Northwest Hospital’s PGY1 Residency program established pre-candidate status through ASHP in 2022. Our program meets ASHP Accreditation Standards for Postgraduate Residency Programs and will apply for official accreditation when our first resident starts in 2023. This offers candidates a unique opportunity to impact and shape the program for future residents!

Our 12-month residency program offers a well-rounded training experience where residents will enhance their competency in managing medication-use systems and providing optimal pharmaceutical care in various patient care settings.

The goal of the residency program is to create independent practitioners prepared to assume an advanced clinical practice position or pursue a PGY2 in a focused area of interest. Residents work toward this goal through the following set of skill developments:

  • Work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to improve patient outcomes optimal medication safety

  • Ensure expertise by providing evidence-based patient-centered recommendations

  • Advance written and oral communication skills

  • Integrate therapeutic knowledge with an understanding of the health care system through the development of drug related policies and procedures

  • Cultivate leadership in the pharmacy profession through the development of project management skills and knowledge about the clinical and technological aspects of pharmacy practice

  • Promote professional development through continued education and self-evaluation

Program Purpose

Residents will build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Pre-Residency Requirements

The resident must have received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school of pharmacy.

Residents are required to become a registered pharmacist in the state of Maryland. Learn More

Learning Experiences Overview

The specific program for each resident can vary based upon his or her goals, interests, and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete the core rotations.

Core Experiences:

Clinical Pharmacist Orientation, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy Administration, Ambulatory Care-Anticoagulation Management 

Longitudinal Experiences:

Medication Safety, Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Distribution, Pharmacotherapy Rounds/Teaching, Residency Project

Elective Experiences:

Pharmacy Informatics, Internal Medicine II, Critical Care II, Infectious Diseases II
Off-site elective, based on availability: Medication Management (TOC)

Meet the Team

Meet Our Residency Program Directors

Jessica Hagy, Pharm.D., BCP

Norbert Robinson, RPh, MBA
Director of Pharmacy Services

Meet Our Preceptors

Meet the dedicated preceptors who help prepare our future pharmacists for the field. 

Meet our preceptors


  • Health Insurance

  • Medical

  • Vision

  • Prescription

  • Life Insurance

  • Disability

  • Dental

Paid Time Off

Residents are eligible to receive vacation and paid time off, including sick time, starting 90 days after their start date.

Meeting Support

Travel and accommodation reimbursement for ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference.

Northwest Hospital Department of Pharmacy

Our department provides pharmacy services to patients on a 24-hour basis. Clinical pharmacy services are an integral part of the patient care team at Northwest. Clinical pharmacy services include:

  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring of vancomycin and aminoglycosides

  • Inpatient and outpatient anticoagulation monitoring

  • Medication history gathering by pharmacy technicians in emergency department

  • Intravenous to oral medication conversion

  • Antimicrobial stewardship

  • Renal dosing monitoring program

  • Multidisciplinary rounding

  • Drug Information

Technology Includes:

  • Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)

  • Barcode Medication Verification (BMV)

  • Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR)

  • Automated Dispensing Technology- Omnicell

  • DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager

  • Kit Check RFID inventory management

  • Electronic Medical Library