PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

Program Purpose

There are many opportunities for more focused clinical training in the ambulatory arena at Grady Health System. Our primary care clinics have long been recognized as Centers of Excellence by the National Institute of Health, and provide a rich environment for building a solid foundation of clinical knowledge and skills that will prepare the resident for independent practice and future success.

Preceptors in the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency program are employed full-time as clinicians in our health system; they are committed to patient care and serve as excellent role models for clinical practice, in addition to their commitment to residency training.

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Program Structure

In an effort to mimic the continuity of patient care and variability of ambulatory care careers, our rotations typically span two calendar months with two rotations running concurrently, unless otherwise noted.

Required Experiences

  • Primary Care 1-3
  • Geriatrics
  • Ambulatory Administration (1 month)
  • Lipid Clinic (longitudinal; 6 months)
  • Independent practice (final month of residency)

Elective Experiences

  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Hepatitis C
  • Transitions of Care
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Infectious Diseases Clinic
  • Specialty Medicine Clinics (Rheumatology/Dermatology/ GI)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Oncology

Additional Requirements

  • Staffing (4 hours biweekly)
  • Research Project
  • Professional development learning series
  • Patient Case and Seminar CE presentations
  • MUE

Residency Activities

Research Project

Each PGY-2 resident will be required to complete a research project with a primary focus on ambulatory care-related issues, such as performing a quality improvement initiative or cost-benefit analysis. Our program follows the flipped research model. This means that during the summer the resident is assigned to a protocol that has already been IRB-approved. They begin their residencies in the data-collection phase of research, then proceed into analysis and have finalized results from their projects by December, which allows them to present findings at the ASHP Midyear Conference. During the second half of the residency year, the resident prepares a proposal and seek IRB approval for the next academic year.


Grady Health System is affiliated with a variety of academic institutions and pharmacy schools, including Emory Medical School, Morehouse Medical School, The University of Georgia, Mercer University, and South University. As a result, we provide training to numerous pharmacy students as they complete their clinical clerkship rotations (APPEs) within our institution. This exposure provides the resident with many opportunities to develop their preceptor skills. Additionally, we have a robust PGY-1 pharmacy program, for which our residents often serve as both mentors and preceptors. Finally, our affiliations with Emory and Morehouse provide additional opportunities for growth in the areas of inter-professional and continuing education activities.

Residents with an interest in didactics can participate in the Teaching Certificate Program offered through Mercer University College of Pharmacy.


The PGY-2 ambulatory care resident will be required to staff for 4 hours bi-weekly in one of the health system retail pharmacies.

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How to Apply

General Requirements

  1. Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  2. Successful completion of an accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency
  3. Personal and leadership qualifications for successful completion of a residency program
  4. Eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia

Specific Requirements (to be submitted by January 5)

  1. Letter of Interest  stating why the applicant desires a specialty residency at Grady Health System
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae. Include completed and anticipated residency rotations
  3. Official pharmacy school transcripts
  4. Four (4) references completed on the PhorCAS Recommendation Form
    1. Three recommendations must be from preceptors who taught the resident during a PGY-1 pharmacy residency rotation
    2. One recommendation must be from the residency director.
  5. Completed Residency Questionnaire: Please answer the following questionnaire and upload to PhORCAS:
    1. What do you wish to achieve by the conclusion of the residency?
    2. Describe the ideal PGY-2 residency program.
    3. Which clinical rotations in your residency program did you most like and which did you least like? Why?
    4. What would your most recent immediate supervisor say are your strengths and weaknesses?
    5. Describe the most rewarding experience in your residency or pharmacy school.
    6. When will you complete your PGY-1 training?
    7. Will you be eligible to sit for the Georgia practical exam in June? (for those applicants who do not currently have a Georgia pharmacist license)

Applicants invited for an on-site interview during January or February will be required to present a professional presentation on a topic related to clinical pharmacy practice (may present a residency research project if some data collection and analysis has been completed).


Grady participates in the PhORCAS online residency application process. For more information and application deadlines, please see

Contact Us

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Kristi Quairoli, Director of the Ambulatory Care Residency program at (404) 616-5406 or (404) 694-7622 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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