The Department of Pharmacy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers a PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy residency program. The PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program is a one-year training program focusing on the delivery of optimal pharmacotherapy to cardiology patients in a variety of settings, ranging from the intensive care unit to the ambulatory care setting. Required rotations include general cardiology, advanced heart failure, cardiac care unit, electrophysiology consult, cardiothoracic intensive care unit, cardiothoracic surgery step-down, medication safety and policy/administration, heart failure discharge clinic, and ventricular assist device clinic. Elective rotations include benign hematology, transplant infectious diseases, and adult congenital heart disease. This program provides a broad experience and exposure to numerous cardiovascular disease states so our residents can develop into well-rounded practitioners following graduation.
PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant
Director: Katherine Cunningham, PharmD, BCPS
The Department of Pharmacy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers an ASHP accredited PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant (SOT) Pharmacy residency program. PGY2 SOT Pharmacy residents will participate in a 12 month residency focused on the delivery of optimal pharmacotherapy to the solid organ transplant patient population. Required rotations include transplant surgery, transplant nephrology, transplant hepatology, cardiothoracic ICU, heart failure/VAD/heart transplant, lung transplant, and transplant infectious diseases. Elective rotations include advanced transplant surgery, advanced heart failure/VAD/heart transplant, bone marrow transplant, pediatric transplant, and abdominal transplant clinic. The goal of these experiences is to provide our residents with a comprehensive overview of the management of solid organ transplant patients.
Eligible applicants include:
Graduate of a Doctor of Pharmacy program from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy
Completion of a PGY1 pharmacy residency program
Eligible for Illinois licensure
Participation in an onsite interview
About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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, 12 PGY2 residents and 3 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 250 FTEs, more than 60 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.
Team based precepting: NMH operates as a team-based integrated pharmacy practice model. Each rotation has a designated primary preceptor who coordinates the rotation experience. Residents usually spend time with multiple pharmacists on the same clinical team throughout the month. Residents have the opportunity to experience different precepting styles and learn from more than one preceptor.
Layered learning model: NMH has developed a layered learning model, mimicking the medical model of active learning. Learning at NMH is handled in a layered fashion, from attending level clinical pharmacist preceptor to resident to student. During many rotations, residents are expected to teach and mentor pharmacy students. PGY2 residents will also serve as the secondary preceptor for PGY1 residents.