Pharmacy Residency Program Post Graduate Year Two Ambulatory Care Residency

Ambulatory Care Residency

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Harris Health System's Department of Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy will train the residents to be adept and skilled in multiple areas of direct patient care, to exercise leadership in improving medication safety, and to use administrative skills for health system improvement. Residents will strengthen their commitment to the profession of pharmacy and, in turn, train the next generation of healthcare providers. Upon completion of this residency, the graduate will be prepared to practice as a clinical pharmacy specialist across a variety of ambulatory care settings.

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Candidate for PGY2 Ambulatory Care

Residency Requirements

Core Rotations

  • Primary Care
  • Anticoagulation (longitudinal)
  • Endocrinology
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical Administration
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Major Project
  • Minor Project
  • Staffing

The primary care rotations will focus on the following areas: chronic disease state management, nephrology, pulmonology, women’s health, and men’s health.

Elective Rotations

  • Psychiatry
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Academia

Practice Management

Each resident shall be expected to facilitate administrative and clinic duties. These duties include but are not limited to demonstrating management skills in the provision of care for ambulatory care patients and providing comprehensive medication management to ambulatory care patients following a consistent patient care process. Listed below are some pharmacy resident practice management responsibilities and services:

  • Telephonic consult services
  • Attend and participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Use Safety Committee, and subcommittee meetings
  • Develop or revise Policies and Procedures
  • Assist in expansion and/or development of clinical services
  • Participate in Non-formulary request processing (minimum 5 months)


Each resident is expected to present one journal club presentation, pharmacist billing presentation, four BCACP chapter review presentations,one didactic lecture, a Spring Continuing Education presentation, as well as poster presentations at ASHP Midyear and TSHP Alcalde.

Service Component

The residency staff component will be completed at one or more of the community pharamacies within Ambulatory Care Services and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy.


Each resident is expected to plan, design, and complete one major project with the guidance of a projectmentor. Residents are required to completeoneminor project,such as create a business proposal for a clinical pharmacy service.

Additional Requirements:

  • TeachingCertification Program*
  • ACLS Certification
  • Disease State Tracking
  • Assist with residency recruitment activities

* Validated certifications completed prior to start of the program will be honored.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program's admission requirements?

Individuals wishing to apply to the Harris Health Residency Program must:

  • Be a graduate of an ACPE-­accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Have current valid pharmacy license in the state of Texas, or be eligible for licensure
  • Completion of a ASHP accredited Postgraduate Year One Residency Program
  • Enroll in the Residency Matching Program
  • Submit application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) System by December 31, 2021

Can Harris Health sponsor applicants with visas?

Harris Health cannot sponsor student work visas.

What is Harris Health System's Ambulatory Care Postgraduate Year Two Program ASHP Accreditation Status?

The Postgraduate Year Two Ambulatory Care program conducted by Harris Health System, Houston,TX has an accreditation candidate status with ASHP. However our world class ambulatory care preceptor team has provided guidance and stewardship in the specialized practice of ambulatory car pharmacotherapy to our ASHP accredited Postgraduate Year One Program and Postgraduate Year Two Administration program residents for 17 years.

What documents are required for program application?

Applications shall be deemed complete upon the receipt of the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing a PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency. The letter should include details about your professional interests, achievements, and your five-year goals as a pharmacist.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts related to pharmacy education are required
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Reference writers must complete the standardized reference form in the PhORCAS system.
    • One letter of recommendation must be from a pharmacist who has supervised you or an APPE preceptor.
  • Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency certificate of completion.
  • What is the official start date of the program?

    The official start date of the program is July 1, 2022.

    When is the application deadline?

    All PHORCAS application documents must be received by December 31st, 2021.

    How can I apply for this residency program?

    Application materials shall be submitted via the PhORCAS System.

    Can the program extend beyond the 12 months of Residency Class?

    Residents will not be allowed to extend the program with or without pay beyond the allotted 12 months of Resident year.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Cesar Muñoz, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCACP
    Ambulatory Care PGY2
    Residency Program Director
    Clinical Pharmacy Operation Manager
    Ambulatory Care Services
    Harris Health System
    T: 346-426-0521
    Patrick S. Simon, Pharm.D, BCACP
    Residency Program Coordinator
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
    Ambulatory Care Services
    Harris Health System
    T: 713-566-3353