Pharmacy Residency Program

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

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 #1 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area and #2 in Minnesota for the eighth year in a row in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Abbott Northwestern is also ranked nationally in the Top 50 in cardiology and heart surgery (#42), and diabetes and endocrinology (#38) and is also rated as high performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, urology, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery,  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

In 2019, IBM Watson Health™ named Abbott Northwestern one of the top–performing hospitals in the U.S. by including the hospital on the 100 Top Hospitals® list. 

In 2019, the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded continued Magnet Recognition Program® status to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, making it one of less than 10 percent of all U.S. hospitals that have been designated Magnet™ 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.