PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in the Ambulatory Care/Specialty Setting

Residency Program Director

Elizabeth A. Koczera, PharmD, BCACP

Elizabeth A. Koczera, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
PGY1 Residency Program Director

For questions, please email

Residency Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Plaia, PharmD, AAHIVP

Gabrielle N. Plaia, PharmD, AAHIVP
Specialty Pharmacist-HIV
PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator

For questions, please email

Thank you for your interest and consideration in our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

Program purpose

To provide experiences to develop pharmacy practitioners who will possess the knowledge of the systematic processes associated with medication acquisition, appropriateness, and accreditation standards as well as clinical knowledge to provide high-quality patient care to advance pharmacy practice.

The primary goals of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in the ambulatory care-specialty pharmacy practice setting are as follows:

  • Develop competent pharmacists, capable of practicing at a clinical pharmacist level in any pharmacy setting by successfully completing each learning experience.
  • Prepare residents to pursue and be employed as a specialty staff pharmacist in the specialty of the resident's choice.
  • Prepare residents to successfully challenge the BCPS examination at the conclusion of the PGY1 program.
  • Prepare residents to successfully match at the PGY2 program of the resident's choice.

Available learning experiences

  • Administration
  • Dermatology clinic
  • Geriatrics service
  • GI/HCV clinics
  • Hematology/oncology clinic
  • HIV/ID clinic
  • Inpatient internal medicine/cardiology
  • Investigational drug services
  • Medication therapy management
  • Neurology clinic
  • Primary care clinic
  • Rheumatology clinic
  • Specialty pediatrics and cystic fibrosis clinic
  • Transitions of care

Additional opportunities may be available upon request

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Anticoagulation
  • Drug information
  • Longitudinal research project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Outpatient pharmacy practice
  • Specialty pharmacy/on-call
  • Teaching certificate program

Additional responsibilities

Medication use evaluation

The resident will complete one medication usage evaluation during the first half of the residency year, and present the completed MUE results at ASHP Midyear/Vizient meeting via a poster presentation.

Longitudinal research project

The resident will complete one longitudinal research project throughout the residency year. This project may be original research or a development/enhancement of pharmacy services. Completed results will be presented as a poster presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference in May. In addition, you will complete a manuscript suitable for publication.

Continuing education

The resident will present two ACPE accredited presentations during the residency year. The topic should surround a controversial oncology topic, new medication, or guideline update.

ACPE continuing education presentation

  • 2 ACPE continuing education presentations for pharmacists


The resident will staff in both the outpatient pharmacy and in specialty services. They will alternate carrying the specialty pharmacy services on-call pager. The resident will not be expected to staff holidays when outpatient pharmacy services are closed.

Teaching certificate

There will be an opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program during the PGY1 year. We determine the provider of the teaching certificate program on a yearly basis. The resident has the option to participate in this program.

APPE pharmacy student precepting

The resident will have the opportunity to co-precept APPE pharmacy student activities throughout the year.


Stipend: $47,486

Total Earned time (10 days):

  • 3 holidays
  • 7 vacation / interview / sick days

Professional travel:

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting
  • Eastern States Regional Residency Program

How to apply

Please submit all application materials via PhORCAS.

Application deadline: January 1st

Must have a valid pharmacy license to practice in the state of New Hampshire by August 1st.

Application submission:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhORCAS Residency Program application
  • ASHP Residency Matching Program registration