Learning Opportunities and Projects

Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center offers a variety of educations opportunities and experiences through the partnerships with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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, JHHCMC 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 JHHCMC 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

Off-site rotations

Elective rotations are available through Johns Hopkins Medicine. Residents are given the opportunity to experience up to two 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) Mid-Year 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 Mid-Year. 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.

Pharmacy Residency Project

Each resident is required to complete one major project spanning the length of the residency year. The result of the project will be presented at the Eastern States Conference in the spring. A manuscript will be due at the end of the residency year.

Timeline and Process

August: Selection of residency project
With the help of the project advisor, residents must write a description of the project, including background information, objectives, possible methodology and potential problems.

September: Submit project description to project advisor for review

The project description must include the following, if applicable:

  1. Background: the rationale for the project and pertinent background information related to the project
  2. Objectives: an outline of primary and secondary objectives or goals of the project
  3. Methodology: method required to complete the residency project
  4. Data analysis: a description of methods for analyzing the data, including statistical methods and end points
  5. Critical analysis: description of weaknesses, biases and/or obstacles and how to address these concerns.

October: Outline timetable with specific time points for data collection, data analysis and presentation preparation. The final proposal must be presented to the residency director for review.

December: Present poster at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting / Vizient

February: Registration for Eastern States Residency Conference due

March: Formal project presentation to preceptors and Pharmacy staff

April: Abstract for Eastern States Residency Conference due

May: Attend the Eastern States Residency Conference

June: Submit written manuscript to the residency director for approval