Program Goals

The VA Boston Healthcare System offers a one-year ASHP-accredited PGY-2 residency in geriatrics. The purpose of this residency program is to prepare the resident for a career in geriatric clinical pharmacy practice.  The graduate of this program will be proficient in optimization of geriatric pharmacotherapy, medication reconciliation and med management in older adults, and intimately familiar with multi-disciplinary team assessment and management of the older patient. 


The resident will receive comprehensive, intense, and individualized training in aspects of geriatrics from dedicated, passionate, and expert pharmacy & geriatric medicine faculty.


The hallmark of this program is the exceptional interprofessional team that the resident works with on a daily basis.


Our Geriatric Team

  • Social worker and social work trainees

  • Geriatricians and geriatric medicine fellows, medical residents from local institutions

  • Nurse practitioner and nurse residents

  • Neuropsychology professionals, fellows, and trainees

  • Partnership with audiology, neuro-memory clinic

Core Experiences

  • Interprofessional geriatrics clinic 

  • Palliative care

  • Home-based primary care

  • Long-term care

  • Outpatient geriatric mental health

  • Aging research

  • Didactic learning with geriatric medicine fellows through the Harvard Multicampus Geriatrics Fellowship




Elective Experiences


  • Primary care pharmacy clinic, with pharmacist as the provider with prescriptive privileges under supervision of a physician

  • Teaching certificate program and teaching rotations (inpatient and outpatient)

  • Tobacco cessation group

  • Interprofessional Pain clinic

  • Additional specialty clinics available

       depending on interests



Residency Project and

Professional Presentations

  • Longitudinal geriatric residency research or quality improvement project

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

  • Eastern States Conference


     United States citizenship

     PharmD degree from an ACPE-                accredited college of pharmacy

     Completion of an ASHP-                            accredited PGY1 pharmacy                      practice residency

     Active pharmacist licensure in              any US state

     Letter of intent

     Curriculum vitae

     Three letters of recommendation

        including one from the program           director of applicant's PGY-1                   program

     Complete official transcripts

     Application submitted via

Updated: 02/2020

Contact Information
John Roefaro, PharmD, BCGP

Residency Program Director

Phone: (857)303-2146

Please apply via PhORCAS

NMS code: 672654

Application deadline: January 15th 

Our program is a partnership with the Harvard Geriatrics Fellowship and the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC)

Join our team!

VA Boston 

Healthcare System

PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy

Residency Program

Experiences at the Brockton, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury campuses

Resident Positions

  • There is one position available for the PGY2 geriatric pharmacy program.

  • The VA Boston PGY1 program accepts five residents per year, while the PGY2 psychiatric program accepts one resident per year.

Resident Benefits

  • Approximate stipend of $48,824

  • Health and life insurance offered

  • Paid leave: 13 vacation days

                           13 sick days

  • 10 federal holidays

  • Free parking at all three campuses

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