Pharmacy Residency Program at Suburban Hospital
Thank you for your interest in the pharmacy residency program at Suburban Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine. Suburban Hospital is a 230-bed community, not-for-profit hospital and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Suburban Hospital is located in Bethesda, Maryland and has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area with clinical excellence and compassionate patient care for over 75 years. This hospital is distinguished by a level II trauma center, certified stroke center, and centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics, neurosciences and oncology. We have collaborative practice and research agreements with the National Institutes of Health for stroke and cardiovascular surgery. The Director of Pharmacy is Jennifer Raynor, RPh, MSM, MHA, and the Residency Program Director is Jasmine Sudhakar, PharmD. The pharmacy has academic affiliations with the Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Maryland, with opportunities for elective rotations, teaching, and community clinics.
Our department is committed to delivering a top-quality Pharmacy Residency Program. “PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.” (ASHP Standard).
We strive to provide challenging and rewarding clinical rotations, along with longitudinal requirements that will allow our residents to build a strong foundation in a multitude of areas including clinical, teaching, and leadership. After completion of this program, we are confident that our residents will be self-directed practitioners who possess the skills to further the profession of pharmacy and the optimal use of medications.
Choosing your residency program is an important professional decision and an investment in your future. We appreciate that you have taken the time to learn about Suburban Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency Program and we look forward to receiving your application. The pharmacy residency program for the upcoming year will begin on Monday, June 24, 2024.
Diversity, Inclusion & Equality
Our program takes pride in the amount of diversity, inclusion, and equality we have been able to focus on over the many years. Our selection process is competitive, and we always consider equal value between both extracurricular activities (i.e. community service) and academic achievement (i.e. GPA). Our interviews are all identical to each other to give each candidate an equal opportunity (i.e. all panel questions are the same). Our rank process is a very robust process in which we consider evaluations from each preceptor for each candidate. During this process, we look at separate evaluations/rubrics for the panel questions, case presentation, patient case work up, overall fit and behavioral snapshot for each candidate.
Our preceptors also all come to our pharmacy from very different backgrounds, both personally and professionally. In order to further appreciate diversity, inclusion, and equality, this topic is part of our Preceptor Development Series.
Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of this ASHP-accredited Post-Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency, residents will be equipped with knowledge and skills to become highly functioning clinical pharmacists. They will practice as valuable members of the healthcare team with the ultimate goal of providing optimal pharmaceutical care to patients. Residency graduates will demonstrate time management and independent thinking skills that will make them leaders within their practice setting and the profession.
Upon completion of this residency, residents will:
- Participate confidently and effectively as members of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management services
- Demonstrate professional leadership skills to assure the optimal use of medications in a community hospital setting
- Retain knowledge to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to a variety of populations
- Educate patients, physicians, and other health care professionals regarding the optimal use of medications
- Exhibit professionalism and exercise appropriate critical thinking skills
Each resident will deliver formal presentations, journal clubs, and in-services. Residents will also precept pharmacy students, and have the opportunity to complete the Teaching Certificate Program through the University of Maryland.
Each resident will complete a longitudinal research project and will present their research at professional conferences, as well as complete a manuscript that can be submitted for professional publication. Residents will also participate in Medication Utilization Evaluations (MUEs).
Meet Our Preceptors & Residents
We have an enthusiastic group of preceptors with various clinical backgrounds, who are eager to share their knowledge and simultaneously learn from our residents! Learn more about our team!
We have one resident currently enrolled in our program. Learn more about their background!
- Internal Medicine**
- Critical Care**
- Infectious Disease**
- Transitions of Care**
- Pharmacy Ambassador
- Advanced Critical Care
- Medication Safety
- Diabetes Management
- Palliative Care
- Nutrition Support
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
*Additional elective rotation opportunities may be available
All applicants must have graduated or are a candidate for graduation from a ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy and also follow all rules set by the National Matching Service (NMS).
All applications must be submitted via PhORCAS and through the Suburban Hospital Employment Application Form (see checklist for details). A completed application file is necessary before scheduling an interview. The complete file must be received by no later than January 5th of each year.
Salary and Benefits
Pharmacy residents receive a salary from Suburban Hospital as well as all benefits. These include medical, dental, and life insurance, Metrorail subsidy, and more. More information about benefits are available here.
Paid Time Off
Residents accrue paid time off (PTO) according to the Suburban Hospital policies and procedures. PTO can be used for seminars, interviews, vacation, or sick leave.
Jasmine Sudhakar, PharmD
Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Clinical Manager
Umair Ansari, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, MBA
Residency Program Coordinator
Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care
8600 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Md. 20814