PGY2 Ambulatory Care
The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency program at Maine Medical Center is a high-caliber training program that aims to deliver customized learning experiences to the pharmacy resident. Our program builds off the fundamentals of the doctorate of pharmacy education and the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency to provide advanced training in the ambulatory care setting. Our goal is to prepare the resident for their future career as a well-rounded, knowledgeable and compassionate Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.
As both a tertiary care referral center and community hospital with a strong outpatient practice presence, Maine Medical Center has a truly diverse patient population. Portland is home to a sizeable international community, including a large immigrant population due to Portland's refugee resettlement resources, with over 50 languages spoken locally. Residents’ learning experiences will offer the opportunity to experience and treat a wide range of disease states including, but not limited to primary care, anticoagulation, transitions of care, virology, oncology and transplantation. Our PGY2 Ambulatory Care resident also has the opportunity to learn from and serve our patients who are experiencing homelessness through the MMC-Preble Street Learning Collaborative.
Our small residency size fosters strong camaraderie between residents and faculty. Our preceptors are highly qualified, many with board certification within their specialty area, and passionate about their areas of expertise. Faculty choose to teach because they truly care about the development of our residents and the future of Ambulatory Care pharmacy. Learn more about our amazing faculty.
Located in beautiful Portland, our program is complemented by all that Maine has to offer. Known nationally as a top foodie town with a vast array of restaurants, there is also a strong cultural presence as well as no shortage of outdoor activities minutes or an easy drive away allowing for a positive work-life balance. Portland has everything you need without all the hassles of a big city to enjoy your time outside of work.
Upon completion of our PGY2 Ambulatory Care program, residents will have the skills to qualify them for their path of choice whether it is direct patient care, interprofessional teaching, serving the underserved, or impactful research.
During the PGY2 year, residents have the opportunity to rotate at our Maine Medical Partners outpatient clinics. Most clinics are within a 10-mile radius of Portland with some requiring a car to get there. Rotations occur as either a block experience, lasting from 4-8 weeks, or as a longitudinal experience for a longer duration.
- MMP Portland Family Medicine
- MMP Falmouth Family Medicine
- MMP Scarborough Family Medicine and Internal Medicine
- MMP Westbrook Family Medicine and Internal Medicine
- MMC - Preble Street Learning Collaborative (PSLC)
- MMP MaineHealth Cardiology
- Maine Medical Partners - Gilman Clinic
- Maine Medical Partners – Medical Oncology
- Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute's Outpatient IV Therapy program
- Maine Transplant Program Clinic
- MMC Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program
- MMP Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
- MMP Neurology
- Southern Maine Dialysis Facility
- the Pharmacy at Maine Medical Center
- the Specialty Pharmacy at Maine Medical Center
- Residents receive guidance on their longitudinal research project from mentor(s) and the Residency Research Committee
- Poster presentation is often encouraged at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition or other national conference
- MMC residents have a successful track record of having their project manuscripts being accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal
- Below are some examples of recent PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency research projects:
- Characteristics of emergency department visits amongst patients with diabetes from a family medicine clinic
- Evaluation of pharmacist- or nurse-driven long-acting insulin titration protocol in adult primary care patients with type 2 diabetes
- Impact of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation and education at an outpatient dialysis center
Our curriculum is deeply rooted in foundational experiences within primary care with many unique opportunities to experience a wide range of specialty areas and clinics. Every year our curriculum is customized to the interests and needs of the resident. The program director and preceptors will work with the resident to optimize and adjust the program and learning experiences. Below is a sample of learning experiences available to the PGY2 Ambulatory Care resident (subject to change).
- Primary Care I
- Primary Care II
- Transitions of Care
- Advanced Core
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Outpatient Oncology
- Specialty Pharmacy
- Academia and University Teaching
- Committee Involvement
- Care for the Underserved
- Outpatient Pharmacy Operations
- Primary Care Continuity Clinic
- Guideline/Protocol Development
- Medication Use Evaluation
- Research Project