Department of

Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences
Pharmacy Residencies


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Walgreens Community Pharmacy and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy


The mission of the Walgreens-Northeastern University (NEU) Community Pharmacy Residency Program is to develop well-rounded, confident, and innovative community pharmacy practitioners who will advance the profession by providing superior patient care in a financially sustainable manner. This program builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and aims to develop competent pharmacists capable as a clinical pharmacist in any pharmacy setting.

The residency program is ASHP and APhA accredited Post-graduate educational and training experience designed to develop pharmacists with expertise in community practice.

This program prepares residents to be employed as a specialty staff pharmacist, in the specialty of their choice. It also prepares the resident to obtain a PGY2 program and to quality for BCPS examination at the conclusion of the program.

The majority of the resident’s time will be spent at the Walgreens Community-Based Specialty Pharmacy located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area in Boston, Massachusetts.

The resident will:

  • Participate in unique and innovative models of practice that continue to push healthcare forward.
  • Focus on inter-professional collaboration and professional leadership.
  • Engage in transitions of care and disease state management with emphasized in HIV, Hepatitis C, Oncology, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Solid Organ Transplants, and Chronic Inflammatory Disease.

Application Deadline: January 8th
(In the year in which admission is sought.)

Estimated Stipend: $50K

Karen C. Poliskey

Karen C. Poliskey, PharmD,

Registered Manager of Operation
Community-Based Specialty Pharmacy #10996
Oncology Lead Pharmacist (ONS member)
Walgreen Co. at Joslin Diabetes Center
429 Brookline Ave, Boston MA 02210

Telephone: 617-232-7506
Mobile: 857-210-2956
[email protected]

ASHP Accredited

Why our Residency?

Community-based residency programs provide training to develop the
resident’s knowledge and skills in four competency areas.

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Patient Care

Smiling female pharmacist of color in leadership

Leadership and Management

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Advancing Practice & Improving Patient Care

Pharmacist at her computer

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

From rounding with inpatient teams to preparing a new transplant patient for discharge, I was constantly in awe of the ways that a community pharmacist could help provide care and build partnerships with patients and providers. To this day, the skills I learned during my year in Boston continue to provide the foundation for my current role as a specialty pharmacy manager.


Healthcare Specialty Supervisor, Walgreen Co. Texas Region and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – School of Pharmacy

Residency Activities

Patient Care Services

  • Collaborate with Hospital Transplant team with newly transplanted patients
  • Provide medication management and counseling services
  • Improve patient adherence to medication therapy and improve health outcomes
  • Support patients with chronic conditions that require utilizing limited distribution drugs (LDD)
  • Provide additional health and wellness services including but not limited to MTM, immunizations, and blood pressure screenings


  • Facilitate and lead learning activities for student pharmacists in campus-based classrooms and laboratories
  • Serve as co-preceptor for IPPE, Co-Op, and APPE students
  • Design and lead a pharmacy-based patient care research project
  • Complete residency teaching certificate program
  • Participate in both student and professional organizations


  • Develop skills to become an efficient clinical staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager and store manager
  • Understand the complex organizational structure
  • Master basic leadership skills including but not limited to problem solving, action planning, delegation, accountability, and communication with team members
  • Collaborate with regional leadership on strategic planning to meet the mission and vision of the organization

This community residency program helped me improve both my clinical and personal skills through a variety of experiences. Although last year was difficult for many, this program taught me how to adapt to change and to adjust to a variety of situations. I was able to not only hone in on my clinical skills through countless patient and health care professional interactions, I was also able to grow my leadership skills by taking on certain managerial roles. Without this residency, I would not have the confidence or versatility that I have today in my current position as a district pharmacist.


District 875 Specialty Pharmacist Community-Based Specialty, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA

Tufts Medical Center
Critical Care Fellowship

The critical care fellowship at Northeastern University provides the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) pharmacist with the skills to be able to answer pharmacotherapy-related questions posed in clinical practice through the design, implementation and evaluation of methodologically-sound studies.

This fellowship is not currently open to applications.