PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Baystate Medical Center builds on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Varied and Balanced Training

Our intense twelve-month PGY1 residency program provides experiences in a variety of settings, focusing on the core areas of pharmacy practice specified in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Accreditation Standards, including patient care and practice management.

PGY1 program graduates will be self-directed learners in the areas of service, teaching, and quality improvement.


  • Utilize the "best practice" model in the delivery of patient care
  • Function as an integral member of the healthcare team
  • Employ evidence-based thought processes for the resolution of clinical problems
  • Promote and support a safe and effective medication use process
  • Serve as leaders of the profession


  • Educate healthcare providers about "best practice" through written and verbal means
  • Effectively communicate teaching points to students in small group, classroom, and practice environments
  • Actively participate in patient counseling and other forms of patient teaching
  • Opportunity to attend pharmacy residents teaching seminar offered in cooperation with MCPHS University
  • Our affiliations with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Western New England University College of Pharmacy provide exposure to academia

Quality Improvement

  • Implement changes to improve patient care and the medication use system

Baystate's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

The Baystate Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program strives to be a program that will address our pharmacy residents’ career goals and interest areas. We participate in the ASHP residency match and are fully accredited. Our affiliations are with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Western New England University College of Pharmacy.

Vice President of Clinical Support Services: Aaron Michelucci, PharmD | Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs: Shawn Roggie, PharmD, MBA

Residency Program Director:  Frank Szczerba, PharmD, BCPPS, BCPS  email:  phone: 413-794-3785

Program and Department Statistics

  • Affiliations: MCPHS University, Worcester, MA and Western New England University, Springfield, MA
  • Length of Program: 12 months
  • Residents Accepted into Program: 4
  • Start Date: July 1
  • Total Number of Pharmacy Staff: 125

Baystate Medical Center Statistics

  • Tertiary Care Referral Center
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Home to Baystate's Children's Hospital with Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units
  • Average Daily Census: 80 - 90%
  • Accredited by the Joint Commission and designated a Magnet Facility
  • Fully integrated prescriber order entry clinical information system

Resident Salary & Benefits

  • Estimated Stipend: $54,950.00
  • 18 Paid Time Off Days (Holiday, Vacation and Sick)
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Travel to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Educational support

Curriculum Summary

  • Core Required Rotations (4 Week Duration): Orientation, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Medication Safety, Pediatrics, Adult Critical Care, Resident Self-improvement Rotation (5-6 weeks)
  • Elective Rotations - Complete 4 (4 Week Duration): Academia, Critical Care II, Ambulatory Care-Anticoagulation, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease Consult Service, Neo natal Critical Care, Neurology, Opioid Stewardship, Pediatric Critical Care, Renal Transplant
  • Longitudinal Learning Experiences (8): Inpatient Pharmacy Operations, Drug Information & Non-formulary Requests Pager, Ambulatory Clinic/Patient Care, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, Pharmacy Administration, Residency Project, Education/Academia, Resident Resilience and Wellness

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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