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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

Pharmacy in Downers Grove

The purpose of the MWU-CCP PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to develop a competent and confident clinical generalist able to provide medication therapy management for various disease states. The program provides the majority of experiences in ambulatory care settings and is designed to build upon prior knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities in developing professionally mature practitioner-educators. The wide variety of learning experiences in ambulatory care and teaching will prepare the graduate to pursue positions in PGY2 residency programs, ambulatory care, or non-tenure track positions in academia.

Residency Program Director
Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, e-mail at: jborchert@midwestern.edu
Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Residency Program Coordinator
Jacob P. Gettig, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS, e-mail at: jgetti@midwestern.edu
Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Education and Associate Professor

Program Description


Upon completion of this residency, the resident should be able to:

The MWU-CCP PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program:

The residency is designed to provide diverse experience in different types of ambulatory care practice settings and disease states. Additionally, considerable time is spent in academia and education, providing residents with a foundation of the principles of teaching and learning — and practical experience to implement what residents have learned.

To accomplish this, residents typically spend four days per week at clinical sites throughout the Chicagoland area and one day per week on campus involved in academic activities.

Specific Program Features

Rotation Sites for Core Rotation Experiences

An example schedule for illustrative purposes. Refer to descriptions below.

 Map Residency 2014

  • Advocate Health Center- Southeast (1)
    2301 E. 93rd Street , Chicago, IL
  • Advocate Health Centers Beverly (2)
    9831 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60643
  • Advocate Health Centers Sykes (3)
    2545 S. Dr. Martin L. King Drive, Chicago, IL, 60616
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (4)
    251 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
  • Loyola University Medical Center (5)
    2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL, 60153
  • Hines VA (6)
    1200 5th Avenue, Hines, IL, 60153
  • Midwestern University (7)
    555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL, 60515
  • DuPage Medical Group (8)
    3743 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove, IL, 60515
  •  Walgreens/Central DuPage Hospital (9)
    25 North Winfield Road, Winfield, IL, 60190
  • Dreyer Medical Center (10)
    1870 West Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL, 60506
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (11)
    1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL, 60068
  • James A. Lovell Federal Health Center (12)
    3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL, 60064
  • DuPage Medical Group - Lombard (13)
    1801 South Highland Ave, Lombard, IL, 60148
  • DuPage Medical Group - Breakthrough Care Center - Lombard (14)
    2050-50 Finley Roud, Lombard, IL, 60148
  • DuPage Medical Group - Breakthrough Care Center - Naperville (15)
    1964 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville, IL, 60564

Required Learning Experiences
Advocate Health Center Southeast
  Christie Schumacher, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM; Regina Arellano, PharmD
This required rotation provides an unique experience in an outpatient medical center home setting with a focus on heart failure patients. The resident will be responsible for assessing and managing chronic disease states, including but not limited to, heart failure, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, asthma and COPD. Other responsibilities during the rotation may include performing discharge counseling at Trinity Hospital, answering drug information questions from patients and healthcare professionals, providing in-services on various pharmacy-related topics, and precepting pharmacy students.

Dreyer Medical Group
Preceptors: Jennifer D’Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, BC-ADM; Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP; Lea dela Pena, PharmD, BCPS
This required rotation provides experience in a diabetes and hyperlipidemia disease management program coordinated by a clinical pharmacist/faculty working in conjunction with physicians, nurses, and dieticians. Patients are referred to the program by primary care physicians and are seen at scheduled appointment times. The rotation offers opportunities to practice direct patient care in the management of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. The clinic also provides experience in a managed care environment and exposure to outcomes research. This practice was recognized for excellence with the ASHP Best Practices Award in 2005.

Hines VA
Loyola University Medical Center
Hines Preceptors: Justin Schmidt, Pharm.D., BCPS, BC-ADM and Jeff Wieczorkiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS
Loyola Preceptor: Carrie Sincak, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP
This required six-week rotation provides comprehensive acute care to patients within a large teaching institution. This practice site provides the resident with experience in a diverse internal medicine setting. The pharmacy resident will also have the opportunity to work with physicians, nurses, and pharmacy and medical students. Residents will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of pathophysiology and clinical therapeutics for the following disease states: diabetes mellitus, hypertension, thrombotic disorders, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, renal disorders, and infectious diseases.  Residents will select to spend one month at either Hines VA or Loyola for this inpatient internal medicine rotation.

Advocate Lutheran General
Park Ridge, IL

Preceptor: Jennifer Phillips, Pharm.D., BCPS
The residents are assigned to one required four-week rotation with the Drug Information Pharmacist Advocate Lutheran General. The purpose of this rotation is to provide the resident with the knowledge and skills necessary to accurately and efficiently respond to requests for drug information, enhance written documentation skills, utilize the philosophy of evidence-based medicine to critically evaluate the medical literature, understand the role of the P&T Committee in a healthcare institution, understand the Formulary Management Process, and identify actual and potential ethical barriers that pharmacists face in the course of their practice.  

