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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.

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 named the “Immigrant City” for its rich multiethnic and multicultural history. Currently, a large percentage of the population is Hispanic which further shapes the local culture and how health care is delivered.

GLFHC is recognized as a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) which affords our pharmacy resident a wealth of interdisciplinary interactions. GLFHC became the first organization in the nation to have an accredited Community Health Center sponsored Family Medicine Residency. This means you will have the opportunity to directly work and train alongside primary care physicians.

Our clinical pharmacy team provides direct patient care as partners in the PCMH model and practice under collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) agreements. The GLFHC Family Pharmacy participates in the 340B program which enables scarce resources to be stretched and spread to the most vulnerable patient populations. As a whole, GLFHC distinguishes itself by providing the highest quality multidisciplinary patient care experience and innovative solutions to improve health outcomes in an underserved urban community.

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

GLFHC, in affiliation with MCPHS University-Boston, provides a Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program with opportunity for participation in all aspects of ambulatory care pharmacy practice and teaching and learning.

The residency program offers longitudinal and elective experiences which allow residents to become fully immersed in the PCMH model, sharpen core skills, and be involved in the community.

Upon completion of the program, the resident will demonstrate competency in:

  • patient care;
  • advancing practice and improving patient care;
  • leadership and management;
  • teaching, education, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Required and elective learning experiences will serve as the framework for the residency year:

  • Orientation
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services (CPS)
  • Patient-Centered Dispensing
  • Operations Management
  • Residency Project
  • Electives
  • Homeless Shelter Elective
  • Behavioral Health Elective

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.

Application Deadline

We utilize PhORCAS and the Match. Applications are due in PhORCAS by January 15, 2018.

Applicant Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a candidate for spring graduationor 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
Email: amdacunha@glfhc.org

Vice President of Pharmacy Operations:
Diane Martin, RPh
Email: diane.martin@glfhc.org

Residency Program Coordinator and Primary Contact:
Alexia Sroka, BA, PharmD, BCPS
Email: alexia.sroka@glfhc.org

For additional information, please visit our website.