Pharmacy Residency Programs: PGY-2 Ambulatory Care


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The purpose of the Hennepin County Medical Center’s PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency is to prepare the resident to practice as an independent pharmaceutical care practitioner, to be a competent preceptor, and possess the skills necessary to develop their own ambulatory care practice setting. Activities involving direct patient interaction in an ambulatory setting, physician consultation, teaching and clinical research are major components of this specialized ambulatory care residency.

Residency Rotation Requirements

The following requirements in service, leadership, management, practice development, and research are designed to enhance and further develop residents’ overall knowledge in order to become clinically and professionally competent practitioners by the end of the residency program. Residents will achieve ASHP goals, objectives and activities through participation in the following rotations:

Clinical Rotation Requirements

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  • Management of Ambulatory Clinical Services
  • Direct Patient Care Experience
    • Primary Care and Geriatrics

Clinical Elective Rotation Opportunities

  • HIV/Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Poison Center/ Toxicology
  • Transitions of Care
  • Rural Clinic Experience (primary care)
  • Psychiatry (inpatient)
  • Academia
  • Cardiology Anticoagulation

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:

  • Participation in ambulatory care journal club
  • Teach / precept pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) and PGY-1 residents on 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
    • Presentation within the hospital at an appropriate committee as requested
    • Presentation / publication outside the hospital is optional
  • Longitudinal Residency Project that is suitable for publication
    • Presentation / publication within and outside the hospital, as directed

Longitudinal Management Requirements

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

  • Serve as Co-Editor for the Ambulatory Care Drug Updates Newsletter or other professional communication
  • Attendance and participation in a hospital or ambulatory care committee


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Maggie Ricco, Pharm.D., MS, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist – Ambulatory Care
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Program Director