PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program

The postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) internal medicine residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health is a 12-month full-time postgraduate training experience. The program, which builds upon the competencies established during PGY1 training, is currently in pre-candidate status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

As it relates to the internal medicine patient, the program focuses on developing residents’ analytical, clinical, leadership and teaching skills.

The program is individualized for each resident based upon his or her goals, interests or previous experience. Residents will have the opportunity to precept PGY1 residents and pharmacy students and to provide education programs. They will also be involved in departmental or organizational initiatives.


The program offers flexible rotations to tailor the year to each resident’s interests and career goals. The internal medicine rotations build upon each other, focusing on different practice settings, such as:

  • Community hospital settings
  • Hospitalist services
  • Teaching services

In addition to required and elective rotations, residents also gain longitudinal experience in population health management and at the medication strategy center.

Required Rotations

  • 5 internal medicine rotations (1-month rotations)
    • Community hospital focus (Lexington)
    • Hospitalist focus
    • Teaching service/co-preceptor focus (2 consecutive months)
    • Teaching service/primary preceptor focus
  • Transitions of care
  • Critical care (if not previously completed as PGY1 pharmacy resident)
  • 1 medicine selective rotation
    • Cardiology, neurology or nephrology (with or without transplant)
  • Management (2-week rotation)

Elective Rotations

  • Ambulatory care
  • Cardiology (CVICU or advanced heart failure)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Infectious diseases (AST, HIV clinic and/or ID consults)
  • Intermediate care unit
  • Medical intensive care unit
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology


Precepting students and PGY1 residents gives PGY2 residents an opportunity to refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. Wake Forest Baptist is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell and Wingate Universities. The program offers residents departmental preceptor development.

Teaching Certificate

At the beginning of the year, internal medicine residents have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program sponsored by the department of pharmacy. This program is intended to develop the resident’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach effectively in a wide variety of settings. The certificate program also aims to enhance the resident’s ability to provide constructive evaluations, as well as incorporate feedback into their own teaching. Many of the residency-required presentations qualify as experiences that help the resident complete the certificate program.

Presentations and Conferences

Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the presentation experiences include:

  • Case presentations
  • In-services on rotations
  • Journal clubs
  • Lecture (pharmacotherapy) to physician assistant program
  • Pharmacotherapy continuing education program
  • Pharmacy Fridays at internal medicine physician morning reports
  • Poster presentation at Vizient
  • Student/resident lecture series presentation


Residents primarily work general medicine clinical weekends, with the potential to alternate with MICU clinical weekends. Frequency will vary based on departmental needs and educational opportunities (currently, every third weekend).

Salary and Benefits

  • Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Estimated stipend: $50,000
  • Funding to attend select professional meetings

Application Process

Please submit your application online using ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include the following information:

  • A current CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

In your letter of intent, please submit an essay that answers the following questions:

  • What are your goals for a pharmacy residency, and how does our program meet these goals?
  • Describe any research experience or training, special projects or scientific work you have completed, as well as any notable professional accomplishments you have achieved.
  • What do you think is the largest obstacle facing pharmacy today?
  • What personal interests do you have outside of pharmacy?

Application Guidelines

When submitting your application, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit 3 (and only 3) references to the reference section of PhORCAS
  • Submit only 1 letter of intent
  • Ensure your essay is in 12-point font and not more than 2 pages long

Please consider your choice for references carefully. We want information from people who will help us get to know you and understand how well you will succeed in our program.

In general, the best reference letters come from:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem-solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisers and employers whom you have worked with on a particular project and/or know well

Application Deadline

The deadline for the PGY2 internal medicine pharmacy residency program is January 1.

On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.