Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services (Internal Medicine)

Vancouver General Hospital
899 W 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9

St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC

Rumi McGloin, B.Sc. (Pharm), ACPR, Pharm.D.
Director, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services
Phone: 604-655-4494

Advanced (Year) Residency Coordinator:
Michael Legal, B,Sc. (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP
Clinical Manager/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine
Phone: 604-806-8147

Site Contacts:
Nilu Partovi, B.Sc. (Pharm.), ACPR, Pharm.D., FCSHP
Clinical Coordinator, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health

Stephen Shalansky, B.Sc. (Pharm.), ACPR, Pharm.D., FCSHP
Clinical Coordinator, Providence Health Care


Type: Internal Medicine
Focus: Acute Care/Ambulatory Care
Established in: 2018
Positions Available: 2 (1 based at Vancouver General Hospital, 1 based at St. Paul's Hospital)
App. Deadline: February 19, 2021
Starting date: September 2021
Stipend/Benefits: $30,000 
Benefits: Yes
Vacation: 10 paid days
Education/conference leave: 

Eligibility Requirements
Candidates must be eligible for licensure with the BC College of Pharmacy and have completed an accredited year 1 pharmacy practice residency program (ACPR) and/or an accredited Clinical Masters (in Pharmacy) degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Additional clinical experience is preferred.

Interested Applicants should submit the following via email to avena.guppy@vch.ca: by March 9th, 2020:
Curriculum vitae
Letter of intent (maximum 500 words)

  • Copy of residency certificate or verification of successful completion supplied by the program (signed letter or email from the program coordinator)
  • 3 letters from professional references
  • Application fee: $120 payable as a cheque, money order, or bank draft payable to “Provincial Health Services Authority”.  Mail cheque and completed application to: Attention Avena Guppy – LMPS Pharmacy, 2733 Heather Street, Heather Pavilion, Level D, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Mike Legal
Phone: 604-806-8147

Program Overview

The Internal Medicine Advanced (Year 2) Residency is a 52-week specialty training program designed to develop and refine the resident’s skills as an advanced practitioner, educator and leader in pharmacy practice. The program builds upon the competencies established through completion of an accredited year one pharmacy residency and/or a post-graduate clinical pharmacy degree, and complies with the accreditation standards of the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board.

The residency is offered through Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services and will be based primarily at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.  There will also be opportunities to take advantage of elective specialty rotations at our multiple sites across the Lower Mainland.

Vancouver General Hospital

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is British Columbia's largest tertiary care hospital with over 900 acute care beds, providing specialized health care services to inpatient and ambulatory care patients from across the province.   VGH is also a teaching hospital that is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is the site of one of the largest research institutes in Canada. 

St. Paul’s Hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital is a 435 bed acute care, teaching and research hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia and located in downtown Vancouver. It is home to world-class medical and surgical programs, including critical care, geriatrics, emergency medicine, mental health, nephrology, and surgical specialties.  The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDs is based at St. Paul’s Hospital, as are heart and kidney transplantation services. 

Pharmacy Departments and Clinical Services

The VGH Pharmaceutical Sciences Department employs approximately 150 full-time equivalent employees.  Clinical Pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists work collaboratively with their medical/surgical teams to provide care to service areas such as Antimicrobial Stewardship, Burns and Plastics, Critical Care, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Cardiac/General/Orthopedic/Spinal/ Urological/Vascular surgery, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Leukemia/Stem Cell Transplantation, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Solid Organ Transplantation.

The Providence Health Care Pharmacy Department, which services St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) and Mount St. Joseph Hospital, employs approximately 120 full-time equivalent employees.  Clinical pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists work collaboratively with their medical/surgical teams to provide care to service areas such as Antimicrobial Stewardship, Cardiology, Critical Care, Cystic Fibrosis, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Mental Health/Addictions, Solid Organ Transplantation, Urban Health/HIV, and Ambulatory Care.

The hospital pharmacy residency program at VGH and Providence Health is well-established with over 45 years of experience.  Our pharmacy staff have clinical faculty affiliations with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC and are actively involved in the training of UBC Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy students as lecturers, research supervisors, and preceptors.  In addition, our staff have been involved with numerous award-winning research projects and are frequent presenters at local, national, and international conferences. 

Candidates for the Internal Medicine Advanced (Year 2) Residency program must be highly motivated learners and committed to clinical leadership, leading the profession as advanced practitioners within the health care system.


Required Rotations:

Elective Rotations*:

Advanced Internal Medicine

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Ambulatory Care

Emergency Medicine


Geriatrics (Acute Care/Clinic)

Infectious Diseases


Critical Care


Preceptorship in Medicine

Mental Health & Addictions

Research Project





Opioid Stewardship




Respirology/Cystic Fibrosis Clinic


Transplantation (Solid Organ/Leukemia/Stem Cell)

*These are examples of potential elective rotations available.  Additional electives are available based on the resident’s interest.

Other Residency Activities

Clinical and didactic teaching opportunities involving pharmacy (e.g. E2P PharmD students, Year 1 residents) and non-pharmacy learners (e.g. medical students and residents)

Guided learning in statistics, critical appraisal, and study design

Guided learning in physical assessment

Longitudinal experiences in improving medication use systems

Longitudinal leadership and business case development experiences

Professional committee involvement

Professional conference attendance


Type: Teaching and Research Hospital
Number of beds: 435 at St. Paul's Hospital and 900 acute care at Vancouver General Hospital
Sites: Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital


Ravi Parmar