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PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency

The NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program prepares residents to practice as clinical pharmacists in the community/outpatient pharmacy and diverse ambulatory care settings. The residency program will provide the resident skills to confidently collaborate with other healthcare providers while providing patient care in internal medicine and various specialty clinics; develop viable pharmacy services; effectively manage a community/outpatient pharmacy and ambulatory clinic; lead corporate and departmental committees; advance community pharmacy practice, conduct public health screenings, and educate the public, pharmacy students, and other health care providers. Each resident will have an individualized experience based on interests and will develop clinical, administrative, and teaching skills.

Outpatient Pharmacy Department and Ambulatory Care Services

NorthShore University HealthSystem Outpatient Pharmacy Department is comprised of three hospital outpatient pharmacies located in Evanston, Glenbrook, and Skokie Hospitals. In addition, the outpatient pharmacy department has oncology specialty pharmacies at Evanston, Glenbrook, and Highland Park Hospitals. NorthShore operates 3 pharmacist-managed Anticoagulation clinics at Skokie, Glenbrook, and Highland Park Hospitals. In addition, ambulatory pharmacists manage patients in a heart failure clinic at Skokie Hospital. Ambulatory pharmacists collaborate with health care teams in the NorthShore Comprehensive Care Center, general medicine clinic, Hepatitis C clinic, and Kellogg Cancer Center. Collaboration with interdisciplinary teams at the health system is emphasized in order to improve patient outcomes.

Residency Program

The NorthShore Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program was established in 2007 to develop and implement advanced patient care services in the pharmacies. The NorthShore Community Pharmacy Residency Program was granted full ASHP accreditation in 2009. The program recruits for three residency positions.

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency

Program Highlights

The resident will gain experience in:

  • Developing and implementing new disease-state management programs
  • Determining the value of and securing compensation for patient-care services
  • Conducting health and wellness outreach programs in various community settings.
  • Educating healthcare professionals and students
  • Managing and leading a profitable and clinically effective pharmacy
  • Developing and marketing new innovative pharmacy services
  • Practical pharmacy management
  • Presenting residency projects at regional and national professional conferences
  • Establishing collaborative working relationships with community healthcare providers
  • Developing professional and leadership skills necessary for advancing pharmacy practice

Resident activities

  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Health fairs and community health seminars
  • Disease state management programs
  • Health and wellness screenings
  • Journal club discussions
  • Medication safety management
  • Anticoagulation, Comprehensive Care, Oncology, General Medicine, Hepatitis, and Heart Failure Clinics
  • Provision of drug information to physicians, nurses, medical residents
  • Precepting/mentoring pharmacy students
  • Completion of a research project
  • Completion of a year-long major project
  • Committee meetings and department head meetings
  • Practice management projects and discussions
  • APhA or ASHP Meeting and Exhibition
  • Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference

Community Pharmacy Residency Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Population management
  • Patient-Centered Dispensing
  • Major Project
  • Research Project
  • Community Wellness
  • Medication Safety
  • Oncology (Ambulatory and Outpatient Specialty Pharmacy)
  • General Medicine Clinic
  • Hepatitis C Clinic
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Academia*
  • Teaching Certificate Program

*Indicates elective learning experiences

The residency will develop a resident’s ability to implement and provide advanced patient care services in a community pharmacy setting. In addition, the residency will focus on the development of pharmacy management skills as well as professional and leadership skills necessary for advancing pharmacy practice.

Hospital and Pharmacy Locations

Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201 

Glenbrook Hospital
2100 Pfingsten Road
Glenview, IL 60025

Highland Park Hospital
777 Park Ave. West
Highland Park, IL 60035

Skokie Hospital
9600 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60076