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. 

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Pharmacists Practice at the top of their license at Holyoke

Holyoke Health Center, Inc.  leads the way in innovative pharmacy practice. Our pharmacists engage in collaborative practice to prescribe and manage patient treatment plans. 

Our residents leave with the ability to present engaging continuing-education sessions, collaborate with their peer healthcare professionals, deliver competent clinical pharmacy care, & organize an IRB-approved research project. Residents are part of the team who are committed to being on top of a vastly changing field of pharmacy. 

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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. 

ASHP Purpose

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.

Innovative Pharmacy Practice

Utilizing advancements in technology; the pharmacy employs robotics and actively seeks innovative practices in pharmacy

Highly Trained and Qualified Staff

Our full time clinical pharmacists are board certified in ambulatory care and received specialized training in each of their areas of expertise

Unmatched Health Care Results

Patients who worked with our pharmacists see reductions in A1c's, meet blood pressure goals, and quit smoking within a matter of weeks.

Exceptional Care for the Underserved

Located in inner city Holyoke, many patients are part of an underserved community. WIth a high illiteracy rate; our bilingual Spanish speaking staff are able to serve patients in their primary language.


230 Maple Street Holyoke MA 01040

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