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Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency Program


Residency Program Information

NOTE: This position has been filled for the 2021-2022 residency year.

Program Name

Pain Management and Palliative Care

Program Type

ASHP Accredited PGY2 Specialty

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The Department of Pharmacy Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital offers an ASHP accredited PGY2 Residency in Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Practice. This program is based upon the ASHP PGY2 Educational Goals and Objectives for Pharmacy Residencies in Pain Management and Palliative Care.

Program Overview and Objective

The residency focuses on the development of expert competencies and skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care to pain management and palliative care patients. Graduates of the program will be highly qualified independent practitioners and educators who display professionalism and leadership. It is assumed that the resident already possesses basic knowledge and competencies in institutional and clinical pharmacy practice gained through completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. The specific program for each resident may vary in structure and area of emphasis based on the individual resident’s entering knowledge, skills, and interests. This program is designed to provide advanced training in clinical pharmacy practice focusing on patient care, clinical research and education in pain management and palliative care.  A multidisciplinary approach to inpatient and outpatient pain management and palliative care is used. Patient care experiences occur in the cancer center, neurosciences, acute and chronic pain services and hospice. The longitudinal is completed in the Pain and Palliative Care clinic in the cancer center. Other experiences may include the psychiatric pain service, pediatric pain service and teaching opportunities at the Colleges of Pharmacy in the Baltimore area.

Training Experience

  • Experience in various pain syndromes
  • Symptom management
  • End of life care
  • Pharmaceutical care to patients with acute and chronic pain
  • Interdisciplinary functions such as Oncology Grand Rounds, Blaustein Pain conference, Palliative Care Rounds, Cancer Pain conference, as well as departmental meetings and educational sessions

Core Rotations

  • Orientation/Pharmacy Operations
  • Pain Management and Palliative Care Clinical Skills
  • Palliative Care 
  • Hospice
  • Neurosciences Pain Resource Team
  • Interventional Pain Service
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Research

Elective Rotations

  • Outcomes Research and Drug Policy
  • Pediatric Pain Service
  • Psychiatry Pain Service
  • Pharmacy Administration

Longitudinal Clinic

  •  Palliative Care Clinic - 6-12 months

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Program Director


Suzanne Amato Nesbit, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CPE

Titles: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management and Palliative Care Research Associate, Department of Oncology
Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Education: B. S. Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, Doctor of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University
Certification: Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Certified Pain Educator

Dr. Nesbit is currently on the Palliative Care Service and the Neuroscience Pain Resource Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Clinical Specialist in Pain Management and Palliative Care with the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Nesbit holds faculty appointments in the Department of Oncology and the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, as well as, the Schools of Pharmacy at University of Maryland and Notre Dame University of Maryland. She has been practicing in pain management for over 30 years. During her tenure at Johns Hopkins, she has participated in several research protocols and pain initiatives. Dr. Nesbit has served as Chair of the Pain Management Subcommittee of the Maryland Cancer Plan, Chair of the Pain & Palliative Care PRN of ACCP (American College of Clinical Pharmacy), Chair of the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Pain and Palliative Care Section Advisory Group, and was appointed to The Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Pain Management in 2016. She served on the Board of Regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) from 2012-2015 and elected a Fellow in 2016. She is serving a term as ACCP President (2017-2020) currently. Dr Nesbit is Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pain Management Committee that is charged with reviewing current pain protocols and making any recommendations for improvements in clinical care and staff education regarding pain management. More recently, she was named Co-Chair of The Johns Hopkins Health System Opioid Stewardship Clinical Community.

Suzanne Amato Nesbit, Pharm.D, BCPS, CPE
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management
Research Associate, Department of Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Location: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
600 N. Wolfe Street / Carnegie 180
Baltimore, MD 21287-6180
Phone: 410-502-3578
Fax: 410-955-0287