Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about our program.

Yes, all prospective candidates may only apply to the NMH PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program by registering for the ASHP Match Program and submitting application materials to PhORCAS. No supplemental materials are required.

Our service component of the residency provides valuable experience for residents to gain independence and to practice clinical skills outside of rotation. PGY1 residents will work every 6th weekday evening (rotating schedule), every third weekend, and one major winter holiday. PGY1 residents are not required to staff minor holiday weekends. PGY2 residents will work one major winter holiday and one summer holiday.

Graduates from NMH residency programs have been very successful. Many of our past residents have pursued PGY2 or fellowship training in areas such as administration, hematology/oncology, cardiology, solid organ transplant, critical care, ambulatory care, emergency medicine, drug information, informatics, medication safety and infectious diseases. Approximately 80 percent of our current pharmacist preceptors and departmental leaders completed residency or fellowship training. Nearly half of these did so at NMH. Approximately 50 percent of our preceptors are board certified in various areas.

Many residents choose to live close to the hospital and walk or take public transportation to work. Many high-rise apartment buildings are available around the area. Chicago has a very convenient public transportation system, and most residents do not bring their cars to Chicago. Downtown Chicago is very safe and walkable, with most necessities within walking distance. After you match with us, you will receive an email with a housing guide from current residents.

No. Each year we match with students from all over the country, from west coast to east coast. Each of our residents have different interests and backgrounds and we consider all residency applicants regardless of geography.

Residents are required to take and pass the NAPLEX and the Illinois MPJE. After you match with us, you will receive instructions on how to obtain licensure from us. Residents are encouraged to obtain licensure as soon as possible.

Yes. Our pharmacy department has a strong, collaborative relationship with other health care professionals. Pharmacists actively participate in interdisciplinary rounds, and are involved in all P&T decision making processes. Pharmacists oversee therapeutic drug monitoring, including antibiotic dosing and anticoagulation. Residents will be benefit from the exemplary learning environment at NMH.

Because of our unique integrated practice model, residents graduating from our program are competent in both clinical and operational aspects of pharmacy practice. Residents have the opportunity to interact with multiple preceptors during one rotation, and learn from different teaching styles. Being in a large residency class, residents establish a broad network early in their career and meet new people from different backgrounds. Many NMH pharmacists serve on committees of local and national pharmacy organizations, also presenting networking opportunities. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in professional pharmacy organization committees longitudinally.

Unfortunately, we currently do not arrange any events for prospective candidates to do on-site visits. We also do not offer a pre-interview shadowing experience. Follow us on our Instagram account for upcoming informational sessions and other program highlights: @nmhpharmacyresidency

Our PGY1 program does not participate in PPS. If you are interested in learning more about us, feel free to attend one of our informational sessions (shared on our Instagram account @nmhpharmacyresidency) and at the ASHP Midyear residency showcase.

Each year, we are extremely encouraged by the number of highly qualified applicants. It is always a tremendous challenge to identify the number of candidates for onsite interview. We review all applications submitted prior to deadline, and carefully evaluate each application. Based on the evaluation, some candidates will be invited to complete a pre-recorded video interview. After the pre-recorded video interview phase is completed, selected applicants will be invited for a live virtual interview during February. We try our best to coordinate interview days based on candidates' availability. During the interview, candidates will meet with residency program director, coordinator, preceptors, other departmental leaders, and current residents. There will be plenty of opportunities for candidates to ask us questions on interview day.

No, we do not require an additional letter. We only require the standard PhORCAS reference form. If your reference writers include a narrative letter within the PhORCAS reference form, we will read it. Please do not mail or email us a separate reference letter.

Yes, they do. Currently, the PGY2 programs that participate in early commit include ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, solid organ transplant, and oncology. NMH PGY1 residents who are interested in those PGY2 programs can declare interest prior to Midyear in accordance with the early commitment policy.

There were minor changes made to some of the learning experiences at the beginning of the pandemic. This included some remote work, with heavy reliance on use of virtual software to communicate with preceptors, patients, and providers. However, this was minimal and most learning and service experiences took place per usual with extra social distancing and PPE precautions. Residents were never removed from learning experiences to help maintain pharmacy operations.

We are requiring a short personal statement starting with the 2023 application cycle. Please answer the following in 500 words or less and upload in the Supplemental Information section in PhORCAS:

Please describe a personal hardship or life event that you have experienced. How did you manage to overcome this obstacle? What did you learn and how did you grow from it?