Pharmacy Services: Walgreens - Central DuPage Hospital
Winfield, IL
Preceptor: Sheri Stensland, Pharm.D., AE-C, FAPhA
Residents receive pharmacy services training through a required four-week rotation concurrent with an ambulatory rotation in a community pharmacy associated with a community care clinic. Residents gain experience in distributive and management components of the community pharmacy as well as experiences in the clinical programs and management of these clinical programs. Residents are often involved in immunization initiatives at the site. Activities and discussions include, but are not limited to: prioritizing workflow with clinical integration, the role of the pharmacist in public health, how to document errors and error reporting procedures, using technology in the pharmacy and marketing clinical programs.

Selected Elective Learning Experiences

Advocate Health Centers–Beverly & Sykes
Preceptors: Margaret Felczak, Pharm.D., BCPS; Brian Cryder, Pharm.D., BCACP, CACP; Julie Fusco, Pharm.D., CGP, BCPS; Kathy Komperda, Pharm.D., BCPS
These pharmacy clinics provide point-of-care management of anticoagulation therapy for internal medicine and cardiology patients in an integrated healthcare system. Pharmacists, residents, and students are involved in patient education, drug therapy management, and patient follow-up in order to improve drug therapy outcomes.

DuPage Medical Group - Breakthrough Care Center
Preceptors: Kathleen Vest, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP; Mary Ann Kliethermes, Pharm.D.; Nicole Rockey, Pharm.D., BCACP; Brooke Griffin, Pharm.D., BCACP
The pharmacists at this site are responsible for providing medication therapy management for high risk, chronically ill patients as part of an interdisciplinary health care team.  In addition to the pharmacists, the BCC team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, health coach RN/LPNs, a social worker, a dietician, and physical therapists.  Pharmacists provide comprehensive medication reviews, provide drug therapy recommendations, identify and resolve drug related problems; with a goal of improving adherence and continuity of care.  Common disease states encountered at the BCC include diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, depression, pain management, and anticoagulation.  Additionally, the pharmacists are also involved with providing education to staff as well as presenting at various patient education programs. 

DuPage Medical Group - Lombard
Preceptors: Jaini Patel, Pharm.D., BCACP; Mary Ann Kliethermes, Pharm.D.; Lea Krouse, Pharm.D.
The clinical pharmacists in this private physician's office are primarily responsible for providing medication therapy management in a patient centered medical home (PCMH) model.  Pharmacists also collaborate with a nurse in the management of an anticoagulation service.  In addition, pharmacists are responsible for addressing drug information questions from the rest of the health care team. 

James A. Lovell Federal Health Center
Preceptor: Kelly Lempicki, Pharm.D., BCPS
This rotation provides experience in the outpatient Cardiology and Pulmonary Clinics, where the resident will work with the physicians to help identify and resolve any medication-related issues. Other responsibilities during the rotation may include performing medication reviews and discharge counseling, answering drug information questions from patients and healthcare professionals, providing in-services on various pharmacy-related topics, and precepting pharmacy students.

Midwestern University MultiSpecialty Clinic
Preceptor: Lisa Palmisano, PharmD
The interprofessional collaboration model of this site provides a unique clinical pharmacy practice experience.  The clinical pharmacist, resident, and students are involved in the daily practices with the dental and family/sports medicine clinic.  In the dental clinic, the pharmacy services which are provided include, but not limited to, are screening high risk patients, providing comprehensive medication reviews, assessing potential drug interactions, providing educational learning tools to the dental students, and collaborating patient care with outside primary care providers.  In the family/sports medicine clinic the pharmacist and the physician work together to enhance patient care.  Some of the collaborative visits include managing chronic disease states (i.e. diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, chronic pain, etc.), providing drug information, and counseling.  This rotation offers the residents an opportunity to work directly with dental and medical students and providers in providing collaborative patient care.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Emergency Medicine
Preceptors: Liz Gorski, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS;  Abbie Lyden, Pharm.D., BCPS
This rotation provides residents with the unique opportunity to learn and participate in a developing practice area with a diverse, high-risk patient population.  As highlighted by ASHP, emergency medicine clinical pharmacists provide many essential roles, including optimization of medication use through interaction with the ED team; order review; drug therapy monitoring; participation in high-risk procedures including resuscitation; monitoring use of high-risk medications; patient counseling and medication histories; and provision of drug information to patients and providers.  The goal of this rotation is to become familiar with the role of the pharmacist in the Emergency Department and to work to improve patient care and safety through providing the services listed above.  

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Preceptors: Huzefa Master, Pharm.D., BCPS; Sean Mirk, Pharm.D.
This rotation provides experience in two areas: discharge counseling and medication therapy management (MTM) services run by two faculty members. Patients that meet criteria are counseled by a pharmacist on discharge medications. MTM is provided to patients via scheduled appointments in a private, office setting. The rotation offers experience in a variety of disease states, with an emphasis on cardiology. Teaching opportunities to pharmacy students and other medical staff will also be available.

Related Information

Faculty Appointment

Each resident will receive a faculty appointment as a Visiting Instructor in the MWU-CCP Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Accreditation Status

The residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


The residency includes time-off and health care benefits. Memberships in ASHP and AACP are provided. Support is available to attend national meetings and regional/local meetings.


The 52-week residency begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year.

Qualifications of the Resident

Applicants must have graduated with the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and be eligible for pharmacist licensure in Illinois. The applicant must be motivated, self-directed, and have excellent communication skills. An interest in teaching is essential.


Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP
Director, PGY1 Residency Program
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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