PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency is fully integrated into the Harvard Interprofessional Fellowship Program.

The pharmacy resident participates as a fellow in orientation activities, didactic learning, retreats in teaching, resilience and leadership and clinical training with physicians, nurses and social work fellows.

The program consists of the following learning experiences:

Orientation (DFCI): 2 weeks
Inpatient consultation (BWH): 6 weeks
Ambulatory Palliative Care Clinic (DFCI): 16 weeks (½  day/week)
Hospice rotation (personal/rental car required) (Care Dimensions Hospice): 6 weeks
Intensive Palliative Care Unit (BWH): 6 weeks
Ambulatory Chronic Pain Management Clinic/Academia (BWH/MCPHS University): 12 weeks
Post-Operative Pain Service (BWH): 2 weeks
Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (DFCI): 3 weeks training then ½ day/week
Conference time: 2 weeks
Vacation: 2 weeks

Program requirements

  • PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Anticipated completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency
  • Licensed or eligible for license in MA

Application requirements (through PhORCAS)

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript(s) from School of Pharmacy
  • A personal statement describing the applicant's interest in palliative care
  • Three letters of recommendation (using PhORCAS online format)

Application process and timeline

  • Applications due the first week of January (check PhORCAS for application deadline)
  • On-site interviews occur end of January through mid-February
  • Participation in the national match in March

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