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 2015-2016, there will be 14 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 rotations.
The program includes required and elective rotations all in six week blocks.
- Advanced Critical Care
- Infectious Diseases
- Geriatrics & Family Practice
- Informatics/Clinical Information Systems
- Medication Safety
- Palliative Care
- 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
- Thrombosis and Anticoagulation
- Population Health Management
- Community Wellness Center
Drug Policy (1 year)
Major Project (1 year)
Medication Safety (6 months)
- Pharmacy Administration (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.