The Abbott Northwestern Pharmacy Residency Program provides residents with skill development in basic and specialized patient-centered care, service excellence, practice management and leadership. Pharmacy practice is decentralized, supported by an Epic electronic health record and a medication distribution
system of automated dispensing cabinets through which over 90 percent of medication doses are supplied.
Residents interact with dozens of pharmacists with skills in a variety of clinical pharmacy specialties, management and leadership. Residents gain valuable experience by participating in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, medication use assessments, preparing and presenting educational programs,
staffing and completing a major research project. Residents are involved in student instruction through teaching assistant assignments at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy as well as precepting of APPE/IPPE students in the hospital.
Abbott Northwestern is ranked first place for the Best Hospital in the Twin Cities and second in Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings, being ranked in the top 50 in 6 medical specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics. In 2014, the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded continued Magnet Recognition Program® status to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, making it one of less than five percent of all U.S. hospitals that have been designated MagnetTM facilities. The hospital is home to
the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. The hospital maintains an academic affiliation with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.