The Department of Pharmacy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers a PGY-2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) residency program. The PGY-2 HSPAL program is a twelve-month training program that encompasses both rotational and longitudinal experiences in management and administration. In addition, the program offers longitudinal ambulatory clinic and clinical staffing experiences. This program includes participation in the ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Leadership Academy as well as involvement in regional and national pharmacy conferences and organizations. This program provides the opportunity to learn from multiple departmental leaders at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Required rotations include Pharmacy Practice, Automation and Informatics, Operations Management, Clinical Management, Departmental Leadership, Finance and Resource Management, Health System Leadership, Recruitment and Human Resources, Specialty Pharmacy, and Medication Safety and Drug Policy.
Graduate of a Doctor of Pharmacy program from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy
Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program
Eligible for Illinois licensure
Participation in an 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.