Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) is a large academic medical center with 897 beds, located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The pharmacy department at NMH has a long history of training pharmacy residents since 1978. Currently, our department has 10 PGY1 residents, 4 non-traditional PGY1 residents, 6 PGY2 residents and 2 infectious diseases fellows.
The pharmacy practice model of NMH is a patient-centered, team-based, integrated approach to care. At Northwestern University, every pharmacist has both clinical and operational responsibilities. Clinical pharmacists rotate through day shifts, evening shifts and weekends to provide high level, continuous patient care. We have approximately 210 FTEs, more than 50 percent of the pharmacists are board-certified and greater than 70 percent have completed residency or fellowship training.
Our pharmacists are divided into eight clinical service teams, including:
Internal Medicine (including Anticoagulation and Psychiatry)
Solid Organ Transplant
Women's Health/Neonatal Care
We also have pharmacists specializing in drug information, nutrition support, investigational drug service and informatics.
The Northwestern Memorial Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency is ASHP-accredited, and offers 10 traditional PGY1 practice resident spots every year. NMH also offers a non-traditional PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program, to be completed over the span of two years.
Pharmacy practice residency graduates will:
Learn to be a confident practitioner with the expertise, professional judgment and values of an experienced clinician
Develop problem-solving abilities in a wide variety of practice areas
Exert a unique professional influence to obtain higher level goals in the patient's best interest
Understand the importance of evidence-based medicine
Learn how to critique and apply available literature and design and execute studies to solve relevant pharmacy-related issues
Be dedicated to personal education and to the education of others to improve the safety of medication use
Serve as a leader in developing pharmacy practice
Serve as a preceptor to both IPPE and APPE pharmacy students
The program begins with a six-week orientation (Pharmacy Practice Rotation) which aims to review departmental policies and procedures, certify residents in ACLS, and introduce key longitudinal responsibilities. Residents will also be trained to independently practice in central and satellite pharmacies. Additionally, there are six required rotations to be completed throughout the year. Each rotation experience spans over one month, with additional longitudinal clinic experiences extending throughout the residency year.
During orientation, residents coordinate preliminary rotation schedules with fellow residents and the program director. Most rotations are offered throughout the year and residents have flexibility to change their schedule anytime during the residency year. It is our goal to individualize the learning experience based on each resident's interests. Certain advanced experiences have prerequisites, for example, residents must complete infectious diseases rotation prior to participating in advanced ID rotations. Off-site rotations will be considered on an individual basis and need approval by the RPD.
Clinical staffing is an integral part of the development of a clinical pharmacist. Residents will staff on average one evening shift (4pm-10pm) every six weekdays, and every third weekend (8 hour shifts Saturday and Sunday) throughout the residency year. Evening staffing will occur at the central pharmacy and ICU satellite pharmacy. Weekend staffing will occur at the central pharmacy and IV compounding clean room. All residents will rotate through different areas, day shift and evening shift to ensure a well-rounded experience.
Residents are not required to be on rotation until 8AM the day following evening shift staffing to ensure adequate rest hours per ASHP standards.
Residents are required to work one major winter holiday during the residency year (Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s).
How to apply
Eligible applicants include:
Be a graduate of a Doctor of Pharmacy program from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy
Legal working status in United States to cover the entire period of residency training (We are unable to sponsor visas for residents)
Eligibility for pharmacist licensure in the state of Illinois (Residents matched to our program shall obtain Illinois Pharmacist Licensure prior to September 1st)
Hold an Illinois pharmacy technician license if not registered as a pharmacist in the state of Illinois prior to residency program start date
About Northwestern Memorial
*NMS Code 156013 - traditional; NMS Code 156021 - 24-month non-traditional. Our integrated patient-centered model promotes clinical opportunities for all of our pharmacists. Pharmacy Practice, Infectious Diseases, Drug Information, Administration/Leadership, Medicine I and II, and MICU are all required rotations. Elective rotations include various opportunities in critical care (Surgical ICU, Cardio-Thoracic ICU, Neuro-Spine ICU, Neonatal ICU), Emergency Medicine, Hematology/Oncology services, Solid Organ Transplant, Psychiatry, HIV, and Cardiology. Each year approximately 375 students representing 7 schools of pharmacy complete rotations at Northwestern. Additionally, experiential education, research projects, transitions of care, professional socialization and leadership development are other important aspects of the program.