PGY-2 Critical Care Residency

Pharmacy in Downers Grove

Program Purpose

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) offers a PGY2 residency in critical care with primary practice sites at Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. By providing required learning experiences at a community health-system and academic medical centers and by building on skills from a PGY1 residency, this program is designed to prepare a highly qualified independent critical care practitioner who will be able to practice in a variety of settings including medical, surgical, neurosurgical and cardiac critical care. Additionally, our graduates will be prepared to successfully assume adjunct clinical faculty or non-tenure track clinical faculty roles.

Program Positions and Practice Sites
There are a total of 4 residency positions available for the program.  Two residents are placed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as their primary practice sites, and two residents are placed at Rush University Medical Center as their primary practice site.  Both sites have separate NMS match numbers and candidates are welcome to apply to both sites or one or the other; however, the program is accredited by ASHP as a single program under the management of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Primary Practice Site - Northwestern Memorial Hospital (2 resident positions)
Required Learning Experiences

Clinical/Staffing Responsibilities
Residents will be required to provide clinical/staffing services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital every third weekend.

Primary Practice Site - Rush University Medical Center (2 resident positions)
Required Learning Experiences

Clinical/Staffing Responsibilities
Residents will be required to provide clinical/staffing services at Rush University Medical Center every fourth weekend and 24-hour in-house on-call service approximately twice monthly throughout the residency year.

Resident Elective Learning Experience Options

Examples of four-week elective rotations include:

The resident and director may create a plan for the remainder of the residency that delves into a specialty area. This may include a variety of practice sites or intensive practice at one or two select locations.

Residency plans will be reviewed quarterly to best match the program to the interests and goals of the resident. Alterations to plans are expected as the resident's experiences increase.

Other Residency Requirements

Completion of a major research project is required. The residency project will be coordinated through your primary site preceptor, and it is expected that project will be prepared as a manuscript suitable for publication in a professional journal.

Residents will participate in a structured program called the Teaching and Learning Curriculum (TLC) which will provide a teaching certificate at the completion of their residency. As part of the TLC, residents will be given opportunities to lecture, facilitate workshops and precept pharmacy students. Other opportunities include participation in the Pharmacy Management and Leadership Curriculum, Research Curriculum and a variety of other faculty meetings and seminars. All residents are required to provide a formal grand rounds presentation at some point during the year.

Accreditation Status

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

Faculty Appointment

Each resident will receive a faculty appointment as a Visiting Instructor in the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice.


The residency includes two weeks of vacation and health care benefits. Memberships in ASHP and AACP are provided. Support is available to attend national 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 (Pharm.D.) degree, have successfully completed or are currently in a PGY1 residency, 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.


Residency Program Director
Tudy Hodgman, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Clinical Coordinator/Critical Care Specialist
Northwest Community Hospital

Residency Clinical Site Coordinators
Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, Pharm.D., BCPS
Critical Care Pharmacist - Neuro/Spine ICU
Department of Pharmacy / Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Kimberly Ackerbauer, Pharm.D., BCPS
Critical Care Pharmacist - CICU
Department of Pharmacy / Rush University Medical Center

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


Tudy Hodgman, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM,
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515