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Pharmacy residency programs

Thank you for your interest in our pharmacy residency programs. Our residency programs allow flexibility and diversity designed to help our residents enhance clinical skills, develop managerial knowledge, and advance oral and written communication abilities.

Objectives

During the pharmacy residency: 

  • Resident will enhance their skills to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting in which the resident contributes and actively participates in daily patient care activities.
  • Resident will develop and implement innovative pharmacy services as well as expand and maintain existing programs.
  • Resident will learn to make appropriate recommendations in clinical problem solving and decision making by assessing patient-specific medical problems, evaluating drug therapies, and designing comprehensive medication management plans.
  • Resident will have the opportunity to educate pharmacy students through active teaching in introductory and/or advanced clinical pharmacy practice experiences and didactic education.
  • Resident will complete a residency project suitable for publication and presentation.
  • Resident will develop verbal and written communication skills by providing education to patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Resident will learn to appropriately document clinical interventions and patient education in a computerized medical record system.
  • Resident will obtain the skills to integrate data obtained from multiple sources to derive an overall conclusion or answer to a drug information inquiry.

Affiliation

Our pharmacy department is affiliated with and holds co-funded faculty positions with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy.  Residents have the opportunity to co-precept students.

How to apply

Applications for the PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Programs should be submitted through the
Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) http://www.ashp.org/phorcas.

Please include the following in your application submission:

  • Letter of intent
  • CV
  • College of Pharmacy transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation

The deadline to submit your application is the first Friday of January.

Candidates will be notified of interview status no later than February 10.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical exam, including negative drug test. 

Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment.  Residents are required to obtain a pharmacist’s license in any state within 90 days of employment.

Program Overview PGY1

General information

Duration: 12 months

Starting Date: July 1st

  • Accreditation: ASHP
  • ASHP code: 41350
  • NMS code: 154213
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Estimated salary: $52,000
  • Staffing: One weekend per month
  • Vacation days: 13
  • Sick days: 13
  • Paid federal holidays: 11
  • Health benefits: optional

Required rotations

  • Acute care
  • Administration
  • Ambulatory care
  • Critical care
  • Geriatrics
  • Inpatient pharmacy
  • Psychiatry

Electives

  • Pain management 
  • Substance use disorder clinic
  • Ambulatory care: Department of Defense
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency department
  • Infectious disease
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Transitions of care
  • Women's health

Longitudinal experience

  • Co-precept pharmacy students
  • Drug information requests
  • Inpatient hospital staffing
  • Long-term medication management of home-based primary care patients
  • Medication usage evaluation
  • Pharmacy Teaching Certificate program - Rosalind Franklin University
  • Prior authorization consult evaluation
  • Residency research project

Program overview PGY2 - Mental health

General information

Duration: 12 months

Starting date: July 1st

  • Accreditation: ASHP
  • ASHP code: 41012
  • NMS code: 636466
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Hospital size: 588 beds
  • Estimated salary: $56,000
  • Vacation days: 13
  • Sick days: 13
  • Paid federal holidays: 11
  • Health benefits: Optional

Required rotations

  • Acute inpatient psychiatry
  • Outpatient mental health/urgent care
  • Primary care mental health integration

Electives

  • Academia
  • Academic detailing
  • Additional disciplines available depending on interests
  • Advanced inpatient psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry/home based primary care
  • Neurology/traumatic brain injury
  • Pediatric and adolescent psychiatry
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Primary care mental health integration (PCMHI)
  • Psychiatry consult liaison
  • Substance use disorder clinic
  • Domiciliary programs
  • HUD-VASH
  • Pain management

Longitudinal experience

  • Clozapine clinic
  • Leadership workshop series
  • Prior authorization consult evaluation
  • Residency research project
  • Pharmacy administration

Additional information

  • First combined VA-DoD health care facility in the nation; serves Active Duty military members, military dependents and Veterans
  • Providing patient care supported by evidence-based policies and procedures
  • Located near public transportation with easy access to downtown Chicago and minutes from Lake Michigan

Other experiences

  • Coordinating IPPE/APPE students
  • Exposure to population health management
  • Involvement in development and data collection for facility-wide clinical quality improvement measures
  • Pharmacy benefits management via P&T committee and prior authorization consult evaluation
  • Projects including a newsletter, journal clubs, grand rounds presentation, case presentations and drug-information requests
  • Teaching certificate through Rosalind Franklin University (RFU), including: co-precepting pharmacy students, providing lectures, topic discussions and workshops

Program overview PGY2 - Ambulatory care residency

General information

Duration: 12-month residency

Starting date: July 1st

  • Accreditation: ASHP
  • ASHP code: 41071
  • NMS code: 746065
  • Number of positions: 1 or 2
  • Hospital size: 588 beds
  • Estimated salary: $56,000
  • Vacation days: 13
  • Sick days: 13
  • Paid federal holidays: 11
  • Health benefits: Optional

Required rotations

  • Home-based primary care (HBPC) - Longitudinal rotation
  • Patient-aligned care team (PACT) - longitudinal experience including time at various sites (community-based primary care clinics, Department of Defense Medical Home Port, PACT at the FHCC)
  • Pharmacy administration

Electives

  • Academia
  • Academic detailing
  • Informatics
  • Mental health (primary care mental health integration)
  • Oncology
  • Department of Defense (DoD) ambulatory care, Medical Home Port
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Transitions of care
  • Women's health

Other experiences

  • Coordinating IPPE/APPE students
  • Exposure to population health management
  • Involvement in development and data collection for facility-wide clinical quality improvement measures.
  • Pharmacy benefits management via P&T committee and prior authorization consult evaluation
  • Projects including a newsletter, journal clubs, grand rounds presentation, case presentations and drug-information requests
  • Teaching certificate through Rosalind Franklin University (RFU), including: co-precepting pharmacy students and providing lectures, topic discussions and workshops

Additional information

  • First combined VA-DoD health care facility in the nation; serves Active Duty military members, military dependents, and Veterans
  • Providing patient care supported by evidence-based policies and procedures
  • Located near public transportation with easy access to downtown Chicago and minutes from Lake Michigan

Contact us

Janet Lederman Pharm. D., BCPS

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director

Lovell Federal health care

Phone: 224-610-5454

Email: janet.lederman@va.gov

Roberta Dume Pharm.D., BCPP

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Director

Lovell Federal health care

Phone: 224-610-5981

Email: roberta.dume@va.gov

Aeman Choudhury Pharm. D., BCACP

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director

Lovell Federal health care

Phone: 224-610-4327

Email: aeman.choudhury@va.gov