Pharmacy Residency Programs: PGY-2 Ambulatory Care


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The purpose of this 12-month PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program is to provide residents the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level competence in patient-centered care and to further the development of leadership and teaching skills that can be applied in any position and in any practice setting related to ambulatory care. At the end of the residency, the goal is for the resident to practice as an independent ambulatory care practitioner, to be a competent preceptor, and possess the skills necessary to develop their own ambulatory care practice setting.

Graduates of this Hennepin Country Medical Center PGY-2 residency program will be competent and confident practitioners of direct patient care in multiple practice environments. They will be accountable for achieving optimal medication management as collaborative members of the health care team. Activities involving direct patient interaction in an ambulatory setting, physician consultation, teaching and clinical research are major components of this specialized ambulatory care residency. Through this experiential training, the PGY-2 resident will:

  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in ambulatory pharmacy practice
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary patient care team offering patient-specific therapeutic interventions to prevent, treat, cure, rehabilitate and alleviate medical conditions and diseases
  • Exercise skill in educating and communicating with other health care professionals, patients, and the community on topics relating to patient- centered care
  • Enhance skills in providing drug information, detecting and reporting adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, patient-specific drug selection and dosage adjustment, and therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Advance their knowledge and understanding of ambulatory pharmacy management and operations systems
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, assessing their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system

Residency Rotation Requirements

PGY-2 goals and objectives are achieved over a 12 month period. As a teaching and research-based hospital, interdisciplinary teaching and precepting is emphasized throughout the year, in addition to residency research project management and ambulatory clinic development.

Clinical Rotation Requirements

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  • Pharmacist Operations/Orientation
    • Health-System Pharmacy Practice & HealthCare for the Homeless
  • Ambulatory Practice Development
  • Practice Leadership
  • Management of Ambulatory Clinical Services
  • Direct Patient Care Experience
    • Internal Medicine, Anticoagulation, and Geriatrics, Transitions of Care

Clinical Elective Rotation Opportunities

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Kidney Transplant Clinic
  • HIV/Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Poison Center/ Toxicology
  • Rural Clinic Experience (primary care)
  • Psychiatry (inpatient)
  • Additional Inpatient Hospital Rotations as Requested

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Opportunities/Expectations/Requirements

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Residents will participate and contribute in leadership and management activities for enhanced teaching skills and for professional development of leadership abilities, as noted below:

  • Attendance and participation in weekly Management Meetings
  • Participation and facilitation of monthly ambulatory care journal club
  • Teaching and precepting of pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) and PGY-1 ambulatory care rotations
  • Creation or updating of an existing collaborative practice agreement suitable for use in the ambulatory care setting.
  • Preparation and provision of clinical or disease-focused lectures to ambulatory, hospital, pharmacy and primary care staff, as requested
  • Preparation and distribution of pharmacy publications and professional ambulatory care drug information updates

Ambulatory Care Residency Project Requirements

Residents will complete and present research within the organization and at regional and national meetings. Additionally, residents will compose research into professionally acceptable manuscript format for possible journal publication. Research activities are as noted below:

  • Medication Use Evaluation/ Drug Use Evaluation
    • Submission of completed project in written format is required
    • Presentation within the hospital at an appropriate committee as requested and presentation at a regional or national meeting is optional
  • Longitudinal Residency Project that is suitable for publication
    • Submission of completed project in written manuscript format is required
    • Presentation of project in Poster format is required
    • Complete business plan for practice development project
    • Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint format at Midwest Residents Conference or Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists is optional

Longitudinal Management Requirements

Residents will contribute to departmental management activities, as noted below:

  • Prepare and distribute the pharmacy publication, "The Daily Optimist"
    • Completed at least once during the residency year
  • Serve as Editor for the Ambulatory Care Drug Updates Newsletter or other professional communication
    • Distributed quarterly during the residency year
  • Ongoing attendance and participation in at least one hospital or ambulatory committee over the course of the residency program


Haley Holtan Photo Haley Holtan, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
Ambulatory Pharmacist Manager
PGY-1 and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Program Director