Pharmacy Residency Program FAQ | Loyola Medicine

Pharmacy Residency Program FAQ

What is the start date for the pharmacy residency program?
This year’s PGY-1 pharmacy residency program begins June 22, 2020. The PGY-2 critical care residency will begin July 1, 2020.

What is the application process for the pharmacy residency program?
Qualified candidates must have, or will have, completed a PharmD at an accredited College of Pharmacy or equivalent degree. All residents must be licensed by the Illinois Board of Pharmacy by August 1 and must have taken the NAPLEX and MPJE by July 15.

Additionally, the PGY-2 critical care resident must have completed or be in enrolled an ASHP-accredited or ASHP pre-candidate PGY-1 pharmacy residency program.

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline for the 2020-21 program is December 31, 2019.
  • Onsite interviews will begin shortly after the application deadline.

Required Application Materials (to be completed in PhORCAS):

  • Completed PhORCAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts for pharmacy education
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Answers to supplemental questions posted on the ASHP Residency Directory (PGY-1 residency applicants only)

For further information, please contact:

LUMC Pharmacy Residency
Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
Pharmacyresidency@lumc.edu
Phone: 708-216-3875

When is the application due?
Application materials must be submitted by December 31, 2019. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be received after that date, but application materials will not be evaluated for interviews until at least two of the three letters have arrived. 

Do residents need an Illinois license?
Yes. Residents must obtain Illinois licensure by August 1 and are expected to take the NAPLEX and the MPJE by July 15. If the resident is unable to do so, he or she is responsible for discussing the circumstances with the residency director at which time an extension may or may not be granted. More information on Illinois licensure can be found at the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

How many candidates will be interviewed?
We anticipate interviewing about 48 candidates for nine PGY-1 pharmacy residency positions. We anticipate interviewing 8-10 candidates for one PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residency position.

What does the interview process entail?
The interview day is based on a half-day schedule that includes interviews with the residency director, recruitment coordinator, and three to four residency preceptors, as well as a tour of the medical center.

How is the individual resident’s progress tracked?
After the first month of the program, each resident will choose a resident advisor who will serve as a mentor to the resident throughout the year. The resident advisor will report to the Residency Advisory Committee on the resident’s progress throughout the year. Residents will be evaluated after each rotation and evaluated by the residency director on a quarterly basis.

What are the required rotations?

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

There are a total of five required four-week rotations:

  • Adult Acute Care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Adult Critical Care (choice of Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit or Neurocritical Care Unit, or Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit)
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Pharmacy operations (longitudinal)
  • Research (occurs in December)

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

There are a total of eight required four-week rotations*:

  • Burn ICU
  • Cardiovascular surgery ICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Surgical/trauma ICU
  • Research (December)

* Resident must repeat one core rotation.

What are the options for elective rotations?

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

Residents will have six elective rotations:

  • Critical care (choice of medical ICU, burn unit, trauma, cardiovascular surgical ICU, or neurosurgical ICU)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Transplant (choice of abdominal, lung or heart transplant) 
  • Additional pediatrics experience (neonatal ICU or pediatrics ICU)
  • General surgery
  • Oncology

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Resident will have four elective rotations:

  • Any required rotation
  • Transplant (choice of abdominal, lung or heart transplant)
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Toxicology

How long are the rotations?
Most rotations are four weeks long, with the exception of the longitudinal pharmacy operations, pharmacy improvement and research rotations.

What is the pharmacy operations rotation?
This is a longitudinal staffing experience during which the resident will gain experience in the day-to-day operations of the central pharmacy. Residents will be responsible for staffing in central pharmacy every third weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the weekend staffing requirement, residents will rotate through an ED on call shift Monday through Friday evenings, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  

How many residents will be recruited?
Nine PGY-1 residents, one PGY-2 critical care resident and one PGY-2 transplant resident.

How many presentations or projects are required?
PGY-1 Pharmacy resident requirements include the following:

  • Prepare and deliver one original 45- to 50- minute ACPE-accredited CE seminar during the winter on a topic of your choosing, provided it is approved by the residency director. 
  • Choose a seminar preceptor who will assist the resident in developing the presentation. Seminars will be evaluated by pharmacists in attendance, and progress will be monitored by the Residency Advisory Committee.
  • Complete one original research project including a manuscript suitable for publication before the conclusion of the residency year.
  • Present the results of your research project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference which occurs in April each year.
  • Complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) and present the results as a poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.
  • Present a formal case presentation on a topic of your choosing in the spring.

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy resident requirements include the following:

  • Prepare and deliver one original 45- to 50- minute ACPE-accredited CE seminar during the winter on a topic of your choosing, provided it is approved by the residency director.
    • Choose a seminar preceptor who will assist the resident in developing the presentation. Seminars will be evaluated by pharmacists in attendance, and progress will be monitored by the Residency Advisory Committee.
  • Complete one original research project including a manuscript suitable for publication before the conclusion of the residency year.
  • Present the results of your research project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference which occurs in April each year.
  • Perform chief resident responsibilities, including organizing a weekly noon report.
  • Precepting
  • Code coverage
  • Committee involvement

Additional presentations and/or projects may include services, drug utilization reviews and formulary monographs, among others.

Is there a teaching certificate available?
Yes, we offer a teaching certificate for PGY1 residents (required) and PGY2 residents who have not already completed a certificate.