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Program Overview: 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 experience.

  • Partnerships
    • The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
      • Pharmacotherapy Rounds
        This 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. This seminar gives residents the opportunity to present complex concepts in an academic setting. 
    • Notre Dame of Maryland University and The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
      • Education Opportunities
        As a result of the partnerships between our residency program and Notre Dame of Maryland University and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, 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 both universities. This ensures a well-rounded educational experience for the residents, while maximizing time on rotation.
    • 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 students, 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. 
  • Presentations
    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:
    • A 30-minute presentation on a disease state or other topic of interest is to be presented to preceptors, students, Hopkins pharmacy staff and other individuals.  Slides and handouts are to be developed and used. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. 
    • At least one nursing in-service is to be presented during 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 resident conference. The presentation is 10 to 12 minutes long, with additional time allotted for questions.
  • Other Opportunities
    • Off-Site Rotations
      Through an elective rotation, residents have an opportunity to learn how pharmacy is practiced in smaller community hospitals. In addition to its flagship hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System includes Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Suburban Hospital. There also are opportunities to rotate through Pharmaquip, a home care and infusion service of the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. 
    • Travel
      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 is 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.