Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

The PGY1 residency program was accredited by the ASHP in 2012.

Completed applications with all components must be received on or before December 31.

Should official transcripts or letters of recommendation be received after the deadline, applications will not be evaluated for potential interviews until pharmacy education transcripts and two of three letters of recommendation are received.

The anticipated program start is during the last two weeks in June, corresponding with the organization’s orientation schedule.

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program is, at minimum, 52 weeks.

Yes, all pharmacy residents must obtain Illinois pharmacist licensure by July 31. Should licensure be unable to be obtained by July 31, the resident must discuss the circumstances with the residency program director. An extension of the licensure requirement may or may not be granted. Alternative testing sites may need to be considered to help meet the deadline requirements.

Interviews will take place in January and February.

We anticipate interviewing 12 to 16 candidates for two positions.

You will meet with the residency program director, director of Pharmacy, operational supervisors, pharmacists, preceptors and the current PGY1 residents. You may be asked to provide a brief oral presentation and/or discuss a clinical vignette. A tour of the Pharmacy Department and hospital will be provided.

Required or core learning experiences include standard and longitudinal experiences. The duration of standard rotations range from 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Orientation
  • General Medicine/Surgery
  • Cardiology/Telemetry
  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Pharmacy Administration (longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy Precepting
  • Project (longitudinal)
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate (longitudinal)
  • Community Outreach (longitudinal)

Elective rotations may include direct patient experiences such as oncology supportive care, surgery/operating room and informatics.

  • Selection, preparation and delivery of one 40- to 50-minute resident seminar
  • Identification and completion of a formal research project with the results presented at a pharmacy resident conference
  • Selection and completion of a formal medication use evaluation with the results presented as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Conference
  • Presentation of a formal journal club
  • Delivery of a formal case presentation
  • Preparation of a drug monograph and a newsletter article contribution, and creation or revision of a policy/protocol/guideline
  • Submission of a manuscript/article to an accredited journal

Pharmacy residents are expected to work at least two weekend shifts in a two-week pay period and up to three of the six holidays recognized by Northwestern Medicine, scheduled per department need. Additionally, weekday staffing (such as 3:30 to 7 pm) up to three days a pay period may be required.

Pharmacists may participate in codes.

Pharmacy residents do not participate in an on-call program.

Pharmacy residents participate in a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.

Palos Hospital is a non-teaching community hospital staffed primarily by private practice and hospital-based physicians.

Palos Hospital Pharmacy serves as a rotation site for introductory and advanced practice hospital and medicine clerkships. The PGY1 resident may serve as a primary preceptor during the second half of the residency year.

After the orientation period, each pharmacy resident will choose a pharmacy resident advisor. The advisor serves as a resource and mentor for the resident for any issues or concerns that may arise during the year. The pharmacy resident will be evaluated by the primary preceptor(s) upon completion of each learning experience and quarterly for longitudinal learning experiences. The resident will also be evaluated quarterly by the residency program director. On-demand evaluations or feedback can occur at any time.

Pharmacy residents may be placed on academic probation should gross clinical or educational deficiencies be identified, or on a corrective action/work improvement plan if a pattern of misconduct or gross performance deficiencies is identified. An academic or work improvement plan will be created to address the noted deficiencies.

Pharmacy residents will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a pharmacy resident conference. Additionally, pharmacy residents are expected to showcase the residency program on the local level.

Pharmacy residents will be reimbursed, at a minimum, for meeting registration fees to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a pharmacy resident conference. Additional funding for travel and lodging may be available.