Emory University Hospital Midtown
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

Program Purpose

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available 
The post-graduate year two (PGY-2) Ambulatory Care Residency at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) is a 12-month program that builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency. The program accelerates your growth beyond generalist practice and contributes to your development as a clinical pharmacist with specialized training. You’ll have opportunities to function independently by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.

General Info

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) is a 12-month program that allows residents to accelerate their growth beyond generalist practice and contributes to the development of clinical pharmacists with specialized training.  Our program at EUHM offers residents a unique exposure to ambulatory care by providing a core foundation in primary care and multi-disciplinary specialty clinics. The resident will also integrate into the specialty pharmacy team and develop skills in navigating and managing the specialty medication approval process, patient education and specialty pharmacy operations. Residents within our program are provided with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. 


The goal of this PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency is to train the pharmacist to function as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team who can provide comprehensive medication management to a diverse patient population in a variety of ambulatory care settings. Through distinctive learning experiences, the resident will additionally have opportunities for both personal and professional development. 

Learning Experiences and Rotations

Learning Experiences

Residents’ initial self-evaluations and interests are used to formulate customized training plans and learning experiences schedules. A tentative year-long schedule is developed at the beginning of the residency. The schedule is flexible and subject to change depending on department activities, preceptor availability and resident interest and learning needs. Residents are required to follow the expectations set by individual preceptors. Learning experiences often vary with regard to daily start and end time, presentation requirements, and daily responsibilities. 

PGY2 residency learning experiences are calendar month rotations with the following exceptions listed below. December will be dedicated to ASHP Midyear and fulfilling their research, Quality Improvement or Business Case project requirements, and/or staffing.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (July)
  • Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care Clinic (one month followed by ½ day in clinic for 12 weeks) 
  • Cardiology (6 weeks) 
  • Asthma/Allergy (6 weeks) 
  • Autoimmune Block *choice of two (8 weeks) 
    • Dermatology  
    • Gastroenterology 
    • Rheumatology  
  • Practice management 

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Neurology 
  • Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Hepatology 
  • Oncology 
  • GHS Primary Care/Infectious Disease (Outpatient, off-site at Grady Health System) 
    **Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability 

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Specialty Resident On call (6 months)
  • Pharmacy Service Commitment-Specialty Pharmacy/The Pharmacy at Emory Midtown  (3 days/month and every 6th weekend)
  • Quality Improvement Project OR Business Case (one admin day per month)
  • Research (one admin day/month plus month of December)

Required Activities

  • One Journal Club 
  • One Clinical Case Presentation 
  • One Grand Rounds Presentation 
  • Participation in Residency Leadership Development Series

Longitudinal Learning Experience Information

  • Staffing: Residents will gain experience in the ambulatory pharmacy medication distribution system and specialty pharmacy services by staffing every 6th weekend at The Pharmacy at Emory Midtown (TPEM) and three days per month dispersed between The Emory Specialty Pharmacy and TPEM. Additionally, residents will participate in specialty resident on call coverage for a minimum of 5 weeks of the year. 
  • Research Project: Residents are required to design, develop, and complete an original research project with a publication ready manuscript by the end of the residency year. To expand their understanding of research requirements, residents are required to complete an Emory IRB-certified module. Residents are expected to present their project at the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC) in April of their residency year. 
  • Grand Rounds Presentation: Residents are required to prepare one 60-minute presentation for ACPE credit on approved topics 
  • Clinical Case Presentation: Residents will present one formal patient case presentation 
  • Quality Improvement (QI) or Business Case Proposal: Residents will have a choice to either develop and complete a quality improvement project OR work with leaders to identify and develop a business case for expansion of pharmacy services that meets the current needs of our health system. 
  • Leadership Opportunities: Residency leadership positions will be held throughout the residency year: 
    • Chief Pharmacy Resident 
    • Recruitment Coordinator 
    • On Call Coordinator 
    • Travel Coordinator 
    • Research Coordinator 
    • Grand Rounds/Case Conference Coordinator 
    • Professional Development Coordinator 
    • Public Relations Coordinator 
    • Wellness/DEI/Social Chair 
  • Residency Leadership Series: All EUHM residents participate in a quarterly session led by pharmacy leadership team to develop leadership skills. The program includes 3 phases: leading yourself, leading others, and leading the profession.

Licensure and Compensation

Licensure: Residents must obtain Georgia pharmacist licensure by Sept. 15.

Evaluations: Residents should complete all evaluations, including rotational evaluation and global evaluations, in a timely manner.

Compensation: Residents receive a $56,000/year salary plus medical, dental, vision and 401K benefits

Professional Development 

Residents receive financial support to attend the following conferences as well as $75 for professional organization dues:

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting – Residents represent the EUHM at the Residency Showcase in December and present their initial research project results as a poster presentation.

Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC) – Held in late spring, SERC is one of the largest and oldest residency conferences in the country. Residents will present the results of their research projects at SERC.

Contact Info

For more information, please contact the program director or coordinator.

Program Director
Lisa M. Woolard, PharmD, BCACP
Email: lisa.woolard@emoryhealthcare.org

Program Coordinator
Ava Afshar, PharmD, BCPS
Email: ava.afshar@emoryhealthcare.org