Hallmark Health System/MCPHS
Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

ASHP accredited


The Hallmark Health System (HHS)/MCPHS University- Boston residency is a structured, 1-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. The fundamental goal of the residency is to attract and develop pharmacists whose talents and motivation indicate a strong potential for assuming leadership roles in a community hospital setting.


Pharmacists play an integral role in providing quality health care services to patients and practitioners.  The development of strong communication skills, leadership qualities and experience in diverse health care settings will produce a well-trained and determined pharmacist.  The HHS/MCPHS pharmacy practice residency is constructed to provide the resident with the ability to expand their practice in  multiple aspects of pharmaceutical care, academia, and other areas of pharmacy practice in order to develop the skills necessary for a career in clinical pharmacy.


PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for board certification, and eligible for year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs. Upon completion of the residency the resident will be prepared and well qualified to enter into numerous fields of clinical pharmacy practice, including patient care positions, adjunct faculty positions or PGY2 training in particular areas such as critical care, informatics, oncology, anticoagulation and pharmacy leadership/administration.

Residency Learning Experiences PGY1

Core Learning Experiences:

Critical Care
Geriatric Psychiatry
Infectious Disease
Internal Medicine

Electives (choose three):

Advanced Critical Care
Advanced Infectious Disease
Medication Safety
Oncology (Tufts Medical Center)
Transitions in Care

Longitudinal experiences:

Drug Information
Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy Practice
Residency Project
Teaching Certificate MCPHS University-Boston

Positions Available:
Two PGY1 General US Citizen Track
Three PGY1 International Track

PGY1 Program Director: Nicole Clark, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Contact Information: Nicole Clark, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Clinical Practice and Education Manager
Hallmark Health System
Tel: (781) 979-6125
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Hallmark Health System/MCPHS 24-Month
Postgraduate Year 1/Year 2 Residency Program

ASHP Pre-candidate status

Program Description

This program is designed to enable the resident to develop the professional skills necessary to serve in a formal leadership role.  It includes exposure to national, regional and local activities that are directed to support team management, regulatory compliance, performance measure monitoring and compliance, and resource management.  Emphasis is placed on practical and applied management and leadership topics such as personnel management, communication, resource management, project development, automation, and medication use processes. This is a 24-month program where the first 12 months is a general PGY1, followed by a PGY2 in health-system pharmacy administration. Besides completing core and elective learning experiences, the resident will have to conduct a longitudinal research project to be presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (MCM) and the UHC Conference at the ASHP MCM. The resident will be expected to staff a minimum of every third weekend. The resident will have an academic appointment at the rank of Instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University. The resident will teach in various areas of pharmacy practice and will gain experience as a preceptor for pharmacy students on advanced clinical rotations.

Residency Goals & Objectives

The goals of the residency program are to develop pharmacists in the skills necessary to become a competent and confident hospital pharmacy formal leader. The pharmacy resident is responsible for providing patient care to a diverse patient population. The resident serves as a drug information resource for patients and clinicians, and co-precepts pharmacy students from MCPHS. The pharmacy resident is responsible for identifying and resolving medication therapy issues for patients and will work toward assuming care for all patients on units. They will take responsibility for solving drug-related problems and assuring optimal drug therapy outcomes. 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.

Graduates of the program will be capable of assuming roles as clinical coordinators, team leaders, pharmacy supervisors, or managers in a variety of pharmacy practice settings including academic medical centers. These are the leaders that will ultimately assume senior pharmacy leader and director of pharmacy positions.

Residency Learning Experiences PGY2

Core Learning Experiences:

Human Resources
Clinical management
Operational management
Medication safety
Continuous Quality Improvement
Financial Planning
Strategic Planning
Leadership Project

Electives (choose two):
Advanced Finance 
Human Resources
Residency Program Coordination
Safety and Quality
Sterile Products Operations
Technology Advancement and Implementation
Others upon discussion with Residency Program Director

Longitudinal Experiences:

Chief Resident
Pharmacy Leadership Academy (completed during PGY1)
Leadership Project
HSPA Program Director: Michelle C. Corrado, PharmD, MHA, FACHE
Contact Information: Michelle C. Corrado, PharmD, MHA, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer
HSPA Residency Program Director
Hallmark Health System
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Applicant requirements for all programs:

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. All Residents are required to be a MA licensed pharmacist by September 30, preferably by July 31st.

Positions available:
One  PGY1/PGY2

How to Apply
All applicants must apply through PhORCAS

1.    Letter of intent
2.    Curriculum vitae
3.    All official college transcripts
4.    Three recommendation forms (through PhORCAS)
5.    On-site interview
6.    Register and participate in ASHP National Matching Program

All materials should be submitted to PhORCAS on or before January 6, 2018.

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