General FAQ

What is the advanced pharmacy residency program, year 2?

The Advanced Pharmacy Residency Year 2 (APRY2) program is aimed at developing future clinical pharmacy specialists by offering a combination of experiential rotations encompassing research, leadership and patient care practice.

So...there's 2 years in a pharmacy residency program now?

No, the applications, learning outcomes and end goals of the Year 1 program and the Year 2 programs are not the same and are not continuous in nature.

Admission to the Year 1 program does not constitute admission to the Year 2 program. These two programs are both administered by LMPS and may share sites but are separate and distinct programs.

The Year 1 program is a general residency that is meant to transform new graduates of undergraduate B.Sc (Pharm) and entry-to-practice PharmD programs to learn clinical skills, think clinically and introduce them to clinical pharmacy practice. Meanwhile, the Year 2 Advanced Pharmacy Residency Program is targeted towards practitioners who have completed the Year 1 general residency program and have gone on to accumulate an additional 2-5 years hospital pharmacy experience. The goal of the Year 2 program is to prepare the resident with the right skills and expertise in order to practice as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. 

Why do an advanced practice pharmacy residency?

The aim of the advanced practice pharmacy residency is to train clinicians to serve in specific specialities that aim to better serve the complex health needs of the lower mainland. Enrolling in this practice residency will increase your knowledge and skills in a specified area of study and make you more able to serve the healthcare needs of your patients.

Why this advance residency program over others offered by other health authorities/schools?

LMPS is offering the first advanced pharmacy residency program in Canada. Our program is the first of its kind in Canada. The LMPS residency program is one of the largest in Canada, with sites expanding from Squamish to Mission and serve a highly diverse population. We are a body of highly committed and knowledgeable practitioners and aim to offer a program that will advance your practice.

What are the requirements for admission?

Basic requirements include: 

  • Completion of an CPRB or APRB accredited year 1 residency program.
  • 2-5 years work experience in a clinical setting or equivalent
  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure by the BC College of Pharmacists.

For full details on requirements, please visit our admissions criteria page.

What is the admission process?

Application for the LMPS APRY2 program open in late November - early December. You will need to fill out an application, attach your resume, a letter of intent, university transcripts and submit it with the appropriate administrative fee. You will also be required to submit 3 letters of reference.

Should you be shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted via email by the end of February to select a date for your interview. Interviews take place during March. Unfortunately, due to the volume of candidates and interviews, once you set a time for your interview, it cannot be changed.

What is the interview process? Do I need to bring anything?

Our interviews occurs on site in the Metro Vancouver area. We recommend you arrive to the site early as the hospitals are quite large and easy to get lost in. The interviews will be a panel style, with a duration between 30 minutes-1 hour.

While we do not require you bring anything, it is recommended that you come prepared for the interview.

I've been offered admission to this program, now what?

Congratulations! Please see our onboarding procedure to see the next steps in your journey!

Will my prior credits count towards my residency?

Prior credits are evaluated on a case by case basis depending on the nature and completion of the previous programs. Please note that PRY1 rotations will not count as credit towards your APRY2 residency.

Is this program accredited?

At the moment, accreditation of our program is scheduled for 2018. CHPRB will evaluate our program for accreditation. Accreditation can be applied retroactively to graduates, who will also receive the CSHP APRY2 title when our program is fully accredited.


Additional FAQ for Students

Are there other Advanced Residencies in Canada?

Yes, but there are few and none of the residencies are currently accredited. To our knowledge we are the only Health Authority offering Mental Health. In addition, our program offers generalized electives so that you will excel in a specialty and gain transferable skills for any stream.

Is this program the same as the PGY2 in the United States?

We consider our programs to be similar, but they are not equivalent because the PGY2 program is accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) whereas the APRY2 program is accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB). For both programs, applicants must have completed a accredited Year 1 Residency to start the Year 2 Program.

Is there a stipend for the Year 2 Program?

Yes, a competitive stipend and benefits package will be provided.

Who will benefit from completing an APRY2?

The APRY2 program will benefit any clinician looking to advance their practice. Generally, we recommend this program for pharmacists who have worked in clinical pharmacy looking to further advance their skills.

Will I be guaranteed a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) position upon graduation from Year 2 program?

No, you are not "guaranteed" a CPS position upon graduation.  However, the knowledge and skills you attain in the Year 2 residency program will certainly make you a competitive applicant for available CPS positions in LMPS.   Unlike the Year 1 program where we have a job fair, graduates of the Year 2 program will be made aware of available CPS positions in LMPS and you are encouraged to apply and interview for the positions you would like to attain.

Is there a service agreement?

