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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases; ASHP-accredited

Program director contact info

Jessica Holt, PharmD, BCPS-ID
Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Coordinator
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Pharmacy Department
800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 11321
Minneapolis, MN 55407-3799
Phone: 612-863-5072
Fax: 612-863-7134


Pharmacists completing this specialized residency in infectious diseases will be able to function both as independent practitioners and as members of interdisciplinary teams in providing patient care for populations with multiple infectious disease states.

They will be competent educators, delivering clinical and didactic education to other healthcare professionals on infectious diseases related topics. They will have acquired and demonstrated an understanding of the principles of clinical research. They will be proficient in the medication use process, formulary management, drug policy development and outcomes assessment. They will display the characteristics of a professional in all areas, including organization, communication and self-motivation.


The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is both flexible and focused. The resident will develop skills to advance as both an independent practitioner as well as a member of interdisciplinary teams in providing patient care, with a focus on infectious diseases.

The resident will work closely with the clinical infectious diseases pharmacist/program director, infectious diseases and infection control practitioners, and numerous pharmacists specialized in clinical pharmacy, informatics, logistics and leadership. The resident will gain valuable experiences by preparing and presenting educational programs, participating in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, staffing, teaching students and completing a research project.


  • Promote health improvement, wellness, and the prevention of infectious diseases.
  • Optimize the outcomes of individuals with an infectious disease by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team or as an independent clinician.
  • Manage and improve anti-infective-use processes.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training centering on optimizing anti-infective pharmacotherapy.
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with an infectious disease.
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Conduct infectious diseases pharmacy practice research.

Learning experiences

Core experiences

  • Pharmacist-Driven Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (2011 ASHP Best Practice Award recipient)
  • Adult inpatient infectious diseases
  • Microbiology laboratory
  • Infection control

Elective experiences

  • Adult critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • HIV Clinic (Hennepin County Medical Center)
  • Infectious diseases academia (John Rotschafer, PharmD, FCCP - University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy)
  • Infectious diseases specialist (ASP, precepting and clinical management)
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric critical care (Children's - Minneapolis)
  • Solid organ transplant (heart and kidney)

Longitudinal experiences

  • Pharmacist-Driven Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Employee Influenza Vaccination Program
  • Research project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • System formulary class review/new drug monograph
  • Pharmacist continuing education presentation
  • Teaching/precepting at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy (Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy course - John Rotschafer, PharmD, FCCP)
  • Active participation in committees related to infectious diseases/antibiotic management
  • Recording secretary for the Allina Health Infectious Diseases Physician/Pharmacy Task Force

Educational opportunities

  • Infectious Diseases City-Wide Conference (weekly)
  • Co-precept pharmacy students and PGY1 residents on infectious diseases rotations
  • In-service presentations to healthcare professionals (e.g., pharmacy, nursing, physicians)
  • Didactic teaching at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Graduate School of Health and Human Resources, Infectious Diseases Pharmacology course
  • Didactic teaching at University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
  • Attendance at approved national, state and local meetings (e.g., IDSA/ICAAC Annual Meeting, MSHP Annual Meeting)

Additional rotations may be available based on the resident's interests and career goals


The resident will staff in the emergency department every third weekend after introductory training is completed through the end of the residency year. Each resident will work two of six observed holidays.

Number of positions and stipend

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident Position for 2015-2016 has been already filled.


  • Personal office space, PC, telephone and pager
  • Single health, dental and life insurance
  • Approximately 22 days of paid time off
  • Financial support for selected national, state and local pharmacy meetings
  • Access to on-line resources

Application process


  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Licensure as a Minnesota pharmacist no later than July 1st (unless alternative date is arranged with the program director)

Application materials

Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system by January 9, 2015.

  • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 629455)
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript


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

Previous residents

Emily Herstine, PharmD, BCPS (2013-2014): Pharmacist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD (2012-2013): Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Coordinator; Wheaton Franciscan, St. Joseph Campus, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ann (Foede) Wigton, PharmD, BCPS (2011-2012): Critical Care Pharmacist, Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minnesota

Krista (Berge) Gens, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID (2009-2010): Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, Minnesota