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Pharmacy Residency

The Carle Foundation Hospital Pharmacy Residency programs are ASHP accredited, 12-month postgraduate curricula that offer broad training opportunities in various clinical settings. Residents gain experience in direct patient care, teaching, research, and pharmacy operations while working closely with an experienced group of pharmacy preceptors as part of a multidisciplinary medical team to support optimal medication therapy outcomes. In addition, residents manage medication-use systems to provide safe and cost-effective pharmaceutical care to patients. The programs prepare residents to be highly qualified independent practitioners able to pursue a multitude of career paths upon completion of the PGY-1 or PGY-2 program.

How to Apply
Photo of Andrew Kesler, PharmD, BCPS

Andrew Kesler, PharmD, BCPS

PGY-1 Program Director

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

  • ASHP Program Code: 41065
  • National Matching Service Code: 243113
  • Duration: 12 month
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Application deadline: January 3
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Start Date: First week of July

The 453-bed Carle Foundation Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and offers Level III perinatal services. It's certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and includes Carle Cancer Center and Carle Heart and Vascular Institute.

The residency program starts with a month-long orientation where residents learn departmental policies and procedures are introduced to their longitudinal responsibilities. During this month, residents, along with the program director/coordinator, develop their rotation schedule to provide an individualized learning experience based on each resident’s entering interests. In addition to the orientation month, there are four core rotations along with four elective rotations. All rotations are approximately five weeks long, with additional longitudinal experiences extending through the residency year. Residents receive and provide formal evaluations at the conclusion of each learning experience and receive informal feedback throughout the rotation. Residents also meet with the RPD and RPC approximately monthly to discuss progress and provide feedback about the program. 

PGY-1 Curriculum

Core LEs

  • Orientation (four weeks)
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Therapy Management

Elective LEs

  • Ambulatory Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Home Infusion
  • Oncology
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Inpatient Pediatrics/Pediatric Intensive Care/Neonatal Intensive Care

Longitudinal LEs

  • Ambulatory Transitional Care/Heart Failure
  • Quality/Research Project
  • Pharmacy Administration/Medication Safety and Pharmacy Outcomes
  • Staffing
Committee Involvement

Residents are required to be a participating member of one department level committee and may have opportunities to be involved with other interdepartmental committees depending on availability and need. Committee involvement may include taking meeting minutes and other committee work when necessary.

Research

Residents are responsible for formulating and executing one major quality improvement or clinical research project. The chosen project topic must be approved by the longitudinal project rotation advisor, followed by the Residency Advisory Committee, prior to commencement. Results are expected to be presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

Teaching Certificate

Residents have the opportunity to obtain a teaching certificate from SIUE School of Pharmacy. Requirements for the certificate begin during orientation.

Staffing

Consistent with ASHP Guidelines, each resident is required to complete a pharmacy practice component (often referred to as “staffing”) of the residency program. The practice component is crucial to the development of professional practice skills and of pharmacy practice distribution skills. The staffing component of the program begins after residents have successfully completed their month of orientation. Residents are required to staff the Inpatient Pharmacy one weekend every other week (8-hour shifts on both Saturday and Sunday). In addition, residents are required to cover one major holiday (Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day) and one minor holiday (Memorial Day, Labor Day, or New Year’s Day).

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Elise Kim, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

PGY-2 Program Director

Email: elise.kim@carle.com

Main Office: (217) 904-7035

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

  • ASHP Program Code: 41095
  • National Matching Service Code: 626552
  • Duration: 12 month
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Application deadline: January 3
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Start Date: First week of July


Purpose Statement
The PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency to develop clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. Residents have opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge in the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, and board certifications, if available. The residency program is designed to comply with the published accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

Program Description
The Carle Foundation Hospital Critical Care Unit is a 48-bed inpatient unit serving trauma, general surgery, medical, cardiovascular and neurosurgical critical care. 
Residents have the opportunity to gain critical care training in a fast-paced environment and develop the capability to deal with the range of diseases and disorders that occur in critically ill patients. Upon completion of the program, residents are expected to demonstrate competency in the area of critical care pharmacy practice, written and oral communication, and critical care research.

This one-year residency program consists of 8-week core rotations in medical-surgical, cardiovascular and neurosurgical critical care, as well as 5-6 week elective rotations including antimicrobial stewardship, emergency medicine, neonatal and pediatric intensive critical care. In addition, residents gain experience in formulary management, research, teaching and emergency response. Residents provide staffing in the inpatient pharmacy and the intensive care unit. 

