PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy 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.

Additional Program Description

The MUSC PGY2 psychiatric residency program focuses on the treatment of neuropsychiatric illness. The training site is a 100-bed psychiatric hospital within the MUSC Health System. Rotations include general adult psychiatry, acute adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, substance use disorder, consult liaison, and emergency department psychiatry. Longitudinal rotations also include outpatient experiences in PharmD Injection Clinic, Behavioral Medicine Clinic, and ID Psychiatry Clinic. Residents will also be exposed to day treatment programs for children, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. The residency will ultimately provide residents the opportunity to develop skills and expertise to serve as a competent psychiatric clinical pharmacy specialist in inpatient, outpatient, or academic positions.

Program Design

Required Learning Experiences

  • Psychiatric Pharmacy Orientation - 1 month
  • Acute care unit* - 1 month
  • Addictions unit* - 1 month
  • General adult psychiatry unit* - 1 month
  • Senior care unit* - 1 month
  • Emergency department psychiatry* - 1 month
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry* - 1 month
  • Consult-liaison psychiatry* - 1 month
  • Dual-service psychiatry - 1 month
  • Co-precepting* - 1 month
  • CPMP/Behavioral medicine clinic - 4 to 6 months
  • Mental health medication management and injection clinic - 10 to 12 months
  • Patient education (inpatient and outpatient groups) - longitudinal
  • Healthcare professional education - longitudinal
  • Research project - longitudinal
  • Medical use evaluation - longitudinal
  • Psychiatric pharmacy practice (staffing, on-call) - longitudinal
  • Seminar presentation - 1 ACPE-accredited lecture

Elective Learning Experiences

A second rotation experience (1 month) may be completed as an elective for any of the starred learning experiences above. In this scenario the elective learning experience, objectives, and responsibilities will be different than those of the required rotation.

Infectious disease-psychiatry clinic - 4 to 6 months

*Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability”

Clinical Staffing Service

The resident will provide clinical pharmacy and operational services (every third weekend and every other Friday afternoon) in the Institute of Psychiatry central pharmacy throughout the residency year. Responsibilities include order verification, Omnicell medication cabinet restock, responding to nursing and physician requests/questions, and coordination of medication provision with other MUSC pharmacy areas and staff.

Psychiatric Pharmacy On-Call Service

Residents will gain experience fielding drug information questions and providing clinical decision-making support for psychiatry-specific issues at the MUSC Charleston campus. On-call shifts are 24 hours a day for 7 days and residents will have a preceptor backup available for each shift throughout the year. Residents are assigned a call week approximately once every 6 weeks.

Research Project

Each resident will complete a longitudinal research project during the residency year. Project ideas will be generated by care team members of MUSC Health to address clinical and operational needs for Pharmacy Services and patients at MUSC Health. The resident will present the results of their project at a local, state, regional, or national meeting, and they must write a manuscript suitable for publication describing the results of their project. Residents are provided one project day each month during rotation hours to work on the project.


PGY2 residents will participate in small-group medication use evaluations to evaluate and implement measures to improve the quality of the medication-use process.


Each resident will present one ACPE-accredited seminar during the residency program. The goal of the seminar is to expand the resident’s communication skills, presentation techniques, and knowledge in a topic of their choosing.

Core Preceptors

  • Amanda Jewett, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS
  • Dan McGraw, PharmD, BCPP
  • Christine Rarrick, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, BCPS
  • Sophie Robert, BPharm, PharmD, BCPP
  • Clint Ross, PharmD, BCPP

Current Residents

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residents