Yes, we do intend to have a service agreement similar to the Year 1 program that you have the option to sign. If you sign the service agreement, you will be offered a competitive of repayable salary and have the tuition fee waived.  In return for signing the service agreement, you are asked to provide a year of service (either as a Clinical Pharmacist or Clinical Pharmacy Specialist) following your Year 2 residency.

I have my license from outside of British Columbia. Can I still apply for the APRY2 program?

Yes, as long as you’re eligible for licensure in British Columbia, you can apply for the APRY2 program. You do not need to current hold a valid full pharmacist license in BC to qualify to apply to the APRY2 program.

Do I need to complete an APRY2 if I already have experience in the field of specialty?

The benefit of the APRY2 program is to advance the skills of the practitioner. There is no requirement to complete the program at all but it is meant as a training tool to allow clinicians to hone their skills in order to become a clinical pharmacy specialist. It is actually beneficial to have some experience in the field of specialty as you will already have some background knowledge of the conditions and therapeutics necessary to be successful in the program.

Is the APRY2 program suitable for someone who wants to be a generalist?

The emphasis of the APRY2 program is to provide clinician with advanced skills. This means that even if you want to become a generalist, the APRY2 program can help train and advance your skills. The skills you learn in patient care, research, and leadership can transfer and apply to any area of practice, not just the specialty you studied in.

How many residents are you accepting for the Year 2 Program?

For the 2018-2019 year, we are accepting 2 residents. We are looking to expand our program in subsequent years to allow for more specialty fields and residents.

Are there any teaching opportunities in the Year 2 Program?

Yes, there is actually a mandatory teaching component designed in the APRY2 program. There are multiple opportunities to educate Year 1 residents, students and interprofessionally in the APRY2 program.

Who are my preceptors?

Your preceptors will be top clinicians who have advanced training and made contributions to their fields.

If I completed a Year 1 Residency outside of British Columbia am I qualified to apply?

Yes, if you completed a CHPRB or ASHP accredited hospital residency PGY1 program, you are qualified to apply to the program.

I am an international graduate. Can I still apply for the APRY2 program?

The APRY2 Program is designed for graduates of a CHPRB or ASHP accredited general practice residency. If you are an international graduate with this designation, you are qualified to apply for the APRY2 Program.

How is the APRY2 or Year 2 Program structured?

The APRY2 program is a mix of structured didactic learning, practical hands-on experience, research and teaching. The main focus of this program is the hands-on rotation under the tutelage of different specialists, which will take over 32 weeks of the rotation. For further information, please see our Critical Care and Mental Health specialty pages

Who can I contact if I have more questions about APRY2?

You can contact Adil Virani, adil.virani@fraserhealth.ca for additional information regarding the program.


Additional FAQ for Preceptors

If I am already a preceptor for the Year 1 residency, can I become a preceptor for Year 2 residency as well?

Yes, the qualifications for precepting the Year 2 program are slightly different but you are eligible to apply to become a preceptor for the Year 2 program. We encourage you to discuss this arrangement with your manager as you will be allocating more time towards teaching.

What is the Residency Advisory Council?

The Residency Advisory Council (RAC) is a committee formed by preceptors, residents, and organizers of the residency program. Its purpose is to provide oversight in regards to how the program is run.

What is the management structure of the APRY2 Program?

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What qualifications do I need to become a preceptor?

All preceptors must maintain an active practice in their area of specialty. The Lead Preceptor must be a member of CSHP.

What are the roles of preceptors?

The Lead Preceptor and Primary Rotation Preceptors are integral in guiding the residents in their journey to advance their clinical skill sets. The roles and responsibilities for the two positions are found here:


What is my time commitment?

Time commitment varies depending on the nature of the rotation. There are a variety of non-active teaching hours involved in preceptorship such as supervising, assigning cases, or being shadowed in addition to active teaching. For further information, you can ask your manager for more details or contact Adil Virani, adil.virani@fraserhealth.ca for additional information regarding preceptorship in the APRY2.

What type of positions are available?

We are currently looking for Lead Preceptors and Primary Rotation Preceptors.

I have a busy workload but I would like to become a preceptor. What should I do?

We are very understanding, we will try to work with your manager to ensure that you have both time to precept for the Year 2 program as well as perform the responsibilities of your position. If you wantt to precept for our program, please initiate a conversation with your manager about preceptors and please don’t hesitate to discuss with Adil Virani at adil.virani@fraserhealth.ca.

Will there be remuneration for preceptors?

No, preceptors do not receive additional financial compensation for precepting residents. However, we will work with your manager to ensure that you will be allocated time during your work day for your precepting activities.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about APRY2?

You can contact Adil Virani, adil.virani@fraserhealth.ca for additional information regarding the program.