Internal Medicine

Program Type: ASHP precandidate status PGY2 Residency Program
ASHP Match Number: 35808


PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.


The Department of Pharmacy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital has over 15 years of experience training skilled and versatile practitioners in internal medicine and internal medicine subspecialities, with our robust and diverse experiences positioning graduates for success in a wide variety of internal medicine environments. This program is a twelve-month program of training and experience designed to provide flexibility to meet the needs and interests of the individual resident while ensuring the achievement of foundational skills for high-quality internal medicine pharmacy practice. Residents who successfully complete the program are prepared to effectively practice as an internal medicine pharmacy specialist or subspecialist in an area of interest as an integral member of an interprofessional health care team. Residents will also be prepared to pursue a career in a health system or academia role and engage in educational or scholarly pursuits.

Please refer to the "Program Overview" section of the Department of Pharmacy, Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Core Learning Experiences (1 month each, 8 months total)

  • Orientation*
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Internal Medicine III
  • Internal Medicine IV
  • General Cardiology
  • Medical Intensive Care (MICU)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship or General Adult Infectious Diseases Consults

*For residents new to the institution, or returning residents new to the Adult Medicine, Emergency and Surgery Pharmacy Division

A one-month learning experience or longitudinal clinic experience will be completed at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC), which is an academic medical center within the Johns Hopkins Health System. The JHBMC learning experience can be either a required rotation or elective rotation (e.g., internal medicine II could be completed at either JHH or JHBMC). Specific details will be determined in collaboration with the preceptor group at JHBMC and the incoming resident, factoring in specific interests and prior experiences.

Elective Learning Experiences (1 month each, 4 months total)

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Adult Hepatology Service 
  • Benign Hematology and Hemostatic/Antithrombotic Stewardship
  • Cardiac Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Inpatient HIV Service 
  • Medical Oncology or Hematologic Malignancies
  • Pain Management/Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
    • Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation
    • Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
    • Liver Transplant
    • Transplant Nephrology
  • Surgery Acute Care

Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability. Residents who do not need to complete an orientation learning experience will have one additional elective learning experience.

Core & Elective Longitudinal Learning Experiences (durations vary, see below)


Adult Medicine, Emergency & Surgery Division (12 months)

Please refer to the "Staffing Requirement" section of the Department of Pharmacy, Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Resident On-Call Program (12 months)

The resident will participate in clinical on-call services. On-call duties include adult and pediatric code response, trauma and stroke calls, administrative assistance, and other duties. On-call hours are from 4 PM to 10 PM on weekdays and 7 AM to 7 PM on weekends and holidays. The frequency of on-call coverage depends upon the number of residents in the entire program and averages about 15 shifts per year. Please refer to the “On Call” section of the Department of Pharmacy, Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experiences

The resident will participate in a required 2-month longitudinal clinic (one half day per week) within an area of adult internal medicine practice during the first half of the residency year. The resident will have the option of participating in an elective 2-month longitudinal clinic within a medicine subspeciality area during the second half of the residency year.

Internal Medicine Clinic Options Internal Medicine Subspecialty Clinic Options

Adult Internal Medicine Clinic

After Care Clinic

Anticoagulation Management Clinic

Geriatric Internal Medicine

Adult Palliative Care Clinic

HIV Ambulatory Care Clinic

Heart Failure Clinic

Psychiatry Clinic

Solid Organ Transplantation Clinic

Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis

Other Longitudinal Experiences

Educational Components

  • Journal Clubs/Topic Discussions
    • Biweekly topic discussions within Internal Medicine Topic Discussion Series
    • Participation in topic discussions for other programs as appropriate
      • Cardiology, infectious diseases topic discussions, etc.
      • ACCP Adult Medicine PRN journal club presentation (if desired)
  • Teaching Requirements
    • ACPE-accredited 30-minute Pharmacotherapy Rounds presentation
    • ACPE accredited 1-hour continuing education presentation
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate is available as an optional experience

Please refer to the "Learning Opportunities" section of the Department of Pharmacy, Johns Hopkins Medicine website for more information.

Research Requirements

  • Residency Project
    • The resident must complete a self-directed research or quality improvement project. The scope, magnitude, and type of project will vary according to individual interests but must be completed in a manner suitable for presentation and publication.
  • Drug Class Review or Formulary Management Project
    • The resident may complete a drug class review or other health system formulary management project (e.g., health system policy development) as part of the formulary management process. This may be achieved through assisting in the determination of formulary additions/deletions by assessing therapeutic merits, safety, redundancies, and the estimated cost impact on the JHHS.

Please refer to the "Projects" section of the Department of Pharmacy, Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Institutional Service

The resident will be assigned to departmental, hospital, or health-system committee(s) over the course of the year. Possibilities include but are not limited to: Pharmacotherapy Specialty Panel, Drug Utilization Surveillance Team (DUST), and Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.

Attendance at Professional Meetings

The department will support the resident (expense and leave time) to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors, and other appropriate conferences.

Please refer to the "Meetings and Conferences" section of the Department of Pharmacy, Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

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Licensure and Certification Requirements

All residents are expected to obtain a Maryland State Pharmacy License by August 1st. The resident will arrive at the program already ACLS certified, or will complete certification during the residency year.

Application Information

The qualified candidate will have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy. Prior to the beginning of a PGY2 residency, PGY2 residents must have successfully completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program.

All applications will be accepted through PHORCAS. For more information, see our application page.

Program Director

Dannielle Brown

Dannielle Brown, Pharm.D., BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Hampton University School of Pharmacy
Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Medical University of South Carolina; PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency, Medical University of South Carolina

Contact Information

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Pharmacy
600 North Wolfe Street, Carnegie 180
Baltimore, MD 21287-6180

Phone: (410)614-5474
FAX: (410): 955-0287
Email: [email protected]

Core Residency Preceptors

Leigh Cervino Ahern, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine

Aklil Hiruy, Pharm.D., BCCP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, General Cardiology

Gianna Iantosca, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Medical Intensive Care

Kerri McGrady Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine

Caitlin Soto, Pharm.D., BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Jennifer Szwak, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine