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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Atlanta, Georgia

Kaiser Permanente Georgia’s (KPGA) PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency is a one year, ASHP-accredited program in the metro-Atlanta that prepares its residents to become advanced, skilled pharmacy practitioners who are qualified for a position as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialist. Our program provides thorough training in a variety of specialty ambulatory care pharmacy clinics within an integrated healthcare delivery system.

During the year, our residents work under a collaborative practice agreement in direct patient care and have many multidisciplinary team interactions. Residents will gain insight into providing comprehensive medication management in multidisciplinary primary care and specialty outpatient practices. In addition to required core experiences, longitudinal experiences, and two block elective rotations, residents will present one continuing education program to the pharmacy department in the fall. Graduates from this residency program will be well suited to develop their own ambulatory care service in a variety of settings.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Pharmacy Services

Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving 12.6 million members in eight regions. KPGA serves 330,000 members, has a pharmacy department with more than 450 employees, and processes approximately 2.6 million prescriptions annually. KPGA’s pharmacy department has more than 50 clinical pharmacists serving in various ambulatory, managed care, and specialty roles. Our clinical pharmacy specialists work under collaborative practice agreements to deliver comprehensive medication management to patients with a variety of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart failure, CKD, and hypertension. Additionally, we offer clinical pharmacy services in our procedures suites, infusion centers, and acute care centers.

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Orientation (including Drug Information and Pharmacy Consult Service)
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiology/Heart Failure
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation Service
  • Practice Management

Elective Experience

Choice of two 4-week blocks

  • Advanced Ambulatory Care
  • Acute Care Center
  • Ambulatory Specialty
  • Drug Use Management with Specialty Focus
  • Hepatology
  • Infectious Disease/HIV
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management and Opioid Tapering
  • Palliative Care

Longitudinal Experience

  • Interregional Medication Use Evaluation (Jul – Mar)
  • Leadership (Jul – Jun)
  • Research project (Jul – Jun)
  • New Member Consult Service (Aug – Jan)
  • Business plan (Oct – Jun)

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Pharm.D. from an ACPE-accredited or ACPE-candidate status school of pharmacy
  • Completion of an Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.
  • Must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of GA within 60 days of residency start date.
  • Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS) and participate in the ASHP Matching Program
  • Program NMS Code: 628465 and ASHP Program Code: 34007
  • This residency agrees that no person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of Intent to include description of personal goals and reasons for pursuing a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency
  • Curriculum Vitae to include completed and anticipated residency and advanced pharmacy practice rotations; leadership, organizational, and community service involvement; research projects, presentations, and publications (include doi and/or hyperlink)
  • Official Pharmacy School transcripts, sent directly from the applicant’s college or school of pharmacy
  • Three letters of references/recommendations utilizing the form in PhORCAS; two of the letters from PGY1 rotation preceptors
  • Application Deadline: January 1, 2023

Interview Details

  • Selected applicants will be offered an on-site interview (or virtual, if applicable)
  • Interviews include a knowledge-based assessment, presentation, and panel interview
  • Interview Dates: February 3, 2023 or February 10, 2023
  • Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to conduct interviews virtually if needed due to COVID-19 spread
  • Click here to link to the Virtual Information Sessions:
    • November 16th – 10a.m. – 11a.m. PST (Local Time 1p.m. – 2p.m.)
    • December 12th – 10a.m. – 11a.m. PST (Local Time 1p.m. – 2p.m.)
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Apply using the ASHP standard application process on the ASHP PhORCAS website.

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Current Pay Rate

$52,000 Annually

Contact Information

Erin R. Himes, Pharm.D., BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Drug Use Management
Residency Program Director

200 Crescent Center Parkway
Tucker, Georgia 30084
United States
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