Pain and Palliative Care Residency Program

The University of Maryland Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency Program is a structured post-graduate education and training program intended to help the resident develop advanced knowledge and skills in the practice of pharmacy, specializing in pain management and palliative care (PMPC).

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited PMPC PGY2 residency program is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice focused on the pain management and palliative care needs of patients. Residents will learn to provide pharmaceutical care to patients with acute pain, chronic cancer, and chronic non-cancer pain. Additionally, residents will be prepared to meet the specialized pharmaceutical care needs of patients with advanced and terminal illnesses, including pain and non-pain symptom management.

Because this residency program is accreditated by ASHP, the resident will complete the following ASHP-established outcomes:

  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills in pain management and palliative care.
  • Optimize the outcomes of pain management and palliative care patients through the expert provision of evidence-based patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications in pain management and palliative care.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training and educational activities for health care professionals, health care professionals in training, and the public in pain management and palliative care.
  • Contribute to the body of pain management and palliative care knowledge.

Additionally, our program adheres to the "Goals and Objectives for a Post-Graduate Year Two Program in Pain and Palliative Care" set forth by ASHP. These goals and objectives can be found in the ASHP Residency Accreditation Regulations and Standards.

There are opportunities to combine this residency with a fellowship, or with a master of science degree in several fields including instructional systems development, health care outcomes, or palliative care.

Purpose Statement:

PMPC PGY2 residency graduates are equipped to participate as essential members of interdisciplinary pain management and palliative care teams and are able to make complex therapeutic recommendations in different practice settings. Training focuses on developing the resident's capabilities to deal with a range of pain syndromes, including chronic malignant and non-malignant pain, neuropathic pain, and pain related to neurologic, orthopedic, and rheumatologic conditions. Palliative care emphasis is placed on symptom management throughout the patient's illness and at the end of life.

In addition to these direct patient care responsibilities, PMPC residency graduates are trained to serve as an authoritative resource in their health systems for the optimal use of medications. In that role, they can be relied upon to lead the development and implementation of medication-related guidelines and protocols for pain management and palliative care, and the development of pain management and palliative care related service. Graduates are also highly skilled in the design and delivery of education and training related to pain management and palliative care for patients and/or caregivers as well as health care professionals and health care professionals in training. Graduates are also skilled in both clinical practice research and in outcomes analyses.

Program Goals:

Upon completion of this residency, the graduate will be able to:

  • Practice in a professional and ethical manner, and exhibit accountability for personal excellence in the provision of patient care in pain management and palliative care.
  • Provide patient care through direct interaction with interdisciplinary teams and maintain accountability for drug therapy outcomes in pain and palliative care patients.
  • Develop and implement systems/processes or clinical guidelines to improve medication use processes.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Perform practice-related research, in the area of pain management or palliative care.
  • Provide education to patients and other health care providers regarding optimal pharmacotherapy.

Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in numerous elective rotations.

In addition to these unique experiences, the resident is expected to participate in Pharmacotherapy Rounds, the Professional Development Seminar Series, teaching activities and Journal Club. For more information about these specific activities, please click here.

Number of Available Positions: 1

Application Process:

Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and have completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice. The resident will be required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Maryland.

Applications for this program will only be accepted through PhORCAS. Reference writers should use the standard reference template in PhORCAS.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts

The application deadline is January 1.

International students and permanent residents should contact umresfelprogram@rx.umaryland.edu before applying.

Residents who match to this program will be required to come to Baltimore in advance of the July 1 start date for campus orientation; these orientation dates are not known until mid-spring. These sessions are typically offered on select Mondays in May and June.

Program Director:

Kathryn A. Walker, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
Director, PGY-2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency Program
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Room S340
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-5820
Fax: (410) 706-4725
Email: kwalker@rx.umaryland.edu

Program Coordinator:

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Coordinator, PGY-2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency Program
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Room S405
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-3682
Fax: (410) 706-4725
Email: mmcphers@rx.umaryland.edu