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Beth Israel Postgraduate Residency Program

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Postgraduate Year 1 Residency Program


Pharmacists are a vital component of the healthcare team, working in partnership with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to the patients they serve. The Post Graduate Year one (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in conjunction with MCPHS, provides a structured, advanced education and training experience that prepares its graduates to successfully practice in patient care positions, clinical faculty positions, or PGY2 training programs in the area of their choice. It is the intent of the BIDMC PGY1 Residency Program to provide an exemplary environment conducive to resident learning.

Program Description

Residents rotate assignments throughout the year and, to the extent possible, areas of assignment are designed around the resident's interests. In all areas to which the residents are assigned, they assume the role and responsibility of team members in the clinical service, as well as teaching and administrative aspects of the unit.

The PGY1 program requirements include completion of core rotations: Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Medicine Intensive Care, Practice Management, Teaching and Ambulatory Care. The scheduling of elective rotations is flexible and the resident will select two core electives in the following areas of practice: Cardiology, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Infectious Diseases Advanced Electives; Hematology/Oncology (Inpatient), Medication Safety, Solid Organ Transplantation, and Surgical Intensive Care.  Additional elective rotations will be made available during the remainder of the residency year, or, if the resident wishes, they may expand their clinical experiences in any of the core required or elective rotations. Additional focus is given to longitudinal activities that include, but are not limited to, pharmacy service (staffing), medication safety, drug information, P & T Committee, and the completion of a residency project. 

The residents gain teaching experience at MCPHS University and participate as Clinical Clerkship Preceptors for Doctor of Pharmacy students during Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at BIDMC. In addition, the residents serve as instructors in the MCPHS University Pharmacotherapeutics Seminar I and II Courses in the fall and spring semesters. The residents also have the opportunity to gain didactic lecture experience at MCPHS University.


Program Outcomes, Goals, and Objective for the BIDMC PGY1 program are in alignment with the ASHP Residency Learning System required goals.  These goals will be taught and evaluated throughout the program to assure the desired outcomes are achieved through structured learning experiences. Upon successful completion of the program’s curriculum and experiential training, the resident will demonstrate that he/she is competent and proficient in his/her ability to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics.

Having met these requirements, the resident will be awarded a certificate of completion. This certificate will attest that the resident has achieved competencies consistent with and in accordance with accreditation standards as set forth by ASHP and/or other accrediting bodies.

Program Director: Katherine Cunningham, PharmD, MHA, BCPS

Contact Information:

Katherine Cunningham, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Pharmacy Department
1 Deaconess Road, WCCB17
Boston, MA 02215

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