Coastal Medical, in partnership with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island (URI), are proud to offer an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency program. Our program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions in the outpatient primary care setting, eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training
Coastal Medical has a unique and innovative pharmaceutical care program with over 10 clinical pharmacists working in an Accountable Care Organization. Clinical pharmacy services are provided to all of the adult internal medicine practices, family medicine practices and the sub-specialty practices including cardiology and pulmonology. Pharmacists are a part of Coastal Medical’s population health strategy and integral members of our care management programs. Pharmacists work under a collaborative practice agreement with all of the Coastal Medical providers. The collaborative practice agreement scope of practice includes diabetes, cardiology, respiratory diseases, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS and general medication therapy management. In addition, the team provides opioid and antibiotic stewardship services, conducts comprehensive medication reviews for targeted patients via OutcomesMTM, and provides drug information services to the providers. Members of the team also participate in multidisciplinary care conferences. Patients may be referred to telephonic or face to face services by any member of the healthcare team or patients may self-refer. Consultations are offered to patients at no charge. The pharmacists document all patient interactions in the electronic health record which is shared and viewable by each member of the healthcare team.
In the pharmacy program, pharmacists have several unique roles including office-based pharmacists, population health management pharmacists, or managed care pharmacist. Office-based pharmacists are assigned to an office depending on the day of the week to provide clinical pharmacy services, opioid stewardship, and antibiotic stewardship. Population health management pharmacists provide services to patients in the diabetes management program, Coastal@Home program, heart failure program, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) program. The managed care pharmacist works with payers to meet all medication related quality measures and outcomes. The managed care pharmacist also supervises the pharmacy technician team and the medication refill protocol. All pharmacists also participate in the education and training of advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students from the University of Rhode Island.
The Coastal Medical/URI residency is a unique 12-month PGY-1 residency providing direct patient care in outpatient primary care practices. The resident works collaboratively as a member of the healthcare team to prevent and alleviate medication-related problems, optimize patient outcomes, advance the workflows for medication use and safety in primary care, and evaluate the impact of medication management services. The resident will receive training in the delivery of direct patient care, the enhancement of professional communication and interpersonal skills, academic teaching, student precepting, and management skills. Clinical experiences may include adult internal medicine, diabetes, cardiology, pulmonology, smoking cessation and pain management. The resident will have the opportunity to complete a medication class review and provide drug information services while on rotation at the URI Drug Information Services.
Our student precepting environment allows residents to develop strong teaching skills. Our capable research staff is an excellent resource for assisting the resident in developing a solid foundation in research design and analysis.
The resident will meet quarterly with the residency program director to tailor the resident’s schedule to meet individual goals. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be awarded an ASHP accredited residency certificate if all program requirements are met.
Eligibility: qualifications for participation in the Coastal Medical/URI PGY1 Residency Program are in accordance with the criteria set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Residents shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure in RI. Residents shall participate in and obey the rules of the Residency Matching Program.
Application Process: applicants to the Coastal Medical/URI PGY1 Residency Program will complete and submit their application by January 4th on the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) website. The application should include:
A letter of Intent including a statement of professional goals and reasons for pursuing the pharmacy residency
Three letters of recommendation
Official transcript from accredited School/College of Pharmacy
NMS Code: 200613
The resident will be required to attain a Rhode Island professional pharmacy license within 90 days of the start date of the residency. Failure to attain this license can result in the termination of employment with the residency program.
The resident will receive a 1-year stipend in the total amount of $43,500. The resident is eligible for Coastal Medical health insurance coverage. 10 vacation days and 5 sick days are available. A travel reimbursement will be provided to attend a clinical meeting to present the resident’s research project. The resident is also provided with a dedicated workspace and a laptop computer.
About Coastal Medical:
Coastal Medical is a physician owned and governed primary care driven accountable care organization (ACO) and the state’s largest group practice delivering care to 120,000 patients with a team of over 125 providers located in 20 medical offices across Rhode Island. Coastal Medical is recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) level 3 by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA).
With more than 19 NCQA Level 3 recognized medical offices across Rhode Island, Coastal Medical serves over 15% of the Rhode Island population, providing predominantly primary care, along with subspecialty care in the areas of Cardiology, Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS), and Pediatrics.
Coastal is committed to providing outstanding care to its patients by offering 365-day access to sick visits, developing chronic care management programs for its sickest patients, and building care teams that support its providers in dispensing high-quality care. The organization strives for the quadruple aim of providing better health, better care, lower costs and better experience providing care.
Coastal Medical physicians in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and subspecialty practices are recognized as health care leaders nationwide. They are members of the medical staff at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Newport Hospital in Newport, RI, and Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI. Many hold faculty appointments at the Brown University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine. The physicians at Coastal Medical also hold a wide array of physician leadership roles in the state’s healthcare system, as well as medical education and research.
About Coastal Medical/URI PGY-1
The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy co-sponsors PGY1 residency programs at Coastal Medical, Inc and Kent Hospital as well as PGY2 Ambulatory Care and Oncology programs at Rhode Island Hospital.