PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency: Memorial Regional Hospital

The PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program at Memorial Regional Hospital prepares PGY-1 trained pharmacists to become board certified in psychiatric pharmacy and prepares graduates to assume positions in a variety of behavioral health environments including, but not limited to: inpatient psychiatry, outpatient clinics and in adjunct faculty positions.

The intensive training provided through the PGY-2 program will provide residents with the in-depth knowledge and clinical practice experience to prepare them to function independently to formulate a comprehensive, integrated approach to medication-related issues geared to improve the clinical effectiveness of patient care. In addition, the program will prepare residents to identify, prevent, and resolve medication-related problems, participate as active members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, demonstrate leadership skills, and provide targeted education to healthcare providers, patients and community members.

Program Structure

The PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Program is designed to ensure residents have adequate exposure to core psychiatric illnesses. This is achieved by requiring the resident to spend 8 weeks in the following rotations:

  • Adult thought disorders
  • Adult mood disorders
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry

Residents are also required to spend four weeks in the emergency department to become familiar with the management of acute psychiatric presentations. Finally, all residents beginning the program who have not had previous experience working as a pharmacist at Memorial Regional Hospital will be required to complete four weeks of orientation. The following remaining rotation options will be selected based upon the resident’s interest:

  • Research/Academia
  • Toxicology
  • Substance abuse
  • Outpatient psychiatry
  • Mind Body Wellness clinic
  • Consultation psychiatry
  • Transitions of care

Each rotation is four weeks, but may be extended to eight if the resident has a strong interest in a particular area. Finally, core rotations may be extended or alternative rotations may be added depending on the resident’s future goals.

The program also has required longitudinal rotations that will be ongoing throughout the 12 month experience: staffing, research, administration.

Educational Experience

Core (Required) Requirements (5)

  • Psychiatric Emergency Department (4 weeks)
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (8 weeks)
  • Adult Psychiatry – Inpatient (Thought Disorders) (8 weeks)
  • Adult Psychiatry – Inpatient (Mood Disorders) (8 weeks)
  • Orientation (only required if resident does not have previous experience working as a pharmacist at MRH) (8 weeks)

Elective Options

All are 4 weeks and may be extended to 8 weeks

  • Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry
  • Transition of Care Management
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Research/Academic
  • Substance Abuse
  • Toxicology
  • Mind Body Wellness Clinic

Contact Us

Alberto Augsten, PharmD, MS,BCPP, DABAT
Director, PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program
Pharmacy Clinical Manager
Long-Acting Therapy Clinic (LAT) Manager
Board Certified Clinical Toxicologist