ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program
Pharmacy Training Unlike Any Other Program
Located in Western Massachusetts, Holyoke Health Center, Inc. provides the training needed to become a well-rounded, culturally competent, clinical pharmacist. Our 53 week program is designed to ensure you have the skills required of an ambulatory clinic based pharmacist. Some of the skills you will learn include presenting to a large group of peers, conducting a research project, patient interview skills, retail pharmacy management, and how to develop ambulatory based clinical pharmacy practices.
Why Choose Us
Holyoke Health Center’s Pharmacy Residency Program is a ASHP Accredited PGY1 Community Residency Program. We are located within a federally qualified community health center (FQHC) with an on-site open door community pharmacy. Integrated directly with the primary care team, our program focuses on ambulatory care and management of chronic disease states for patients that receive their care at our outpatient facility.
Holyoke Health Center is in a HRSA designated HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Area) location. Holyoke has a large Puerto Rican population and most patients are best served in Spanish. With 26% of the cities population considered to be in poverty; a majority of the patients are on state Medicaid.
Patients at Holyoke Health Center have direct access to a clinical pharmacist. Pharmacists and patients engage in weekly touchpoints until health goals have been met. Our pharmacists are experts in diabetes care, hypertension care, tobacco cessation, and many more chronic disease states.
Residents work closely with our clinical pharmacists to become the clinical expert for our patients.
PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.