What is the advanced pharmacy residency year 2 program?

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

What are current or past students saying about the Advanced (Year 2) Residency Program at LMPS?

Listen to a testimonial from a current resident HERE.

Is the LMPS residency program now 2 years long?

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 but are separate and distinct programs.

The Year 1 program is a general residency that is designed to train new graduates of undergraduate B.Sc (Pharm) and entry-to-practice PharmD programs in institutional pharmacy practice.

The APRY2 program offers advanced pharmacy training targeted towards practitioners who have completed the Year 1 residency program and have additional years of clinical pharmacy experience. The goal of the Year 2 program is to support and build the skills and expertise required to practice as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS).

Why do an advanced practice pharmacy residency?

In order to work as a clinical pharmacy specialists, certain advanced skills are required. These APRY2 programs aim to prepare graduates for advanced clinical roles such as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist positions. The APRY2 program will help the residents advance their skills in the areas of complex patient care (including additional exposure to the practice area of choice, physical assessment, and advanced pharmacokinetics), research design and execution, critical appraisal, and teaching. Through multiple rotations in the specialty area of choice, the resident will gain knowledge and confidence to work in that practice area, but through other general rotations and courses they will also gain the advanced skills that can be translated to a variety of other practice areas they may work in the future.

How does an APRY2 Residency compare to other existing programs?

With the change in Canadian universities moving from a B.Sc. Pharm to entry-level-PharmD, the APRY2 program is the next step in training advanced pharmacy practitioners. The APRY2 is one of many pathways to developing advanced practice skills in clinical pharmacy with a defined specialty area of practice. Our programs offer a core focus with a site based approach as well as opportunities to obtain practice experience at various sites across LMPS.

Is the APRY 2 program accredited?

Accreditation of our Critical Care program is scheduled for the Fall of 2019. Accreditation can be applied retroactively to graduates of the program, who will also receive the ACPR2 title when our program is fully accredited.  Our program is designed to meet or exceed the 2016 CPRB Year 2 standards.

The Pediatrics and Internal Medicine programs, with intake in 2019, will each be independently accredited and this review is expected to occur sometime in 2020.

What is the admission requirements and selection process?

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now being accepted.

For further details regarding admission requirements, please visit our admissions criteria page.

Applicants will be screened and ranked by a panel based on: academic performance, work experience (including precepting, research, and and clinical practice), volunteer/leadership involvement, letter of intent, and letters of reference.

Based on the score receiving during the screening process, select applicants will be offered an interview.

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

Our interviews occurs in Vancouver, BC.  The interviews will be a panel style, with a duration between 45 minutes-1 hour. For further details, please visit our admissions criteria page.

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

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

Will my prior credits count towards my residency?

Prior credit for rotations completed will be considered based on the criteria outlined by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board. Prior credit will only be considered for experiential rotations successfully completed as a part of a CPRB accredited Advanced (year 2) Pharmacy Residency program within the preceding 24 months. All applications for prior credit will be reviewed and approved by the program director, program coordinator, and members of the residency advisory committee.

Is there a stipend for the Year 2 Program?

Yes, a stipend and benefits package will be providedIt will be approximately $30,000 and will be contingent on a return of service contract. 

Is there a service agreement?

Yes, there is a service agreement successful candidates have the option to sign. If you sign the service agreement, you will be offered a salary and have the tuition fee waived.  In return for signing the service agreement, you are required to provide a year of service within Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services in a Pharmacist II (clinical pharmacist) or higher grade-level position.

Though the goal of this program is to prepare graduates for advanced roles you are not "guaranteed" a CPS position in LMPS 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 the APRY2 program suitable for someone who wants to be a generalist?

The emphasis of the APRY2 program is to provide clinicians with translatable, advanced 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.

The program specialties are intended to provide a foundation of clinical experiences in that area then combined with a number elective rotations to either broaden or narrow the residents scope of training, based on his/her interests and career goals.

How is the APRY2 Program structured?

The APRY2 program is a mix of structured, experiential clinical rotations, research and teaching. The main focus of this program is clinical rotation experience under the guidance of clinical pharmacy specialists practising within LMPS. The series of 4-week clinical rotations are enhanced by a longitudinal academic, leadership, and research curriculum designed to augment the clinical skill set.

What is the management structure of the APRY2 Program?

The APRY2 program director oversees the strategic and operational planning, approval of policies and procedures, acquisition of funding, and program evaluation.

The APRY2 program coordinator(s) is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program including: development and maintenance of policies and procedures, scheduling, support/training of residents and preceptors, development of training curriculum, program evaluation, learner assessment, and oversight of daily operations.

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

You can contact Spencer Tuttle (spencer,tuttle@vch.ca) for more information regarding the program.

You can also contact Dr. Mike Legal (mlegal@providencehealth.bc.ca) for additional information regarding the Internal Medicine program or Dr. Roxane Carr (rcarr2@cw.bc.ca) for additional information regarding the Pediatrics program.