PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Northern Illinois

Program summary

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program at SwedishAmerican Hospital’s URAC-accredited Specialty Pharmacy builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities, including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

Our program aims to develop each residents’ professional, clinical and leadership skills through outpatient pharmacy services.  Training within SwedishAmerican’s URAC accredited Specialty Pharmacy, Outpatient Pharmacy and various clinics provides a wide range of outpatient practice areas necessary to become leaders in pharmacy. Resident experiences are tailored to meet individual goals and expectations.

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Required learning experiences

  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Hypertension Clinic
  • Medication and diabetes management
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Pharmacy management

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Community outreach
  • Community pharmacy project
  • Patient-centered dispensing
  • Pharmacy precepting
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Elective learning experiences

  • Gastroenterology
  • Headache
  • Infectious disease
  • Transitions of care
  • Teaching certificate program

Specialty disease states

  • Asthma
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and more

Program contact

Ellyn Chwistek, Pharm.D., CSP
Specialty Pharmacist, PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program Director
UW Health SwedishAmerican Hospital
1401 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
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Current residents

Radhika Patel, Pharm.D.
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Emen Salam, Pharm.D.
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