Internal Medicine Advanced (Year 2) Pharmacy Residency


Type: Internal Medicine

Focus: Acute Care/ ambulatory care

Positions Available: 2 (1 based at Vancouver General Hospital, 1 based at St. Paul’s Hospital)

Stipend/Benefits: $30,000 + benefits

Vacation: 10 paid days

Application Deadline: March 22nd, 2019

Start Date: Summer 2019

Program Duration: 52 weeks

 Download:Internal Medicine Program Summary

Program Overview

The Internal Medicine Advanced (Year 2) Residency is a 52-week specialty training program designed to develop and refine the resident’s skills as an advanced practitioner, educator and leader in pharmacy practice. The program builds upon the competencies established through completion of an accredited year one pharmacy residency and/or a post-graduate clinical pharmacy degree, and complies with the accreditation standards of the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board.


The residency is offered through Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services and will be based primarily at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.  There will also be opportunities to take advantage of elective specialty rotations at our multiple sites across the Lower Mainland.


Vancouver General Hospital

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is British Columbia's largest tertiary care hospital with over 900 acute care beds, providing specialized health care services to inpatient and ambulatory care patients from across the province.   VGH is also a teaching hospital that is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is the site of one of the largest research institutes in Canada. 


St. Paul’s Hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital is a 435 bed acute care, teaching and research hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia and located in downtown Vancouver. It is home to world-class medical and surgical programs, including critical care, geriatrics, emergency medicine, mental health, nephrology, and surgical specialties.  The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDs is based at St. Paul’s Hospital, as are heart and kidney transplantation services. 


Pharmacy Departments and Clinical Services

The VGH Pharmaceutical Sciences Department employs approximately 150 full-time equivalent employees.  Clinical Pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists work collaboratively with their medical/surgical teams to provide care to service areas such as Antimicrobial Stewardship, Burns and Plastics, Critical Care, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Cardiac/General/Orthopedic/Spinal/ Urological/Vascular surgery, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Leukemia/Stem Cell Transplantation, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Solid Organ Transplantation.


The Providence Health Care Pharmacy Department, which services St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) and Mount St. Joseph Hospital, employs approximately 120 full-time equivalent employees.  Clinical pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists work collaboratively with their medical/surgical teams to provide care to service areas such as Antimicrobial Stewardship, Cardiology, Critical Care, Cystic Fibrosis, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Mental Health/Addictions, Solid Organ Transplantation, Urban Health/HIV, and Ambulatory Care.


The hospital pharmacy residency program at VGH and Providence Health is well-established with over 45 years of experience.  Our pharmacy staff have clinical faculty affiliations with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC and are actively involved in the training of UBC Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy students as lecturers, research supervisors, and preceptors.  In addition, our staff have been involved with numerous award-winning research projects and are frequent presenters at local, national, and international conferences. 


Candidates for the Internal Medicine Advanced (Year 2) Residency program must be highly motivated learners and committed to clinical leadership, leading the profession as advanced practitioners within the health care system.


Required Rotations

  • Advanced Internal Medicine

  • Ambulatory Care

  • Cardiology

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Critical Care

  • Preceptorship in Medicine

  • Research Project

Elective Rotations:¥

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Geriatrics (Acute Care/Clinic)

  • Hepatology

  • HIV

  • Mental Health & Addictions

  • Nephrology/Dialysis

  • Neurology

  • Opioid Stewardship

  • Psychiatry

  • Respirology/Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

  • Transplantation (Solid Organ/Leukemia/Stem Cell)

¥These are examples of potential elective rotations available.  Additional electives are available based on the resident’s interest.

Other Residency Activities

Clinical and didactic teaching opportunities involving pharmacy (e.g. E2P PharmD students, Year 1 residents) and non-pharmacy learners (e.g. medical students and residents)

Guided learning in statistics, critical appraisal, and study design

Guided learning in physical assessment

Longitudinal experiences in improving medication use systems

Longitudinal leadership and business case development experiences

Professional committee involvement

Professional conference attendance


Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be eligible for licensure with the BC College of Pharmacy and have completed an accredited year 1 pharmacy practice residency program (ACPR) and/or an accredited Clinical Masters (in Pharmacy) degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Additional clinical experience is preferred.


Interested Applicants should submit the following via email to by March 22nd, 2019:

  1. Curriculum vitae

  2. Letter of intent (maximum 500 words)

  3. Copy of residency certificate or verification of successful completion supplied by the program (signed letter or email from the program coordinator)

  4. Three letters from professional references

  5. Application fee: $120 payable as a cheque, money order, or bank draft payable to “Provincial Health Services Authority”.  Mail cheque to: Attention Avena Guppy – LMPS Pharmacy, 2733 Heather Street, Heather Pavilion, Level D, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9


For additional information, please contact:

 Dr. Mike Legal

Phone: 604-806-8147


Program Director:

Spencer Tuttle, B.Sc., MPharm.

Director, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services

Phone: 604-875-4111 x 69823


Advanced (Year 2) Residency Coordinator:

Michael Legal, B.Sc. (Pharm.), ACPR, Pharm.D., FCSHP

Clinical Manager/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine,

Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services

Phone: 604-806-8147


Site Contacts:

Nilu Partovi, B.Sc. (Pharm.), ACPR, Pharm.D., FCSHP

Clinical Coordinator, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health


Stephen Shalansky, B.Sc. (Pharm.), ACPR, Pharm.D., FCSHP

Clinical Coordinator, Providence Health Care