The community based residency at Walgreens Pharmacy is an ASHP and APhA accredited post-graduate educational and training experience designed to develop pharmacists with expertise in community pharmacy practice. The program is academically affiliated with and financially supported, in part, by the MCPHS University. This affiliation affords the resident opportunities to develop teaching skills through the provision of experiential education and didactic instruction of pharmacy students. The program will emphasize development of practical skills needed by current and future community pharmacists. As such, the majority of the resident’s time will be spent at Walgreens pharmacy in Chelsea, MA. The remainder of the time will be spent either on specialized rotations in the areas of ambulatory care, Walgreens specialty pharmacy, or teaching at MCPHS University-Boston completing various teaching components.
The community pharmacy resident will receive instruction and experience in each of the following components:
Clinical: The clinical component will be completed in the following mandatory year long rotations: community, ambulatory, Walgreens specialty pharmacy, and teaching. The resident will rotate through these sites on a week to week basis in order to achieve the goals set forth by the accreditation standards.
Educational: The resident will have various opportunities for teaching. They will be exposed to small group as well as larger didactic lectures, serve as an adjunct preceptor for the community pharmacy practice laboratory, and also be a preceptor for PharmD clerkship students.
Specialty Pharmacy: The resident will have the opportunity to develop their role as a specialty pharmacist as well. They will spend time with the specialty pharmacy manager, as well as spend time with the Healthcare Specialty Supervisor at Walgreens to understand the details of pharmacy operations.
Management / Leadership: The resident will have opportunities to become involved with both State and National pharmacy associations. They will have the opportunity to attend Massachusetts Pharmacy Board meetings, attend local and national pharmacy meetings, as well as assist in legislative endeavors to further the practice of pharmacy.
Engage the resident in the clinical, educational, specialty, and administrative aspects of community pharmacy practice
Prepare the resident to assume clinical, educational, specialty, and administrative responsibilities within the community practice setting
Provide a mechanism whereby the resident contributes to the development of pharmacy services within the community setting
Develop the resident’s precepting and teaching abilities
Contribute to quality improvement programs as appropriate
Successfully develop and implement a longitudinal residency project, as well as submit a manuscript for publication in a reputable pharmacy journal
Having met these requirements, the resident will be awarded a certificate of completion. This certificate will attest that the resident has achieved competencies consistent with and in accordance with accreditation standards as set forth by ASHP/APhA.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pharmacist License
PharmD degree from a college or school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Complete the online resident position application at https://jobs.walgreens.com
Submission of residency application materials to Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
Three professional letters of recommendation
Letter of intent explaining why you are pursuing a community pharmacy residency and what you hope to gain from the residency program
Official university transcripts
On-site interview (upon invitation)
Registered with the National Matching Service (NMS)
All applications must be received no later than January 5th in the year in which admission is sought. Once all materials are received, the Program Director will contact eligible candidates for an on-site interview.
Matthew R. Machado PharmD, Residency Program Director
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
About MCPHS University and Walgreens Community-based Pharmacy Residency (PGY1)
Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.
As the neighborhood drugstore and retailer, our goal is to make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.... We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment, and be a part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, team members and the communities we all call home.