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.

There are 17 PGY1 Pharmacy Resident positions available across the health system. The residents dedicate the majority of time at their home hospital site (Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, or Skokie Hospital) and travel between sites as needed for meetings and elective rotations.

Learning Experiences

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

Required Rotations:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Critical Care
  • General Medicine
  • Administration

Elective Rotations:

  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Geriatrics & Family Practice
  • Informatics/Clinical Information Systems
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatology/Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Palliative Care
  • Surgery
  • 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 one of the following sites x 6 months)
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Thrombosis and Anticoagulation
  • Drug Policy (1 year)
  • Major Project (1 year)
  • 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
  • Complete teaching certificate program

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

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