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Published on June 03, 2021

Pharmacy Residency Program at Rutland Regional Medical Center Receives National Accreditation

Rutland Regional Medical Center was recently awarded national accreditation for their pharmacy residency program through the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). ASHP is the nationwide accrediting body for all pharmacy residency programs and is responsible for ensuring institutions comply with rigorous standards for training pharmacy graduates.

We have been working to develop our Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy residency program since 2017,” said Saisha Branchaud, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Pharmacy Services and Residency Program Director. “We have been privileged to mentor and work with two cohorts of residents thus far and all of them have been a great source of energy and pride for our entire department.”

The two cohorts thus far included Amanda Lamkins PharmD, Springfield Hospital, and Allison Pratt PharmD, Northwestern Medical Center in the spring of 2019 and Arthor Bosley PharmD and Seth Pemberton PharmD. Branchaud in the spring of 2020.

In 2020, Rutland Regional participated in their first ASHP residency accreditation survey and recently learned they were awarded full accreditation for the maximum 8-year period. Achieving accreditation recognizes that the organization has successfully developed a program that meets the rigorous ASHP training requirements. This accreditation also means that the Pharmacy Residency Program is now eligible to receive funding support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the PGY1 Pharmacy program, and ongoing reimbursement of the residents and dedicated practitioners.

We are so very excited to be granted the opportunity to continue training residents on our practice and collaboration here at Rutland Regional,” said Melanie McAtee, PharmD, BCGP Residency Preceptor. “We are enthusiastically anticipating the arrival of our upcoming class of residents, Felicia Le, Albany College of Pharmacy, and Melissa Gianetti, University of Rhode Island. They will begin their residency on July 6.”

About the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is an advanced training program for licensed pharmacists within the hospital setting. PGY1 residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy Education and contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide-range of conditions. Additionally, PGY1 residency prepares pharmacists for board certification and PGY2 specialty residency training. Pharmacy residency programs are largely supported by graduate medical education (GME) allied health funding through Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Applicants apply to Pharmacy residency programs via an online centralized application service and then participate in a rigorous interview process. In March of each year a notification of resident “match” is released with those matched set to begin their residency in early July.

Learn more about the program and watch a video for prospective participents>>>

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.


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