PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

About Our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

This PGY-1 residency is a 12-month program designed to develop residents into well-rounded ambulatory care pharmacy practitioners. Residents will select their curriculum from a variety of general and specialty ambulatory care, transitions of care and pharmacy administration experiences to gain broad exposure to areas of practice impacting the ambulatory patient.

This unique program allows the resident the opportunity to gain experience at multiple nationally-recognized teaching institutions throughout the Boston area. Additional experiences in a teaching certification program, outpatient pharmacies, Meds-to-Beds and health system owned specialty pharmacy enable the resident to pursue a wide variety of career paths upon program completion.

How To Apply

Pharmacy Residency Positions

For the 2024-25 residency year, BILH will accept two candidates for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

Residency Eligibility

Qualifications for participation in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program are in accordance with criteria set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

  • Residents must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
  • Residents must be licensed as a pharmacist or licensed as a pharmacy intern AND eligible for pharmacist licensure prior to commencement of residency.
  • Residents must be licensed in MA within 120 days of the commencement of the residency.
  • Residents must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Work authorization sponsorship for this position is unavailable.
  • Residents shall participate in and obey the rules of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program.

Application Deadline

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by January 2 of the year you wish to begin the program.

Application Materials

Application templates are available electronically using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS). All applicants must provide the following:

  1. Letter of Interest, including a statement of professional goals and reasons for pursuing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation
  4. Official Pharmacy School Transcript

Submission of Application Materials

Applications to the BILH PGY1 Residency program are to be submitted electronically using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS).

Selection of Applicants for an Interview

Members of the BILH Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) will utilize a program specific applicant selection rubric to review and determine a score for each application to the program. The letter of intent, CV, scholastic record and letters of recommendation weigh highly in the review process. We also consider work experience, career goals, leadership activities, teaching experience, and involvement in professional activities as important factors in our selection process. Selected applicants will receive an email of interview interest from the Residency Program Director (RPD). A predetermined list of interview dates will be sent to the candidates, and interview slots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Interview Process

Selected candidates will be interviewed and evaluated utilizing a standardized evaluation and scoring tool. The RAC will meet to review the calculated interview scores and determine the final rank list. The BILH RAC reserves the right to adjust the rank list based on discussion and consensus of which applicants most closely match the program goals and opportunities at the medical center. A rank list will be submitted to the Resident Matching Program.

Acknowledgment of Residency Match

Residents matched to the BILH Residency program will receive an acceptance letter acknowledging the match and delineating the general terms and conditions of the residency. Acknowledgment in writing by the resident will constitute acceptance of the match and agreement to fulfill the duties of the residency position for the upcoming year.

Benefits & Stipend

Salary/Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • The 2024-25 PGY1 Residents will receive an annual stipend of $52000 with accrued PTO.
  • Residents earn approximately 28 PTO days during their 12-month program, which may be used for holidays, sick time, vacation days, conferences, interviews and personal days.


  • Health Insurance: comprehensive medical, dental and eye coverage.
  • Public transportation and parking discounts.
  • Reimbursement for one major national meeting (often, but not exclusively, ASHP Midyear) and one local meeting (often, but not exclusively the Eastern States Residency Conference or Massachusetts Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Annual Meeting).
  • Additional benefits (provided and optional) are detailed in the Employee Benefits Handbook provided by the Human Resource Department.
Must I attend the ASHP Midyear meeting to be considered for the BILH residency?

No. While attendance at the meeting provides a direct opportunity to meet and discuss our program, we recognize that not everyone is able to attend. Selections for interviews will be based on our review of the submitted applications.

What should I expect during the interview?

Candidates will meet with the Residency Program Director, multiple program preceptors, and current residents through an online interview. All candidates will be asked the same series of prepared questions. Candidates should be prepared to give a 15-minute clinical presentation of their choosing and to complete a clinical case during the interview.

What are the staffing requirements?

Staffing expectations are one shift a week throughout the year, rotating between the outpatient pharmacies, one on site at the medical center, one specialty pharmacy, and one system-wide home delivery pharmacy.

What orientation will I receive prior to starting the residency?

Orientation will be customized to the new resident’s needs, including time in clinics at multiple practice sites and one full week in an outpatient pharmacy before staffing requirements. Expect orientation to last approximately the first month of the program.

What teaching experiences are available in the program?

BILH's affiliation with multiple local colleges of pharmacy provides the resident with a number of teaching opportunities and a teaching certificate.

How will the program address my individual residency goals?

Core rotations provide the resident with broad experience in the provision of care to the ambulatory patient. The opportunity to customize the residency through selective rotations further allows the residents to individualize their residency program to align with their interests. Active participation by the residents in designing their rotation schedule is encouraged.


Learn more about BILH's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Curriculum, including learning experiences and longitudinal responsibilities.

Core Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation & Training
  • Primary Care
  • Anticoagulation
  • Transitions of Care (through outpatient pharmacy)

Selective Rotations

Residents will be required to choose one rotation within each of the following areas:

  • Primary Care elective
  • Immunology
  • Medication Access / Biologics

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Staffing
  • Leadership / Management
  • Project
  • Teaching

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Specialty Pharmacy – concentrated
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Endocrinology
  • Pain/Palliative Care
  • Population Health
  • Remote Patient Monitoring (HTN)
  • Administration – concentrated

Residency Leadership

Elizabeth Haftel, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, CDCES
Elizabeth Haftel, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, CDCES Pharmacy School: Northeastern University, 2013 Residency Elliot Health System, 2014
John Scolaro, PharmD, BCACP, BCADM
John Scolaro, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, BCADM Pharmacy School: Northeastern University, 2014 Residency Penobscot Community Health Care, 2015

Featured Locations

Residency experiences are available at the following locations:

BILH Pharmacy Inc. Address Icon Westwood, MA
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Address Icon Burlington, MA
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Address Icon Boston & Chelsea, MA
Beverly Hospital Address Icon Danvers, MA
Joslin Diabetes Center Address Icon Boston, MA