PGY-2 Curriculum

Core LEs

  • Orientation (2-4 weeks)
  • Medical-Surgical Critical Care
  • Neurosurgical Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care

Elective LEs

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric/Neonatal Intensive Critical Care
  • Psychiatry

Longitudinal LEs

  • Research Project
  • Management/Med Policy/Safety>
  • Code 99
  • Staffing

Meet Our Team

Benjamin Bodznick, PharmD, MBA
Administration
Director of Pharmacy
Andrew Kesler, PharmD, BCPS
Administration
PGY-1 Program Director
Practice Area: Ambulatory Family Medicine, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Family Medicine
Elise Kim, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Administration
PGY-2 Program Director
Practice Area: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Critical Care
Andrea Schweska, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Administration
Pharmacy Manager
Practice Area: Pharmacy Administration
Phillip Connelley, PharmD, BCPS
Administration
Pharmacy Supervisor
Practice Area: Pharmacy Administration
Jimmy Gherna, PharmD, MBA
Administration
Pharmacy Supervisor
Practice Area: Pharmacy Administration
Matthew Pike, PharmD, BCPS
Administration
Clinical Coordinator
Practice Area: Quality/Research, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Danielle Bettinger, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Internal Medicine
Brandon Billman, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Specialty Pharmacy, Home Infusion
Yafang Cheng, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Inpatient Pediatrics/PICU/NICU
Kathy Cimakasky, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Surgery
Sara Gubala, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Emergency Medicine
Jocelyn Harseim, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Oncology
Marq House, PharmD, BCPS
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Critical Care
Christopher Howard, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Family Medicine, Ambulatory Family Medicine
Noelle Kwan, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Internal Medicine
Tyler Ludwig, PharmD, BCPS
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Medication Safety and Pharmacy Outcomes
Michelle Novak, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: General Pharmacy Practice
Kari Righter, PharmD, BCPS
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Cardiovascular Critical Care
Erica Stevens, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: MTM, Ambulatory Transitional Care/Heart Failure
Lauren Trisler, PharmD, BCOP
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Oncology
Kylie Weaver, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Ambulatory Family Medicine
Tian Wells, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Specialty Pharmacy
Jeremy Wilson, PharmD
Faculty and Staff
Practice Area: Emergency Medicine
Hannah Bough, PharmD
Resident, PGY-2
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2020
Amenda La, PharmD
Resident, PGY-1
University of California, San Francisco
Blake Lutzow, PharmD
Resident, PGY-1
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Jasmine Brown, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2020
Sara Gubala, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2019
Jeremy Wilson, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2019
Renu Johnson, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2018
Nan Li, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2018
Tyler Ludwig, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2017
Ashley Shar, PharmD
Alumni, PGY-1 Class of 2017

Salary and Benefits


Estimated Stipend

  • PGY-1: Approximately $47,500, paid biweekly. Residents may work additional internal shifts at pharmacist pay rate outside of their residency requirements.
  • PGY-2: Approximately $51,300, paid biweekly. Residents may work additional internal shifts at pharmacist pay rate outside of their residency requirements.

Paid Leave 
17 working days per year. Paid leave time will be used toward attending educational leave (excluding the SIUE resident Boot Camp) and may be used for vacation, personal illness, funeral attendance, illness of a family member, or other personal business. Earned but unused vacation will be paid out upon completion of residency.

Insurance 
Health, dental and vision insurance benefits as regular Carle employees. 

Certifications
Cost covered for BLS, ACLS, and PALS.

Professional Travel Reimbursement 
Registration and travel expenses for required meetings.

Memberships 
ASHP membership dues will be covered by the program for the residency year. 

Discounts 
Optical, child care, PerkSpot and meal discounts in the cafeteria.

How to Apply


Eligibility

  • Graduate of a Doctor of Pharmacy program from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy
  • Legal working status in the United States to cover the entire period of residency training
  • Eligibility for pharmacist licensure in the state of Illinois (residents are expected to obtain licensure by August 1)
  • Hold an Illinois pharmacy technician license if not registered as a pharmacist in the state of Illinois prior to residency program start date
  • PGY-2: All of the above, plus completion of a PGY-1 ASHP-accredited or pending accreditation program
Application Process 

The Carle Foundation Hospital PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency programs participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program (the “Match”), and adheres to the rules of the Match. Applicants must adhere to the rules of the resident matching program. Applications must be submitted electronically in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas . All applications must be submitted by the predetermined date selected in PhORCAS.

Applicants must provide a current curriculum vitae, letter of intent, three letters of recommendation and pharmacy school transcripts. If selected for an on-site interview, the applicant will be required to give a brief presentation and answer clinical questions as part of the interview process.

Application Deadline 
January 3


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If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact us at Elise.Kim@carle.com.