Our pharmacy residency program is in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, offering both a PGY1 program and a 24-Month PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership program.

Both the PGY1 program and our 24-month Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership (PGY1/PGY2) program are proudly ASHP Accredited.


PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency

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 mid-year clinical meeting and the MCPHS Residency Fellowship Conference. The resident will be expected to staff a minimum of every third weekend and one four-hour evening shift per week. 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.

Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to enter numerous fields of clinical practice.

24-Month PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership (HSPAL)

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 in Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership is a structured, two-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.

Typical resident schedule


Core learning experiences (5 weeks):

  • Orientation
  • Medication Safety
  • Critical Care I
  • Critical Care II
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Anticoagulation

Electives (choose three; 5 weeks):

  • Advanced Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Transitions in Care
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Preceptor Development
  • Others upon discussion with Residency Program Director

Longitudinal experiences (12 months unless noted):

  • Emergency Medicine (4 hours/week)
  • Leadership/Administration (1 meeting/month)
  • Pharmacy Practice (every 3rd weekend + 1 major/1 minor holiday)
  • Residency Project
  • Teaching Certificate MCPHS University Boston (9 months)

Committee/Longitudinal Lead Involvement

Residents will also be involved in MWHC medication-related/multidisciplinary committee meetings and lead longitudinal learning experiences, which include:

Committee/Meeting Involvement

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Anticoagulation
  • Critical Care Committee
  • Diversion Oversight Committee
  • Falls
  • Med Safety
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee

Resident Longitudinal Lead Duties

  • Community Outreach/Nursing Education
  • P&T Committee meeting minutes/follow-up
  • Residency Communications
  • Students Activities and Follow-up
  • Students Orientation
  • Well-being and Resiliency

PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration

Core learning experiences (6 weeks unless noted):

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Clinical Pharmacy Leadership
  • Director of Pharmacy
  • Finances and Strategic Planning
  • Informatics Pharmacy Leadership
  • Operations Pharmacy Leadership
  • Enterprise Leadership

Electives (choose two; 4 weeks):

  • Advanced Finance
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Human Resources
  • Residency Program Coordination
  • Sterile Products Operations
  • Technology Advancement and Implementation
  • Others upon discussion with Residency Program Director

Longitudinal experiences:

  • Chief Resident
  • Leadership Project
  • Medication Safety/Drug Policy
  • On-Call Manager
  • Pharmacy Leadership Academy
  • Leadership Practice (staffing 8 hours/month; on-call 1 week/month)
  • Teaching MCPHS University Boston (9 months)

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or equivalent or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the NABP. All Residents are required to be a Massachusetts licensed pharmacist by September 30, preferably by July 31.

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. Interview by invitation
  6. Register and participate in National Matching


All materials should be submitted by January 5 of each year.

Positions available

  • PGY1: Two general track and three international track
  • PGY1/PGY2: One general track


  1. Ruchit Marfatia, PharmD, MSCR, BCCCP, BCIDP
    PGY1 Residency Program Director
    Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist
  2. Nicole Clark, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, FASHP, FMSHP
    HSPA Residency Program Director
    Director of Pharmacy

About MCPHS University Boston

MCPHS University 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.