Pharmacotherapy Residency

The Pharmacotherapy residency is designed to produce a specialized practitioner to deliver pharmaceutical care to diverse inpatient and outpatient populations and become a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. The intense focus on direct patient care during this residency develops a specialist of great flexibility; an individual who can integrate into any specialized area of practice with confidence and ease. Pharmacotherapy residency graduates will possess advanced skills to pursue expertise in practice, to identify training needs and deliver effective education to health care professionals, and to contribute to the pharmacy literature. A graduate of this program would be qualified to take a position as a clinical pharmacist or pharmacy specialist in either an inpatient or outpatient setting in an academic teaching institution.

Program structure:

This PGY1/PGY2 residency program is a 24 month learning experience with one position available per year. Rotations below are listed in sequential and are blocked according to practice area:

PGY1 year

  • Transition phase
    • Orientation (6 weeks), Ambulatory Care – Pulmonary (4 weeks)
  • Internal medicine block (4 weeks each)
    • Internal Medicine I, Infectious Diseases Consult, Transition of Care
    • Ambulatory Care – Anticoagulation (12 weeks longitudinal)
  • Practice management (4 weeks each)
    • Drug Information, Pharmacy Administration
  • Internal medicine block two (4 weeks each)
    • Internal Medicine II (Pulmonary) , Inpatient Cardiology, Inpatient Nephrology
  • Critical care block (4 weeks each)
    • Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Cardiac ICU

PGY2 year

  • Internal medicine block (4 weeks each)
    • Internal Medicine III, Internal Medicine IV
  • Critical care block (4 weeks each)
    • Medical ICU, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgical ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Nutrition Support Service
  • Subspecialty block pairing (4 weeks each)
    • Inpatient Solid Organ Transplant (SOT), Ambulatory Care - SOT
    • Neonatal ICU, Psychiatry
  • Elective block (4 weeks each)
    • Repeat any rotation (x2 rotations)
  • Longitudinal experience
    • First 6 months: Pharmacy Administration

Longitudinal experiences:

  • Design and complete a Medication Use Evaluation (during PGY-1 year)
  • Precept a Medication Use Evaluation (during PGY-2 year)
  • Complete of two practice-based research projects each year or one project that spans the 24 month experience
  • Participate in staffing and clinical pharmacy services every 3rd weekend
  • Participate in Department of Pharmacy On Call program
  • Participate in Department of Pharmacy Code Blue coverage

Additional activities:

  • Presentation of two ACPE accredited Continuing Education Seminars
  • Participation in bi-weekly Pharmacy Case Conference and Journal Clubs
  • Presentation at Great Lakes Regional Residency Conference (both years)
  • Submission of MUE as an abstract at ASHP Midyear
  • Participation in Teaching Certificate program through Wayne State University (optional)
  • Participation in HFH Interactive Clinical Education program (optional)
  • Present lecture at WSU College of Pharmacy Patient Care Lab I (optional)

Residents receive a competitive stipend and benefits including health insurance, sick and professional leave, free parking, and professional travel reimbursement.

Application information:

Applicants must be graduates of an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy and eligible for Michigan licensure. Academic transcripts, three professional references, and curriculum vitae should be submitted to PHORCAS. The application deadline is January 1st. On-site interviews are required.

Program director

Long To, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Administration
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 916-0268
Fax: (313) 916-1302
Email: lto1@hfhs.org