Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY2)

The PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency Program is a one-year residency established to provide specialty training for residents interested in internal medicine. The PGY2 programs at Rush include critical care, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, pediatrics and solid organ transplant.

The primary goal of the program is to graduate compassionate internal medicine pharmacists who excel as both clinicians and scholars in an academic medical setting. This overarching goal will be completed through exposure to a variety of opportunities where the resident will serve as an integral member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams by participating in medication therapy management, answering key clinical questions and serving as a resource to the healthcare team. The resident will have an opportunity to enhance teaching abilities through didactic lectures to other disciplines in the medical center as well as at colleges of pharmacy, self and peer evaluation and being a preceptor to first year pharmacy residents and doctor of pharmacy students. The program will also develop research skills through completion of a longitudinal research project and manuscript preparation.

The residency program is designed to comply with the published accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).


Patient Care experience

The internal medicine pharmacy resident will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary care of patients in an academic teaching environment. The resident’s foundation in internal medicine will be developed through practice in a 671-bed institution with approximately 160 internal medicine beds that are covered by ten primary services. The medical intensive care unit consists of 28 beds and is covered by two treatment teams. The neurology floor consists of 32 beds and includes stroke, general neurology, neurosurgery and epilepsy services. Additional opportunities include, but are not limited to, experiences with consult services such as nephrology, solid organ transplant, heart failure, infectious disease and the substance use intervention team. The longitudinal pharmacotherapy clinic consists of anticoagulation, diabetes and hypertension management.

Research experience

The internal medicine pharmacy resident will be expected to complete a longitudinal research project suitable for publication in collaboration with an experienced preceptor. The project will be of the resident’s choice and involve an internal medicine concept. The project will be presented at a regional residency conference in April and/or other conference related to internal medicine, if accepted.

Teaching experience

The internal medicine pharmacy resident will serve as a primary preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students at an affiliated college of pharmacy. He/she will also lead organized group discussions with pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. If not previously completed, the resident will have the option to participate in a teaching certificate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additional opportunities to provide didactic lectures will be available to the resident.

Staffing experience

The internal medicine pharmacy resident will be responsible for staffing every fourth weekend.

On-call experience

The internal medicine pharmacy resident will be expected to take overnight call in the medical center roughly one out of every 10 to 14 nights. Responsibilities during call include, but are not limited to, pharmacokinetic drug monitoring, answering clinical questions, participation in code blue and rapid response emergencies, approval of restricted antimicrobials, factor product stewardship and participation in acute stroke emergencies.


Core rotations
  • Orientation (4 weeks, unless early committed)
  • Internal Medicine I, II, and III (12 weeks total)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Medical Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinic (26-52 weeks, 1 afternoon/week)
Elective rotations
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology Consult
  • Academia
  • Psychiatry
  • Nephrology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Heart Failure
Longitudinal experiences
  • Teaching opportunities
    • Didactic lectures
    • Medical team in-services
    • Precepting PGY1 residents, IPPE and APPE students
    • Pharmacy grand rounds (2 times per year)
  • Policy/Management
    • Subcommittee membership
    • Policy/Protocol development
    • Medication utilization evaluation
    • Monograph
  • Residency research project
    • Submit for IRB approval, collect data, analyze results and present at a regional residency conference
  • Pharmacy services
    • Weekend staffing: 4th weekend
    • On-call program (24 hour, in-house)
    • Ambulatory care (Pharmacotherapy Clinic): 1 afternoon/week

Salary and benefits for the Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency

The PGY2 admin resident will be paid approximately $52,707 annually. Checks are issued every other Friday via direct deposit, which is set up through the payroll department.

In addition to the salary, Rush will cover continuing education opportunities up to $1,000 each calendar year for residents. Rush also offers generous benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply for the PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency program through the following channels:

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any international applicants at this time.

Contact us

If you have questions about the program not covered on this page, in our manual or in our brochure, please contact:

Melissa Kocek, PharmD, BCPS
PGY2 Residency Program Director
(312) 942-4150