rotations:

  • Accountable Care Organization Clinical Pharmacy
  • Outpatient Infusion/Oncology at alternate local Steward facility
  • Student Precepting
  • Repeat a required rotation (Internal Medicine II, Intensive Care Unit II, Emergency Department II)

In order to successfully complete the residency program, it is expected that the resident will abide by all policies and procedures of Carney Hospital. The resident is expected to develop a residency quality improvement project to be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors prior to completion of the residency. The resident will successfully complete all required objectives set forth by ASHP and serve as a contributing member of the pharmacy team. 

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted at Carney Hospital is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (previously under Steward Norwood Hospital).


  • United States citizen or resident alien
  • PharmD degree from a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Massachusetts on July 1st

How to Apply

  • Residency candidates should complete an electronic residency application using ASHP PhORCAS, which will include:  
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Pharmacy school transcripts
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation including one from a faculty member and one from an employer
  • Application deadline: January 3, 2024

International applicants must have completed a pharmacy education or international training program and be a part of a Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) affiliate agreement which requires sponsorship from the Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission (SACM), in addition to the above requirements.


Estimated stipend: $50,000
Each resident receives a comprehensive benefits package that includes 10 days of vacation/sick time, health insurance, and financial assistance for attending the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors 

Number of positions: 2 (1 international)

Residency Program Director Contact Information

Melissa Tu, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Department of Pharmacy Services
Carney Hospital
2100 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester MA 02124
617-296-4012 x5241

[email protected]