PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency

Pharmacy in Downers Grove

Please note: One position (NMS match #710665) has already been filled through the early commitment process. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the remaining position based at Advocate Health Center - Southeast in Chicago, IL (NMS match #710690).

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy (Downers Grove, IL) offers a postgraduate year two (PGY2) ambulatory care residency program with primary practice sites at Advocate Health Center - Southeast Clinic in Chicago and the Dreyer Medical Clinic in Aurora, IL. The purpose of this program is to use and build upon the competencies achieved in a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency to promote the development of proficient, independent clinicians with an expertise in managing the pharmacotherapy of patients in the ambulatory care setting. Program graduates will possess the knowledge and skills to function as independent practitioners and members of a multidisciplinary team to provide patient-centered care for patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and heart failure. In addition, program graduates will have the skills necessary to initiate new ambulatory care services in their future career. This program also emphasizes developing teaching skills and prepares graduates to become effective educators of ambulatory care pharmacotherapeutic topics in the clinical and academic setting.

Residency Program Director
Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, e-mail at:
Vice-Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice

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

Program Description


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

The residency is designed to provide diverse experience in 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. Over the course of the year, the resident spends 8 months at their primary practice site and 4 months completing elective learning experiences.

Specific Program Features

Rotation Sites for Learning Experiences

Primary Practice Sites including Midwestern University

Advocate Health Center- Southeast (NMS match # 710690)
2301 E. 93rd Street , Chicago, IL
Dreyer Medical Clinic - Aurora  (NMS match # 710665)
1870 West Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL, 60506
Midwestern University
555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL, 60515

Elective Practice Sites

Advocate Health Centers Beverly
9831 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60643
Advocate Health Centers Sykes
2545 S. Dr. Martin L. King Drive, Chicago, IL, 60616
Northwestern Memorial Hospital 
251 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
Dreyer Medical Clinic 
1870 West Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL, 60506
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 
1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL, 60068
Norwegian American Hospital
1044 N. Fransisco Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622

Detailed Description of Learning Experiences at Primary Practice Sites

Medical Home Learning Experience
Advocate Health Center Southeast (Chicago, IL)
  Christie Schumacher, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM; Regina Arellano, PharmD, BCPS
This is one of the primary practice sites were residents can complete extended learning experiences in ambulatory care. This rotation provides a unique experience in an outpatient medical center home setting with a focus on diabetes and heart failure. The resident will be responsible for assessing and managing chronic disease states, including but not limited to, heart failure, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, asthma, COPD and anticoagulation. Other responsibilities during the rotation may include assisting in transitions of care, answering drug information questions from patients and healthcare professionals, providing in-services on various pharmacy-related topics, and precepting pharmacy students. Dr. Schumacher and her practice site were featured in ASHP Intersections. Read the article here: 

Diabetes, Endocrinology and Administration Learning Experience
Medical Clinic (Aurora, IL)
Preceptors: Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, BC-ADM; Jill S. Borchert, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP; Lea dela Pena, PharmD, BCPS
This learning experience in a diabetes and hyperlipidemia disease management program is 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 site was recognized for excellence with the ASHP Best Practices Award in 2005.

Descriptions of Potential Elective Learning Experiences at Other Practice Sites

Drug Information Learning Experience
Advocate Lutheran General

Park Ridge, IL

Preceptor: Jennifer Phillips, Pharm.D., BCPS
This potential elective learning experience would be 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.  

Anticoagulation Learning Experience
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.

Dentistry and Family Practice Learning Experience
Midwestern University MultiSpecialty Clinic
Lisa Palmisano, Pharm.D., BCACP
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.

Infectious Diseases/HIV Clinic Learning Experience
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Milena McLaughlin, Pharm.D., M.Sc., BCPS, AAHIVP
The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinic is a multi-disciplinary setting composed of infectious diseases fellows, attending physicians, nurses, social workers and a pharmacist. The clinic serves over one thousand active patients that are treated for a spectrum of infectious diseases with the predominant patient population being treated for HIV. In addition, the majority of HIV-infected patients also receive their primary care for other chronic diseases at this site. This is an optimal setting for the pharmacist to work as part of a collaborative team to provide patient care. Pharmacists are involved in medication histories, patient and caregiver education, and the education of students, residents and fellows.

Emergency Medicine Learning Experience
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Preceptors: Liz Zydb, 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.  

Wound Care and Family Medicine Learning Experience
Norwegian American Hopsital
Preceptor: Julio Rebolledo, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C
This rotation provides experience in the outpatient Family Medicine and Wound Clinics, where the resident will function as the clinical resource for the different clinics. At this location, at least 50% of the population are Spanish speaking and the most common disease states seen include DM, HTN, HL, HF, AC, asthma, COPD and wound infections. However, since this is a family medicine clinic, the resident may also be working with pediatric patients. The responsibilities of the resident include identifying and resolving medication-related problems, assessing medication safety and efficacy, optimizing medication regimens and providing patient education. The resident will precept pharmacy students, supervise medical students on rotation and may provide in-services on various pharmacy-related topics.

Transitions of Care and MTM Learning Experience
Swedish Covenant Hospital

Preceptors: 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 has applied for pre-candidate status with American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and will apply for candidate status upon recruitment of its first resident.


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 degree, completed a PGY1 residency program 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, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515