PGY2: Ambulatory Care (UC Medical Center)

Residency Program Director: Megan Lyons, PharmD, BCACP

Assistant Residency Program Director: Morgan Behan, PharmD, BCACP

Program Code: 44502

National Matching Service (NMS) Code: 560965

Number of positions (2024-2025): 1

Application deadline: January 2

Start date: July 1

About the Program

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 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.

Program Outline and Requirements

The following outline represents the general program design and requirements for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program at UCMC. 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. The program will be tailored to meet the needs of an individual resident based on the resident development plan.

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.

DEI Focus

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.

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.

Learning Experiences

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency is a 12-month full-time practice commitment. The program structure consists of required and elective patient care and non-patient care learning experiences. The program design is longitudinal with block experiences in primary care locations. The remainder of the resident schedule is elective learning experiences, academia, and project. The schedule will be designed based on resident’s areas of interest.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Primary Care
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Administration
  • Academia
  • Drug Policy and Development
  • Research Project
  • Pharmacy Practice

Elective Rotations

  • Anticoagulation
  • Infectious Disease/HIV
  • Pain
  • Medication Access
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Neurology
  • Transplant


Example Resident Schedule

Month Learning Experience
July Orientation
August/September Primary Care Block 1
October/November Primary Care Block 2
December Block (Research)
January/February Primary Care Block 3
March/April Primary Care Block 4
May/June Primary Care Block 5

Example Primary Care Block 1 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Primary Care AM Primary Care AM Elective AM Project AM Primary Care
PM Primary Care PM Primary Care PM Elective PM Academia PM Primary Care


PGY2 residents will have the opportunity to participate in the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program.

PGY2 residents 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. The resident will be assigned a primary preceptor from the college of pharmacy for each semester.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Administration

The resident will work longitudinally on administrative projects throughout the year to develop skills necessary to practice ambulatory care. This includes the development of a business plan.

Drug Policy Development

The Drug Policy Development (DPD) longitudinal experience offers the PGY2 resident immersion into drug policy, process improvement, and formulary level medication management.

Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement

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

Pharmacy Practice Experiences

The staffing component of the PGY2 ambulatory care residency includes working a total of 15 weekends (equivalent of every third weekend) and 3 of the 7 holidays (1 major and 2 minor) over the course of the year in one of the UCMC Hospital Outpatient Pharmacies.

Residency Research

The PGY2 resident will participate in a longitudinal research project that originates from either resident interest or preceptor research submissions. The resident will have direct mentorship from members of the project group and other expert personnel. A timeline is established by the resident and his/her project group to ensure the resident stays on schedule for completion of residency objectives.

Poster Presentation

The PGY2 resident will present project design at the Vizient® Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting and complete results at the UCMC Pharmacy Research Symposium. 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.

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 the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Vizient® Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center PGY2 pharmacy residents participate annually in the Midwest Residency Exchange.

Results of residency project will be presented in platform format at one of several potential research forums.

The PGY2 internal medicine resident may have the opportunity to attend an additional conference with department support based on available funding.

Residency Application Process

All required items must be received by January 2nd 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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