Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Staffing is an important component of residency and provides valuable experience for residents to gain independence and to practice clinical skills outside of rotation. Residents staffs one evening on average every 6 weekdays, every third weekend, and one major winter holiday. Residents are not required to staff minor holiday weekends!

Graduates from NMH residency programs have been very successful. Many of our past residents have gone on to practice as clinical pharmacists, while many others pursued PGY2 or fellowship training in areas such as administration, oncology, critical care, and infectious diseases. Almost 40% of our current clinical pharmacists and departmental leaders completed residency or fellowship training or had student rotations at NMH. Many of our graduates become 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 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 are also in charge of pharmacokinetics monitoring, antibiotics dosing, and anticoagulation monitoring. Residents will be benefit from the exemplary learning environment at NMH.

Because of our unique integrated practice mode, 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 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 pre-interview shadowing experience.

Our PGY1 program does not participate in PPS. If you are interested in learning more about us, feel free to come talk to us during the 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 receive a phone interview. After the phone interview phase is completed, selected applicants are invited for a whole-day on-site interview during the third and fourth weeks of 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 any additional letter. We only require 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 with separate reference letter.

Yes, they do. Currently we have PGY2 programs in administration, solid organ transplant, and oncology. Midwestern University offers PGY2 in critical care and infectious diseases at our hospital. NMH PGY1 residents who are interested in those PGY2 programs can declare interest prior to midyear following the early commitment policy.