PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare is an ASHP-accredited program. The residency is a 12-month structured training program designed to develop advanced skills and competence in providing pharmaceutical care for ambulatory patients. The PGY2 residency is composed of seven major elements:

  • Patient Care
  • Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching, Education and Dissemination of Knowledge

  • Treatment of Hospitalized Patients

  • Specialty Pharmacy

  • Medication Use Evaluations

Residency Program Leadership

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
Residency Program Director

Emma Hatfield Sapp, Pharm.D., BCACP

Program Structure

The structure of the residency program at St. Elizabeth is based around longitudinal learning experiences (rotations). Staffing experiences will occur on the weekends with residency specific activities occurring Monday through Friday. The typical resident schedule is Monday through Friday and every third weekend.


The St. Elizabeth PGY2 Ambulatory Care program offers a diverse selection of patient care rotations, allowing for the flexibility to pursue individual goals. During each longitudinal rotation, the resident is expected to perform independently and demonstrate an increasing proficiency in ambulatory pharmacy practice. The resident will develop critical thinking skills, while monitoring patient progress and medication therapy.

Longitudinal Rotations 

  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Specialty Pharmacy and Clinic
  • Population Health
  • Grand Rounds
  • Quality Improvement Research Project
  • Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Staffing
  • Cost Management Project

Elective Longitudinal Rotations 

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Administration
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Diabetes Management
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Transitions of Care

Quality Improvement Research Project

Completion of a quality improvement research project is a required component of the residency programs. The purpose of this requirement is to introduce the resident to the principles of scientific method including the design, preparation, performance and interpretation of a medical project.  The resident also gains experience in the preparation of a manuscript for publication and improves his/her public speaking skills through formal presentation.

Cost Management Project

Each PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident will conduct one assigned Cost Management Project during their residency year. All cost management projects align with the department’s strategic plan and usually assist in the development and justification of new pharmacy services.

Hospital Committee Assignments

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident is required to serve on the an ambulatory committee as a non-voting member. The purpose of this activity is to provide the resident with the opportunity to gain experience in the decision-making process encountered with committee work as well as multi-disciplinary interactions in a setting outside of clinical practice. Residents are also required to attend at least one Specialty Pharmacy Quality Management Committee Meeting and Anticoagulation Quality Committee Meeting.

Teaching Certificate Program

Though not a program requirement, residents have the opportunity to participate in the Teaching Certificate Program (TCP) affiliated with the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy (University of Cincinnati). Residents participate in formal seminars on precepting philosophy and technique, teaching experiences at the college of pharmacy, and the development of a teaching portfolio program. This program will allow the resident to gain a broad understanding of issues in pharmacy education and opportunities to practice their teaching skills.


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