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Pharmacy Residency

The Carle Foundation Hospital Pharmacy Residency program is an ASHP accredited, 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers a broad area of training opportunities in various clinical settings. During the residency program, the residents will gain experience in direct patient care, teaching, research, and pharmacy operations. The residents will work closely with an experienced group of pharmacy preceptors as part of a multidisciplinary medical team to support optimal medication therapy outcomes. In addition, they will manage medication-use systems to provide safe and cost-effective pharmaceutical care to patients. The residency program will 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.

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Andrew Kesler, PharmD, BCPS

PGY-1 Program Director

Email: andrew.kesler@carle.com

Main Office: (217) 904-7034

PGY-1 Program Description


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


Committee Involvement
Residents will be required to be a participating members 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
The residents will be responsible for formulating and executing one major quality improvement or clinical research project. The project topic chosen must be approved by the longitudinal project rotation advisor, followed by the Residency Advisory Committee, prior to commencement. Results will be 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 will 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 will begin after the residents have successfully completed their month of orientation. Residents are required to staff in the Inpatient Pharmacy one weekend every other weeks (8-hour shifts on both Saturday and Sunday). In addition, Residents will be required to cover one major holiday (Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day) and one minor holiday (Memorial Day, Labor Day, or New Year’s Day).

Requirements for Completion of the Residency Program

  • Obtain Pharmacist license in the state of Illinois on or before August 1st unless additional 30-day grace period was approved by RAC.
  • Complete BLS/ACLS curriculum. Maintain BLS certification active if obtained prior to the residency.
  • Create/maintain a paper or electronic version of resident binder and submit to RPD.
  • Precept IPPE/APPE student(s).
  • Attain “Achieved for residency (ACHR)” in 100% of the required patient care goals and all critical objectives by the end of the academic year (Refer to Appendix A in the manual).
  • Attain “achieved for residency (ACHR)” in >85% of the remainder of the program goals and objectives.
  • Satisfactory completion of all learning experiences. If a learning experience is not satisfactorily completed, appropriate remedial work must be completed as determined by the preceptors and the RPD.
  • Completion of a residency project requirements that were defined by the research project preceptor (refer to Research LE description).
  • Completion of all assignments, presentations and projects as defined by the preceptors and RPD by the end of the residency.
  • Completion of minimum of 4 journal clubs, 4 PowerPoint presentations, 1 drug monograph, and 1 MUE.
  • Compliance with all institutional and departmental policies.
  • Concurrence by the RAC that the pharmacy resident has successfully completed the aforementioned requirements of the program.

PGY-1 Curriculum

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

Core LEs

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • MTM


Elective LEs

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


Longitudinal LEs

  • Heart Failure
  • Quality/Research Project
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Staffing

All LEs: 5 weeks except Orientation (4 weeks)


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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 Program Description


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


The PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency training to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist in the practice of critical care pharmacy. The Carle Foundation Hospital intensive care unit is a 40 bed inpatient unit serving trauma, general surgery, medical, cardiovascular and neurosurgical critical care. 

The resident will 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, the resident is 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 ICU, cardiovascular ICU, and neuro ICU, as well as 4-6 week elective rotations including antimicrobial stewardship, emergency medicine, neonatal ICU and pediatric ICU. In addition, the resident will gain experiences in formulary management, research, teaching and emergency response. The resident will provide staffing clinical pharmacy services to the hospital every third weekend.

Meet Our Team

Linda Fred, RPh, MBA

Administration

Director of Pharmacy

Benjamin Bodznick, PharmD, MBA

Administration

Pharmacy Manager
Practice Area: Pharmacy Administration

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

Matthew Pike, PharmD, BCPS

Administration

Clinical Coordinator
Practice Area: Quality/Research, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Phillip Connelley, PharmD, BCPS

Administration

Pharmacy Supervisor
Practice Area: General Pharmacy Practice

Andrea Schweska, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Administration

Pharmacy Supervisor
Practice Area: Emergency Medicine

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

Tyler Ludwig, PharmD, BCPS

Faculty and Staff

Practice Area: Medication Safety and Pharmacy Outcomes

Michelle Lyons, 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, Heart Failure Clinic

Lauren Trisler, PharmD, BCOP

Faculty and Staff

Practice Area: Oncology

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-1
Purdue University

Jasmine Brown, PharmD

Resident

PGY-1
University of Illinois at Chicago

Sara Gubala, PharmD

Alumni

Class of 2019

Jeremy Wilson, PharmD

Alumni

Class of 2019

Renu Johnson, PharmD

Alumni

Class of 2018

Nan Li, PharmD

Alumni

Class of 2018

Tyler Ludwig, PharmD

Alumni

Class of 2017

Ashley Shar, PharmD

Alumni

Class of 2017

Salary and Benefits


Estimated Stipend 

PGY-1: Approximately $47,500, paid biweekly. The residents have the opportunity to work additional internal shifts at pharmacist pay-rate outside of their residency requirements. 

PGY-2: Approximately $51,300, paid biweekly. The residents have the opportunity to 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 upon completion of residency training will be paid out. 


Insurance
 

Health, Dental, 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 (expectation will be for the residents to obtain licensure by August 1st)
  • 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. Residents applying 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 3rd

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