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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

PGY1 General Pharmacy Practice Residency; ASHP-Accredited


Pharmacists completing this general pharmacy residency will be prepared to practice in an acute care hospital environment with a well-rounded knowledge basis in major clinical services.


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 automated dispensing cabinets 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 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.


Six outcomes of Abbott Northwestern’s PGY1 residency:

  • Promote pharmaceutical practice in a patient-centered care model
  • Demonstrate basic leadership and management skills
  • Demonstrate practical application of medication use process improvement
  • Utilize project management skills to perform medication use evaluation and research projects
  • Engage in education and training of pharmacy students and peer pharmacists
  • Develop skills to maintain and improve professional use of medical informatics


  • 629 bed quaternary/tertiary community teaching hospital with multiple nationally-recognized specialties
  • Electronic medical record with integrated computer prescriber order entry
  • Skilled preceptors and department leadership
  • Practice experiences highly focused to assure strong skill-building
  • Strong positive relationships with medical staff, nursing and senior hospital leadership
  • Automated drug distribution system

Learning Experiences

Core experiences

  • Cardiology
  • Neurosurgical/Medical-Surgical ICU
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Internal Medicine Rounding
  • Practice Management
  • Elective experiences

    • Ambulatory Care
      • Allina Health Clinics
      • Medication Management Systems
    • Cardiovascular ICU
    • Advanced Heart Failure
    • Advanced Critical Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Infectious Disease Rounding
    • Executive Pharmacy Leadership
    • Pharmacy Informatics
    • Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine Surgery
    • Oncology
    • Psychiatry
    • Renal-Medical/Surgical
    • Nephrology/Solid-Organ Transplant
    • Hospice & Palliative Care
    • Managed Care Corporate Office
    • Allina Excellian Clinical Decision Support
    • Regional Hospital Practice
    • Longitudinal experiences

      • Major project
      • Medication use evaluation

      Educational opportunities

      • Pharmacy ground rounds bi-monthly
      • Inservices to health care professionals
      • Attendance at approved national, state and local meetings
      • Residency topic discussions in a Twin Cities residency collaborative
      • Co-precepting of APPE/IPPE students
      • Teaching assistant assignment at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
      • Didactic nursing educational opportunity
      • The above descriptions are highlights and not all inclusive. Please contact the Residency Program Director for more details. Additional rotations may be available based on the resident's interests and career goals.


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

        • Decentral teams for weekend experience
          • Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine Surgery
          • Oncology – Medical/Surgical
          • Renal – Medical/Surgical
          • Cardiology


        • Stipend - approximately $42,000
        • Personal office space, computer, telephone, pager
        • Single health, dental, and life insurance
        • Approximately 22 days of paid time off
        • Financial support for approved national, state and local pharmacy meetings (ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, MSHP Annual Meeting)
        • Access to on-line resources within Allina Health as well as University of Minnesota library systems


        • Pharm.D. degree
        • Licensure as pharmacist in Minnesota no later than August 1st
        • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 110113)
        • Please direct OPT F-1 or H-1b visa questions to the residency program director

        Application Process

        Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system by January 9, 2015. (match number 110113)

        • Curriculum vitae
        • Official college of pharmacy transcript
        • Letter of intent
        • Three letters of recommendation in PhORCAS format


        • On-site interviews to invited applicants in January and February
        • Meetings with program director, department leadership, and preceptors

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