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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

PGY1 General Pharmacy Practice Residency


The PGY1 Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is both flexible and focused. Residents develop skills in the provision of patient-centered care, service excellence, practice management and leadership. The pharmacy practice model combines decentralized pharmacist practice with responsibility for a drug distribution system that leverages Pyxis MedStation drug distribution and a state-of–the-art sterile compounding facility.

Residents interact with numerous pharmacist practitioners specialized in clinical pharmacy, informatics, logistics and leadership. Residents gain valuable experience by preparing and presenting educational programs, participating in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, staffing, teaching students and completing a major research project.

Upon the completion of the residency, each pharmacist will demonstrate a general pharmacist practitioner leadership and skills base. Moreover, each resident will have experienced a variety of specialty practices that will set the stage for career planning or further training. Residents will develop their own preceptor skills through their presentation experiences and student teaching. Finally, each resident will be exposed to the why and how of pharmacy practice program development and practice changes.

Core outcomes

  • Patient-centered care
  • Leadership and management
  • Medication use process understanding
  • Project management
  • Education/training
  • Medical informatics


Each resident is required to complete one major project related to a specific aspect of pharmacy practice. This project will be presented at the Midwest Residency Conference. Additionally, residents will prepare a medication utilization evaluation (MUE) for poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and at the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.


Each resident staffs a decentral practice area or central pharmacy every other weekend from approximately mid-August through the end of residency year, with exception of the weekend preceding ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting. Each resident will work three of six observed holidays. The Abbott Northwestern Hospital residency observes ACGME guidelines for residents hours.


Approximately $42,000


  • Personal office space, PC, telephone and pager
  • Free parking
  • Single health, dental and life insurance
  • Approximately 22 days of paid time off
  • Financial support for national, state and local pharmacy meetings ( ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, MSHP Annual Meeting, Midwest Residency Conference)
  • Access to on-line resources


Application process

Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS* system by January 15, 2013.

12/6/12 IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT APPLICATIONS: Some applicants have indicated a problem with applying to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital PGY1 residency through the PhORCAS system. Your application is very important to us. Please contact PhORCAS customer support if you are having difficulty with that system. Manual applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Abbott Northwestern Residency Program Director for instructions.

  • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (Match number 110113)**
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college transcript
  • Letter of intent

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  • On-site interviews to invited applicants in January and February
  • Interview includes meetings with the program director, department leadership and preceptors and requires a 20-minute presentation

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