PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy

Harper University hospitalThe Detroit Medical Center offers a PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency program based at Harper University Hospital. The DMC is committed to providing the highest quality postgraduate training in contemporary Pharmacotherapy pharmacy practice.


This ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy residency program is designed to prepare the resident for board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist. The resident will acquire an extensive body of knowledge and sophisticated clinical experience that will allow for the provision of advanced pharmaceutical care to patients falling within a wide variety of disease states.

Program Overview

Established in 1863, Harper is among America’s oldest and most highly regarded teaching institutions. Harper University Hospital is one of eight hospitals of the Detroit Medical Center which is affiliated with Wayne State University. Harper University Hospital provides a broad range of services in both inpatient and outpatient settings including internal medicine, hematology, nephrology, cardiology, infectious diseases, neurology, gerontology, and renal transplantation. As part of the Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital aspires to be the premier health care resource in Southeast Michigan and among the finest health care centers in the United States through excellence in the provision of clinical care enhanced by education and research. Harper University Hospital serves as a major teaching site for the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing.

Clinical Experience

The resident is given a unique opportunity to gain experience through a variety of clinical rotations and interactions with a multidisciplinary healthcare team for the optimization of patient care. The resident will work with experienced preceptors specific to each clinical rotation experience. In addition, the resident will participate in formulary issues relating to patients. Time spent in each area will be individualized to meet the resident's interests and needs. Teaching opportunities both didactic and clinical are an integral part of the residency. The resident will teach at least one semester of Patient Care Lab at Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Other didactic teaching opportunities are also available. Clinical teaching and precepting of PGY1 residents as well as fourth year pharmacy students will round out the instructional experience. Research is an integral component of the pharmacotherapy residency training and residents are responsible for development and completion of an independent research project. Research projects are presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residents Conference, as well as published in a national journal.

Required Rotations

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Leadership
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory care (longitudinal)
  • Orientation/Staffing


  • Ambulatory Care
  • Drug Information
  • Neonatology
  • Academia
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Neurology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Transitions of care
  • Psychiatry

Additional Education and Teaching

  • Pharmacy Journal Club
  • Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Academic Teaching certificate – Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy
  • ACPE Continuing Education Seminar
  • Co-precepting of PGY1 residents and students on rotation


  • 1 original research project of clinical relevance is required
  • Data presentation at Regional Residency Conference
  • 1 poster presentation at the ASHP Mid-year Meeting
  • Manuscript preparation and submission for publication


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting – financially supported by the DMC
  • Pharmacy Resident Conference - financially supported by the DMC
  • ACCP Updates in Therapeutics (optional)


  • Stipend: ~$50,000
  • Health-care coverage (provided to the resident at nominal cost)
  • Paid time off and vacation days
  • Conference days (attendance at professional meetings are not part of paid time off or vacation days)
  • Resident office
  • Pharmacy continuing education

Applicant Requirements

  • PharmD Degree
  • Completion of ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency
  • Able to start July 1st
  • Eligible for Michigan Licensure


  • Online application via PhORCAS
  • Letter of intent
  • 3 references completed via PhORCAS
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official academic transcript

Application Deadline: January 4th
Any questions regarding the program, please contact Program Director

Elizabeth Petrovitch, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Cardiology
Harper University Hospital
Pharmacy Department
3990 John R Road
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-745-2004
Fax: 313-745-1628

Matched Program: Yes
Number of positions: 1
Interview required: Yes

This 1 year Pharmacotherapy residency will be conducted in accordance with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation standard for Pharmacotherapy Pharmacy Residency Training.