PGY2: Ambulatory Care (UC Medical Center)


Residency Program Director: Megan Lyons, PharmD, BCACP

Program Code: 44502

National Matching Service (NMS) Code: 560965

Start date: First week of July (Final date specific to residency year)

Number of positions (2021-2022): 1

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents 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. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The purpose of the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center is to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to become a successful Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care. The program offers the ability to provide pharmaceutical care to a broad scope of ambulatory medicine patients.
The pharmacy resident will complete a one-year specialized pharmacy residency and gain exposure to a variety of ambulatory care practice settings. The program includes a variety of patient care, drug policy/research, leadership, education opportunities and didactic experiences at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

 Program requirements

Requirements for entrance into the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency align with the ASHP Standards of Accreditation for PGY2 residencies and include:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Ohio

The PGY2 Residency Certificate will be awarded with completion of all established program requirements, including achievement of Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency.

 Diversity Equity and Inclusion

The UC Health Pharmacy Residency Program is committed to not only diversity within our residency program but also fostering an inclusive environment. We have the honor of providing care to a diverse patient population (based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, etc.) We know and understand that it is important that patients have providers that look like them and that the entire healthcare team is equipped with the cultural humility needed to provide top quality care based on individual needs.

As such, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Residency Advisory Committee created a position dedicated to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Community Engagement efforts. This position is broadly responsible for the following:

  • Cultural humility
  • Residency recruitment
  • Community engagement

In 2021, the UCMC Clinical Pharmacist group was selected by the UC Health DEI Office to participate as Early Adopters for eLearning modules related to these topics. This allowed our group to set a foundation on topics regarding diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and microaggressions through interactive online modules followed by in-person debrief sessions as an intact group.

The focus on DEI efforts within the residency programs aligns with UC Health Strategic Framework (Performance and Culture, Research and Education, Growth and Access, Community Health) and our PRIIDE values. We are partnering with our colleagues at University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine to tackle these difficult topics to continue to grow so that we can provide the best care possible to our patients.

 Salary and benefits

Final information regarding salary, benefits, and pre-employment requirements will be provided to matched applicants for PGY1 and PGY2 programs prior to the start of the residency year.

  • Estimated salary of $52,000-$55,000
  • 26 days paid time off (includes holidays not worked and professional conference travel)
  • Medical, dental, vision plans
  • Individual workspace including a desktop computer and laser printer
  • Physical and electronic access to the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library (adjacent to hospital)
  • Weekly ACPE Ohio CE provided through Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Medical, dental, vision plans
  • Financial reimbursement for select professional conferences
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification
  • Free covered parking adjacent to hospital

 Direct Patient Care Learning Experiences

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency program structure is a combination of longitudinal and block learning experiences. The PGY2 resident will have the opportunity to design learning experience based on interests. Clinical interest areas will be aligned with other requirements of the residency program including drug policy, residency project, leadership, and education when possible.


  • Pharmacy Services
  • Anticoagulation
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmacy Integrated
  • Primary Care


  • Emergency Medicine (block)
  • Pain (longitudinal)
  • Psychiatry (longitudinal)
  • Specialty Pharmacy – Transplant (longitudinal)
  • Specialty Pharmacy – HIV (longitudinal)
  • Transitions of care (longitudinal)
  • Transplant (block)

Drug Policy

The Drug Policy Development (DPD) longitudinal experience offers the PGY2 resident immersion into the drug policy and drug information skills to bridge the clinical and administrative needs of the provision of pharmacy services.

  •  Business Plan

    The PGY2 resident will develop a business plan for development of new
    pharmacy service or expansion of established pharmacy service within UC Health. The content of the project will be determined by opportunities within the health system.

  •  Formulary Review

    The PGY2 will gain experience with formulary management by reviewing a medication to determine addition to UC Health formulary.

  •  Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement

    The PGY2 resident will present one patient case identifying pharmacy-specific process improvement opportunities at the month Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement (MMI) case conference. A written summary will be prepared for inclusion in the quarterly MMI continuing education publication.

  •  Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)

    The PGY2 resident will conduct an MUE. Th MUE generally aligns in focus with other DPD or subspecialty experience and will be presented by the resident to key committee stakeholders within the health system.

  •  Policy and Procedures

    The PGY2 resident will develop a policy and procedure for a new ambulatory care pharmacy service or update an existing policy and procedure.

Residency Research

PGY1 and PGY2 residents will participate in a longitudinal research project that originates from either resident interest or preceptor research submissions. A research timeline is established to ensure the resident stays on schedule for completion of residency.

  •  Poster Presentation

    The PGY2 resident will present project design at the Vizient® Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting and complete results at the UCMC pharmacy resident poster session. Additional opportunities are available for the resident to submit for consideration to present at local, regional, and national forums.

  •  Platform Presentation

    Full results of the residency project will be presented during at least one of several potential regional forums.

  •  Publication opportunities

    The PGY2 resident is required to complete a full project suitable for publication as a residency program requirement. The resident will be encouraged, with guidance and assistance from the project team, to develop a manuscript to submit to a peer-reviewed journal for consideration.


The structure of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency supports high-level involvement of the PGY2 resident in department-level and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  •  Committee Involvement

    The PGY2 resident will serve as an active member of the Ambulatory Care Subcommittee. The resident will have the opportunity to participate in weekly General Internal Medicine Clinic meetings as representative of pharmacy.

  •  Professional Conferences

    Several opportunities are available to PGY2 pharmacy residents for intra- and inter-professional development through attendance at meetings, conferences, and research forums.

  • Each year, residents have the opportunity to participate in ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Vizient® Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting.
  • The PGY2 resident participates annually in the Midwest Residency Exchange.
  • Results of residency research project will be presented in platform format at one of several potential research forums.
  • The PGY2 resident may have the opportunity to attend an additional conference with department support based on available funding.


Educational opportunities are integrated longitudinally throughout the ambulatory care residency program.

  •  Teaching Certificate

    PGY1 and PGY2 residents will have the opportunity to participate in the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program. The program is available for all residents in the greater Cincinnati area and consists of a two-day seminar along with longitudinal didactic and small group teaching requirements.

  •  Academia

    The ambulatory care resident will spend one-half day per week at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. The resident will further develop small group and classroom teaching skills with opportunities for didactic teaching.

  •  Precepting

    The ambulatory care pharmacy resident will serve as primary preceptor for at least one Doctor of Pharmacy candidate on an Advanced Practice Learning Experience (APPE). Additional didactic and experiential opportunities (IPPE and APPE) are built into resident learning experiences throughout the course of the year.

Independent Practice

The staffing component of the PGY2 ambulatory care residency includes working a total of 15 weekends (equivalent of every third weekend) and 3 of 7 holidays over the course of the year in the Hoxworth Outpatient Pharmacy.

Internal Applications

At this time UC Health does not sponsor visas, including H-1B status.

Residency Application Process

All required items must be received by January 1st to complete the program application. Incomplete applications may not be considered for residency candidacy. Please submit the following items via PhORCAS:

  • A letter of intent describing your reasons for applying to the program and interests within the pharmacy profession.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript from College of Pharmacy
  • Three letters of recommendation (utilizing PhORCAS format)


Program Contact

Megan Lyons, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care
Program Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

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