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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Since 1995, NorthShore University HealthSystem has offered a comprehensive pharmacy residency program with both clinical and administrative exposure focusing on inpatient practice. The program consists of a multitude of experiences that reinforce residents' knowledge and clinical skills and help them advance into well-rounded practitioners. As part of the program, residents participate in multidisciplinary committees and precept pharmacy students. A teaching certificate program offered through a partnership with Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy exposes residents to teaching philosophies and techniques. Practice management skills are developed through completion of projects related to quality improvement, financial and personnel management, medication safety, drug use policy, and drug distribution.

For 2020-2021, there will be 12 PGY1 Pharmacy Resident positions available across the health system. The residents dedicate their service commitment at their home hospital site (Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, or Skokie Hospital) and travel between sites as needed for meetings and rotations.

Learning Experiences

The program includes required and elective rotations all in five-six week blocks.

Required Rotations:

  • Medicine 1 (internal or family medicine)
  • Medicine 2 (hospital medicine)
  • Critical Care
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Administration

Elective Rotations:

  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease Consult
  • Informatics/Clinical Information Systems
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatology/Pediatrics
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Women's Health

Residents manage patients as part of an interdisciplinary team. The residency year provides opportunities to learn, accomplish, and develop critical skills in a well-structured program alongside other healthcare professionals.

In addition to the rotations, residents also complete the following longitudinal learning experiences:

  • Ambulatory Care Clinic (each resident assigned to two of the following sites x 4 months)
    • Thrombosis and Anticoagulation
    • Population Health Management
    • Community Health Center
    • Pharmacist Managed Heart Failure Clinic
  • Drug Policy (1 year)
  • Major Project (1 year)
  • Medication Use Evaluation (6 months)
  • Medication Safety (6 months)
  • Teaching Experience/ Certificate Program (1 year)
  • Service Commitment (1 year)

Clinical Presentations and Projects

Residents are encouraged to attend presentations, conferences, and lectures presented by the hospital medical staff. Residents are required to:

  • Complete a major project
  • Write newsletter articles
  • Participate in patient care rounds
  • Attend contemporary topic seminars
  • Lead journal club discussions 
  • Present case presentations
  • Assist in precepting pharmacy students
  • Conduct a medication utilization evaluation study
  • Participate on committees 
  • Provide drug information
  • Lead practice management discussions
  • Engage in a community benefit activity
  • Complete teaching certificate program

The resident research project will be presented at the regional Residency Conference, held each spring.