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Ambulatory Care

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I receive more information about the residency program at MUSC?

Go to the MUSC Medical Center and College of Pharmacy web page at: Click on Programs in the left menu and follow the links to the specialty residencies. The PGY1 with Emphasis in Ambulatory Care residency is a 24-month program; the first 12 months of the program will consist of completing a PGY1 residency, the second 12 months will be spent as a PGY2 resident in Ambulatory Care.

How do I receive an application for the residency program at MUSC?

The application can be downloaded from the MUSC Medical Center and College of Pharmacy Residency Program web page:

What is the rotation schedule for PGY1 with Emphasis in Ambulatory Care residents?

The PGY1 residents complete the same mandatory rotations as all other PGY1 residents (e.g. drug information, management, acute care, critical care, pediatrics, ambulatory care and psychiatry). PGY1 residents may spend up to 3 months on ambulatory care rotations, should they choose them as elective rotations.

What is the best way to contact Residency Program Director (RPD)?

Amy N. Thompson, PharmD, BCPS, CDE is the RPD. The best method of communication with Dr. Thompson is to email her at

What are the required contents of the application packet?

Application packets should consist of the following: the application, a letter of intent, official transcripts, class rank and three letters of reference (see the process for submitting your application below).

When is the application packet due?

This year, we have implemented and electronic application process. Your application, letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae and letters of recommendation should be emailed to by December 31. All official School Documents (Transcripts and Class Rank) should be mailed to Elizabeth Cruse(address on application) no later than January 10.

What happens if my transcripts or reference letters miss the January 10 deadline?

We understand the difficulty in obtaining official transcripts and class rank. We know that having them mailed in a timely manner is often out of your control. However, we encourage you to work diligently to ensure that these documents are mailed to us as soon as possible.

How much “call” is involved?

All PGY1 residents participate in the Adult Clinical Pharmacy On-Call Service. Residents will take call 24 hours a day for one week at a time approximately 5 times per year. Residents are not required to remain in the hospital during this time, but need to be available to return if necessary. Each resident will have a preceptor assigned as back up when oncall. All PGY1 residents also complete a week of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy On-Call Service during their pediatric rotation(s). There is currently no on-call service required for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care program, this is subject to change.

What is the staffing component of the residency?

PGY1 residents are required to spend 16 hours/month providing adult clinical staffing coverage (decentralized orderentry, medication reconciliation, etc.) and 8 hours/month in adult operations staffing (checking first doses and IV preparations, etc.). Staffing for the PGY2 year will consist of 16 hours/month and be done in the Family Medicine outpatient pharmacy. Staffing in the outpatient pharmacy will be done every other Friday afternoon and every 3rd Saturday.

What are the outpatient opportunities for the residency?

The PGY1 residents will have the opportunity to rotate through various outpatient clinics, including: Pharmacotherapy clinic, University Internal Medicine clinic, Transplant clinic, Bone Marrow Transplant clinic and Family medicine clinic.

How will the PGY2 program be structured?

During the 2nd year, residents will be exposed to a variety of clinics in a longitudinal manner. Year long clinic experiences include: Family Medicine, Heart Failure, Psychiatry, Transplant and University Internal Medicine. Other required experiences, built into the experience in smaller blocks, include: Assistant during a clinical laboratory experience for the 3rd year pharmacy students at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy-MUSC campus, Family Medicine Inpatient and Endocrinology. Elective rotations that will be available to the resident include: Trident Family Medicine at Trident Hospital, Infectious Disease, and extra clinic time in Family Medicine or the University Internal Medicine clinic.

What are other requirements of the residency?

Each year the resident will be required to complete two projects: a MUE and a service/research project. One of these projects will be presented at the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC). Residents present one ACPE-accredited seminar per year and participate in Resident Interactive Teaching Experience (RITE). A finished manuscript is also required by the end of each year.

Are there teaching opportunities?

Yes. All residents serve as role model preceptors for pharmacy students doing entry experiential activities. In addition, all specialty residents are asked to give one additional didactic lecture in one of the courses offered in the College of Pharmacy. A “certificate of academic preparation” is available as an option. This certificate program requires the resident to maintain a teaching portfolio, attendance at a series of seminars and informal meetings held throughout the year and participate in some additional teaching activities. A faculty mentor is available to guide you through the program. Additionally, in the 2nd year of the program, the resident will be required to assist in a clinical laboratory experience for the 3rd year pharmacy students at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy-MUSC campus.

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