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Learning Opportunities

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

Required Rotations

Eight required rotations:

Orientation (4 weeks)
Internal Medicine 1 (4 weeks)
Infectious Diseases 1 (4 weeks)
Critical Care 1 (3 weeks)
Critical Care 2 (3 weeks)
Administration (4 weeks)
Intermediate Care (4 weeks)
Internal Medicine 2 with cardiology focus (4 weeks)
Critical Care 3 (4 weeks)
Infectious Diseases 2 (4 weeks)

Three elective rotations:

Administration II
Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
Tentative- Emergency Department
Off-Site Rotation (opportunities available at Johns Hopkins Hospital)

  • Limited to November, December, January, March and April
  • Only one rotation may be completed off-site

Four longitudinal rotations:

Mediation Safety and Quality Improvement
Pharmacotherapy Rounds
Pharmacy Practice
Research Project

Code Blue On-Call Schedule

Residents will be assigned to cover Code Blue medical emergencies on a monthly basis throughout the year. The primary function is to facilitate medication procurement and communicate with central pharmacy as needed. Activities may include preparing syringes, compounding IV medications and anticipating needed medications.

ACLS certification is a requirement for successful completion of the residency program and will be arranged for the residents. Residents will be reimbursed following proof of certification.

The resident not assigned to code blue coverage for a given month will be responsible for taking meeting minutes for pharmacy department meetings.


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, drug class reviews 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 30-minute ACPE-accredited (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) pharmacotherapy rounds presentation at Johns Hopkins Hospital
  2. At least five 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. Poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (ASHP or Vizient residency showcase)
  5. The resident’s longitudinal research project will be presented at the Eastern States Residency Conference
  6. Two journal club presentations
  7. Weekly resident-led topic discussions

Other Opportunities

Off-site rotations
Elective rotations are available through Johns Hopkins Medicine. Residents are given the opportunity to experience one off-site pharmacy practice experience. Schedule and availability of learning experiences may vary.

All residents are required to attend the ASHP (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists) MidYear Clinical Meeting where they will present the current progress on their longitudinal research project. Alternatively, residents may present at Vizient, residency poster session held in conjunction with MidYear. Residents will participate in recruiting residents by participating in the residency showcase.

In addition, residents will also be required to attend the Eastern States Residency Conference where they will formally present their research project through a platform presentation. Accommodation, travel and some other expenses will be paid for professional travel to approved local, state and national meetings.


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