Tufts Medicine MelroseWakefield Hospital

Pharmacy Administration Residency & Leadership Programs

Tufts Medicine MelroseWakefield, in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy‐Boston at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), is offering Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) and 24-month PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Pharmacy Residency Program.


Tufts Medicine is a coordinated system of hospitals, physician practices and community-based services providing care for communities throughout north suburban Boston. Tufts Medicine has been committed to its mission of providing quality care and achieving clinical excellence for the patients it serves. The system includes MelroseWakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; MelroseWakefield Medical Center, Reading; MelroseWakefield Medical Building, Tufts Medical Center Community Care; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; and Lawrence Memorial/Regis College School of Nursing. You will find more than 400 physicians trained at the country’s top medical schools and teaching hospitals who bring an exceptional level of patient care that meets the most rigorous medical standards. MelroseWakefield Hospital is a founding member of Tufts Medicine, along with Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital.

MCPHS‐Boston is the second oldest pharmacy school in the United States with a strong commitment to preparing future leaders of the profession of pharmacy. The University is located in the prestigious Longwood Medical and Academic Area. The University grants degrees in several undergraduate and graduate programs.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Purpose Statement

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.   

Program Description

The PGY1 program is a structured, one-year postgraduate educational and training experience that fosters the development of advanced knowledge and skills in the delivery of pharmaceutical services within a community hospital setting.

Besides completing core and elective learning experiences, the resident will conduct a longitudinal research project to be presented at the ASHP midyear clinical meeting and the MCPHS Residency Fellowship Conference. The resident will be expected to staff a minimum of every third weekend/weekday as specified in residency manual and one 4 hour evening shift a week. The resident will have an academic appointment as the rank of adjunct instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS. The resident will teach in various areas of pharmacy practice and will gain experience as a preceptor for pharmacy students on advanced clinical rotations.

Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to enter numerous fields of clinical practice. The PGY1 program has 2 general track positions (NMS Code 127513) and 3 international track positions available (NMS Code 127521)

24-month PGY1/PGY2 HSPAL

Purpose Statement

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

Program Description

The PGY1/PGY2 is a structured, 2-year postgraduate educational and training experience that is designed to develop pharmacists in the skills necessary to become a competent and confident formal hospital pharmacy leader.

The PGY1 program provides a strong practice foundation with an emphasis on clinical skill development. The PGY2 program provides a broad experience in the management of pharmacy services in a community health system setting including inpatient and ambulatory programs, as well as foundation skills in human resources, leadership, technology, compliance, informatics, operational management, finance, medication safety and quality.

The 24 month PGY1 & PGY2 program (NMS code 239741) has 1 position available.


Program Start Date

The residency program runs from July 1st (or closest Monday) through June 30th (or closest Friday) of each year.

Accreditation Status

The PGY1 and 24-month PGY1/PGY2 programs are ASHP accredited.

Applicant Requirements

The applicant must possess a PharmD degree from a college or university accredited by ACPE or equivalent experience and must be eligible for MA license in pharmacy. Requirements must be met prior to the start date of the application year. Applicants must apply through PhORCAS. Application deadline is January 5th.

For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.melrosewakefield.org/careers/pharmacy-residency-program/

For information please contact:

Ruchit Marfatia, PharmD, MSCR, BCCCP, BCIDP
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Tufts Medicine MelroseWakefield
Tel: 781.979.3190
Email: Ruchit.marfatia@tuftsmedicine.org

Nicole Clark, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, FASHP, FMSHP
HSPAL Residency Program Director
Director of Pharmacy
Tufts Medicine MelroseWakefield
Tel: 781.979.6125
Email: Nicole.clark@tuftsmedicine.org