Through completion of a diversity of learning experiences, pharmacy residents receiving training and develop proficiency in a spectrum of clinical and operational service necessary to promote safe and effective medication use and management. The resident’s learning schedule includes five required (core) rotations that all residents complete over the course of the program. Additionally, residents also complete three required longitudinal experiences throughout the program year. 

Learning ExperienceDuration (weeks)
Core (Required) Experiences
Cardiology 4
Critical Care 4
General Medicine 4
Family Medicine Residency Clinic 8
Hospital Pharmacy Service Longitudinal
Infectious Disease-Antimicrobial Stewardship 4
Orientation 3-4
Pediatrics/NICU 4
Practice Management Longitudinal
Project Longitudinal
Elective Experiences
Anticoagulation Management 1-2
Emergency Department 4
Informatics 2-4
Nephrology 4
Oncology 2-4
Palliative Care 2-4
Psychiatry 4
Surgery 4

Any core learning experience may be repeated or extended as an elective. The list of elective rotations is not inclusive. Residents should discuss non-listed opportunities with the Residency Program Director.

Scheduling of learning experiences are mutually planned and agreed upon by the Residency Program Director and resident as established at the initial learning plan review and, at minimum, each subsequent quarterly learning plan review.

Pharmacy Practice Management (PPM)

Over the course of the longitudinal PPM experience, the resident will fulfill obligations and complete assignments that help gain a deeper understanding of medication use processes within a health system. These components include year-long tenure on the Therapeutic Review subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, concentrated two-month rotations through Medication Safety and Operations- Change Management, and participation in monthly discussion forums about personal and professional leadership.


An investigation of some particular element of pharmacy must be completed as one of the requirements for the residency. This may be in the form of original research, a problem-solving exercise, or development, enhancement or evaluation of some aspect of pharmacy operations or patient care services. Formal presentation of the project structure and results are required at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Great Lakes Regional Residency conference. Additionally, the resident is required to complete a manuscript or reach another comparable endpoint by the conclusion of the program year. 

Hospital Pharmacy Service (Staffing)

Residents have no staffing obligations during the initial three-four week orientation period.

Late July-September

During an initial four to five week "run in" period, each resident shall staff for 28 hours. These primarily consist of four hour weekday evening shifts (1700-2100, with days rotated so same resident won’t consistently staff same day of week), but also includes some weekend day and evening hours.

Remainder of year

Each resident is scheduled to staff every fifth week (Monday-Friday) on a rotating, staggered basis. Additionally, each resident will be scheduled to staff every fifth weekend (Saturday-Sunday) on a rotating basis. Staffing weeks and weekends are not scheduled back-to-back (e.g. residents do not staff for seven consecutive days). Staffing shifts rotate between days and evenings (no overnights) and responsibility. Residents share responsibility for code/MRT pager coverage on weekdays from 0730 to 1600.

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