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Learning Opportunities

Howard County General Hospital provides many opportunities for educational experiences. Through patient education, in-services, preceptors and partnerships with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Johns Hopkins Medicine, a wide array of learning experiences are available to residents:


University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
A variety of teaching opportunities are available through the School of Pharmacy. Residents have the opportunity to pursue a teaching certificate following the completion of certain tasks assigned by the School of Pharmacy.

Johns Hopkins Medicine
As a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, HCGH offers residents the opportunity to participate in elective rotations and pharmacotherapy rounds. The goal of pharmacotherapy rounds is to enhance the participant’s knowledge of drug therapies and provide opportunities to present complex and controversial concepts in medicine.


Effective communication is critical to a pharmacy practitioner. Throughout the residency year, participants are given multiple opportunities to refine their communication skills. The following presentations are mandatory:

  1. A 60-minute ACPE-accredited (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) pharmacotherapy rounds presentation to Pharmacy staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
  2. At least two 30-minute case presentations to the HCGH Pharmacy Department
  3. In-service programs for the nursing staff, in conjunction with the Clinical Education Department
  4. The resident’s year-long project will be presented at the Eastern States Conference. The presentation will be 10-12 minutes in length, with three minutes for questions. 
  5. One journal club presentation.
  6. Weekly resident-led topic discussions.
  7. Poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Other Opportunities

Off-site rotations
Elective rotations are available through Johns Hopkins Medicine. Residents are given the opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in academic institutions, as well as through Pharmaquip, a home care and infusion service of The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. 
All residents are required to attend the ASHP (American Society of Health System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting where they will participate in the residency showcase and assist in recruiting residents. During the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, residents will present their year-long residency project during an assigned poster session. In addition, residents will also be required to attend the Eastern States conference in the spring, where they will formally present their project to attendees of residency programs from the East Coast. Accommodation, travel and some other expenses will be paid for professional travel to local, state and national meetings

See Pharmacy Residency Core Rotations


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