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Application and Selection Process

  • How do I apply for a Community Healthcare System - Community Hospital Pharmacy Residency?
    The application process includes submission of transcripts, recommendation forms, and a resume with cover letter to our program via PhORCAS. You must also register for the ASHP Residency Matching Program and schedule an interview.
  • Do I have to go to the Midyear Clinical Meeting to apply to your program?
    Attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is not a requirement of the application process. Instead, it is an opportunity to meet with representatives from our program, ask questions, and get a broader perspective of what we offer.
  • How do I schedule a site visit and interview?
    Once you have submitted the required application paperwork, you will be contacted by the residency program director to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted starting the middle of January through the end of February.
  • Since I am attending the residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, is it necessary to have an on-site interview?
    Yes, an on-site interview is required because:
    • Not all preceptors that are involved in the interview and selection process attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
    • It is important for candidates to physically see the work settings.

    Interviews for the pharmacy residency program are also NOT conducted at the Midyear Clinical Meeting because it would detract from other educational opportunities.

  • If I do go to the Midyear, does that increase my chances of getting the residency?
    Each application is reviewed against the same set of criteria. Attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is encouraged, but not part of those criteria.
  • Do you prefer in-state students or those who have had a rotation at Community Hospital?
    We require that our residents be eligible for licensure or already licensed in the state of Indiana. No preference is given to candidates based on prior rotations, ethnic background, religion, pharmacy school, state of birth or any other demographic data.
  • What are you looking for in a potential candidate?
    The pharmacy residency program at Community Hospital would like to hire pharmacists with high academic standing and favorable recommendations that have demonstrated commitment and ambition in their previous positions. We also consider work experience, career goals, and communication skills as important factors in our selection process.

Program Responsibilities

  • How would you describe the residency?
    The PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Community Hospital is a collaborative approach to learning. The resident works closely with their preceptors, managers and hospital administrators to fully explore the focus area in an effort to maximize the experience.
  • For what types of positions will this residency prepare a graduate?
    The PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Community Hospital trains pharmacists to assume positions as hospital pharmacists or PGY-2 Specialty Pharmacy Residents.
  • What rotations are required? How are rotations scheduled?
    Each rotation is scheduled in conjunction with the preceptor based on the availability of a slot and a preceptor in each area. Scheduling is flexible and non-competitive.
  • Is there project time scheduled?
    Each resident is given office time to work on their projects. The time allocation is flexible and appropriate for each project. It is up to the discretion of each preceptor as to when a resident has project time during each rotation. Additionally, project days will be scheduled throughout the course of the year.
  • What types of presentations are required?
    The major project presentation will take place at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference. Other presentations may include, but are not limited to, journal club, case studies, and P&T reviews.
  • How are the residents evaluated?
    Residents are evaluated by the preceptor during, and at the end of each rotation. A computerized evaluation system (ResiTrak) allows the resident to read comments prior to a discussion with the reviewer.
  • What are the staffing requirements?
    Residents work in the inpatient hospital pharmacy and are expected to provide comprehensive clinical services, working closely with the medical staff to ensure appropriate drug therapy.
  • How much interaction do the residents have with their preceptors?
    Daily interaction occurs between residents and their preceptors, although the department maintains an open door policy that allows residents access to their preceptors at any time necessary.
  • How much interaction do the residents have with the program director?
    The program director will review and provide constructive feedback on research and other projects on an almost daily basis. While the program director is available to the residents if needed, most interactions occur between the resident and their preceptors.
  • Is the residency affiliated with any university, or pharmacy school?
    Community Hospital take IPPE and APPE students from pharmacy schools in the Chicagoland and Indianapolis area. The primary affiliations are with Chicago State University, Purdue University, and Midwestern University.
  • What teaching opportunities do the residents have?
    Residents have the opportunity to mentor pharmacy students that are on rotation during pharmacy school. The hospital usually has 1 to 2 students on rotation at all times during the school year.
  • What is the resident's obligation to the hospital after completing a residency?
    Pharmacy resident graduates have no obligation to the hospital after completing their residency, however we need to keep in touch with past residents to follow their successes and understand how the residency is meeting its stated goals and purpose.

Program Benefits

  • Where will I work after completing my residency?
    Completion of a pharmacy residency program opens the door to many different employment opportunities. We will work with our residents to help find the opportunity that best suits their interests and skills.
  • What opportunities are available at Community Healthcare System?
    Community Healthcare System employs over 70 pharmacists and managers in a variety of roles. Residents have access to employment opportunities before the search is taken to the public and can apply for an open position in the final month of their residency.
  • What is the salary?
    The salary is competitive and adjusted annually.
  • What are the benefits?
    Benefits include health and dental insurance, CE support, vacation time, and more – similar to most health systems.
  • What resources are available for residents to attend professional meetings?
    The program pays for your attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Great Lakes Residency Conference and visits to other hospitals/health systems.
  • Do residents have a library and other resources available?
    Residents are provided with a computer with access to e-mail, Intranet, Internet, Micromedex (drug information), Up-to-Date, and Epic (electronic patient records). In addition to the computer resources, Community Hospital has a full service library and provides lab coats, and ASCOM phones.
  • Do residents have any work space?
    Each resident has their own desk, phone line, computer, work space and file drawers.