Learning Opportunities


The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program provides many opportunities for career development. Through teaching, in-services, precepting students, networking and travel, we offer a wide array of learning experiences.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine

  • The Department of Pharmacy is unique due to the dual reporting relationship of its director to The Johns Hopkins Hospital administration and to the chairman of the Department of Medicine with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.This relationship is crucial for the credibility of pharmacy residents as clinicians.
  • The clinical skills of pharmacists within the department are well respected by physicians at Hopkins. Pharmacy residents often learn alongside medical residents and are expected to attend multidisciplinary rounds during clinical rotations. Floor rounds such as pediatric and oncology depend on the recommendations of clinical pharmacists. Other rounds such as Grand Rounds are available for residents to attend.

Partnerships with Schools of Pharmacy

  • The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore Campus
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy
  • Howard University, College of Pharmacy

Education Opportunities

  • As a result of the partnerships, there are several educational opportunities available to Hopkins residents. Residents will have the opportunity to provide medication and practice-related education/training, through teaching sessions, presentations, or precepting students from these universities. This ensures a well-rounded educational experience for the residents, while maximizing time on rotation.

Pharmacotherapy Rounds

  • This 30-minute, weekly seminar is an integral part of the residency program. The goal of Pharmacotherapy Rounds is to enhance the participant's knowledge regarding the use of drug therapy and to present complex concepts in an academic setting. The resident will be presenting on a disease state or other topic of interest to preceptors, students, Hopkins pharmacy staff, and other individuals. Slides and handouts are to be developed and used for the presentation. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


  • Effective communication skills are critical for the pharmacy practitioner. While residents will have many opportunities to refine their skills on rotation, the following experiences are assigned:
  •  Pharmacotherapy Rounds
  • PGY1: At least one in-service is to be presented during the integrated practice rotation. Topics will be selected in conjunction with the preceptor. Appropriate audio-visual and handout materials should be developed.
  • The residents’ major project will be presented to residents and preceptors at a regional residency conference, or other meeting as deemed appropriately by the program director.

Travel Opportunities

  • Travel opportunities will vary depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Travel to pharmacy-related sites is an important component of the Hopkins pharmacy residency. Residents may attend the ASHP Midyear meeting, during which residency recruitment occurs. Networking opportunities are numerous at this annual meeting. A trip in the fall to visit ASHP headquarters may be incorporated into the residency. In the spring, PGY1 residents formally present their projects at the Eastern States Residency Conference. Accommodations, travel and some other expenses will be paid for professional travel to local, state and national meetings.