Pharmacy Residency

Join our Pharmacy Family!

The next step in your career is waiting for you in Maine.

Residency is just the first step! Our program prepares pharmacists for clinical patient care positions in integrated healthcare models, academic faculty positions, or PGY2 training.

PCHC’s Community Pharmacy Residency was established in 2011. Initially starting with a single resident in one residency program, we have grown to have multiple residents, a second residency program, and a robust resident alumni group.

About the Program

The Post Graduate Year one (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program at Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) provides structured and advanced training to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications. The program emphasizes training in various aspects of community and ambulatory care pharmacy including integrated general medical care within patient-centered medical homes. The graduates of PCHC’s PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency will above all demonstrate dedication and leadership within the pharmacy profession. Upon successful completion of the program, the residency graduate will demonstrate his or her ability to:

  • Provide high-quality, personalized, evidence-based medication therapy management and disease state management services
  • Initiate and provide highly useful clinical pharmacy services within the community and ambulatory care setting as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team
  • Demonstrate proficiency in professional education and teaching
  • Exercise leadership and practice management among multiple healthcare disciplines

The combined Post Graduate Year one (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program & Post Graduate Year two (PGY2) Community-Based Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Program at Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) provides structured and advanced training to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education to prepare pharmacists for a career in pharmacy administration with a unique perspective on outpatient health systems. The resident’s first residency year will focus on building upon their clinical pharmacy knowledge and skills by completing mandatory rotations including but not limited to transitions of care, ambulatory care, administration, population health, care management, and integrated medical care. PGY-1 HSPA resident experience will differ through added focus on administrative and operations-based projects throughout the year and is given the opportunity to extend their initial project into the second year to produce a robust study. The second year will allow the resident to shift their focus from clinical skills to administrative and leadership skills through an integrated rotation model. This unique integrated rotation model includes aspects of essential leadership, operations, and management skills such as,

  • pharmacy operations,
  • finance management,
  • clinical coordination,
  • safety and compliance,
  • and human resources management.
PGY1 Community-Based Residency Rotations
  • Patient-Centered Dispensing
  • Ambulatory Care Services
  • Transitions of Care
  • Administration
  • Population Health Management
  • Controlled Substance Stewardship and High Utilizer Group Interdisciplinary Committees
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Elective Academia Rotation
  • Elective Specialty Rotation
PGY2 Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Rotations
  • Clinical and Operational Management
  • Quality, Safety and Process Improvement
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Research Project
How To Apply


Qualifications for participation in PCHC’s Residency Programs are in accordance with the criteria set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP):

  • Residents shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program
  • Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure in Maine

Application Process:

Applicants will complete the application process via PHORCAS and submit the following by the application deadline as outlined by Phorcas.

  • A Letter of Intent including a statement of professional goals and reasons for pursuing PCHC’s Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • A Curriculum Vitae
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Transcripts from an accredited School/College of Pharmacy


Residency candidates must participate in and adhere to the rules of the Residency Matching Program. Selected candidates will be invited to an onsite interview with the RPD, Residency Program Coordinator, select preceptors, and current residents.

Benefits & Compensation


First-Year Residents earn a $48,000 salary
Second-Year Residents earn a $55,000 salary


21 days paid earned time (holidays, vacation, and sick leave)

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance:

Available to residents AND their spouse/domestic partner and dependents

Professional Meetings:

Residents are expected to attend and present individual research projects at ASHP Midyear and MSHP Spring Conference.

 Optional benefits:

  • Long Term Disability
  • Short term Disability
  • 401K
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Long Term Care Insurance

Benefits are subject to change.

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Residency Handbooks

Department Administration

Frank McGrady, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy

Phone:  207-992-9200 ext. 1539

Kristopher Ravin, PharmD

Associate Director of Pharmacy

Phone: 207-992-4100 ext: 2105

Meagan L.M. Rusby, PharmD

Residency Coordinator

Phone: 207-827-6128 ext: 1764