Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Residency Program

About Us

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), in affiliation with MCPHS University Boston, provides a Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program which offers in-depth, hands-on experiences in all aspects of ambulatory care pharmacy practice.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is the second largest health center in Massachusetts and provides primary health and acute care services to residents of Lawrence and the surrounding Merrimack Valley area. The city of Lawrence is a densely populated community where approximately 30% of the population lives below federal poverty levels and nearly 75% are Hispanic. GLFHC is recognized as a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). GLFHC became the first organization in the nation to have an accredited Community Health Center sponsored Family Medicine Residency and the first in Massachusetts to be approved for tele-pharmacy technology. Our clinical pharmacy team provides direct patient care as partners in the PCMH model and practice under collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) agreements. GLFHC distinguishes itself by providing the highest quality multi-disciplinary patient care experience and innovative solutions to improve health outcomes.

MCPHS University is the oldest institution of higher education in Boston. MCPHS University is one of the few private, free-standing universities in the United States specializing in the education of health professionals, and has prepared more students for professional careers in pharmacy than any other academic institution in the world.

PGY-1 Residency Program Experience

The residency program offers a longitudinal direct patient care experience by affording the resident opportunities to provide comprehensive medication therapy management and disease state management focusing on, but not limited to, cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. The resident will also be directly involved with anticoagulation management, which includes obtaining a training certificate in anticoagulation therapy. The longitudinal experience will allow the resident to follow and care for patients throughout the year. The resident is an essential member of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) working alongside physicians, nurse practitioners, dieticians, nurses, social workers, and/or other ancillary healthcare professionals affording a variety of opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.

Additional longitudinal learning experiences include operations management of several 340B pharmacies, pharmacy staffing, a year-long residency project, and teaching and learning. The resident will gain teaching experience both at the Health Center and University. Through participation in formal lectures, small classroom facilitation, advanced practice management lab, and/or in- services, the resident is eligible for a teaching certificate. The resident will serve as a preceptor for pharmacy clerkship students.

Program Start Date

The one year residency program runs approximately from early July through the end of June.

Accreditation Status

The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

Number of Positions

The program currently has 1 residency position.

Applicant Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a candidate for spring graduation, or already have obtained a PharmD degree, from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Be licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts within 90 days of the residency start date
  • Be a citizen of the USA (naturalized citizens must provide proof of naturalization) or hold a visa allowing for completion of your residency year (we cannot sponsor your visa)

Contact Information

Residency Program Director:

Alicia Mam daCunha, PharmD, BCACP 

VP of Pharmacy Operations:

Diane Martin, RPh

Residency Program Coordinator and Primary Contact:

Alexia Sroka, PharmD, BCPS