Residency FAQs

  1. How is your program structured?

    All DMC Residency programs are ASHP accredited. For PGY-1 residents, the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is a multi-site Residency Program that offers 4 practice sites (Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, and Sinai-Grace Hospital). A single Residency Program Director (RPD) oversees all PGY-1 residents, but each site has a Residency Program Coordinator(s) that manages the residents on-site from a day-to-day perspective. PGY1 residents choose a single hospital as their home practice site, however there are opportunities to take rotations at all other sites. Our Residency Steering Committee oversees all of our PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents.

  2. What are your core and elective rotations?

    Core rotations are defined as follows: pharmacy administration, drug information, research, one critical care and either internal medicine or general pediatrics. Residents must spend two thirds or more of the program in direct patient care activities, i.e. at least 8 one month long rotations and no more than one-third may deal with a specific disease state and patient population (e.g. critical care, ambulatory care, cardiology). In addition, all PGY1 residents are required to complete at least one rotation at their non-matched hospital.

    For PGY-2 residents, core rotations will be determined by the Program Director. Please contact the specific Program Director of the residency you are interested in for details.

  3. Does your residency offer a teaching certificate program?

    All DMC pharmacy residents have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program offered through the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The program is longitudinal and progresses through the majority of the residency year.

  4. What additional educational opportunities do you offer to your residents?

    Pharmacy Residents at the DMC are required to attend weekly Pharmacy Grand Rounds, a system-wide forum for continuing education (CE) for students, residents, and pharmacists as well as other members of the healthcare team. Residents will present a 1 hour CE presentation in this venue. In addition, each site requires residents to participate and present formal journal clubs and/or case presentations. All residents will have opportunities to both attend and present at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Regional Pharmacy Residency meetings. Residents are also provided membership to Southeastern Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacist organization which offers up to 8 CE programs each year.

  5. Do residents have opportunities to precept?

    Yes, DMC pharmacists serve as preceptors to students from several colleges, including Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Residents (in conjunction with preceptors) will have opportunities to precept pharmacy students throughout the year.

  6. What PGY-2 specialty residencies are offered at Detroit Medical Center?

    We offer PGY-2 specialty residency programs in ambulatory care, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and pharmacotherapy.

  7. How many residents do you accept every year?

    For PGY-1 residents, we accept a total of 11-12 residents each year (2 residents at Children’s Hospital of Michigan; 3 residents at Detroit Receiving Hospital; 4-5 residents at Harper University Hospital; 2 residents at Sinai-Grace Hospital)

    We accept 1 specialty resident for each of our PGY-2 specialty residency program.

  8. How long are your rotations?

    Each rotation is 1 calendar month in length.

  9. How often are residents required to staff?

    For PGY-1 residents, we require staffing every third weekend. In addition, we require each resident to complete an additional 32 hours of shift coverage per residency year.


    For PGY-2 residents, staffing or weekend working requirements are determined by the Program Director. Please contact the Program Director for specific staffing requirements.

  10. Do residents required to work holidays?

    We require both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents to work 2 holidays per residency year.

  11. What is the application process?

    PGY-1 residents must apply to the each DMC residency site (Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, and Sinai-Grace Hospital) separately. Please submit 1 letter of intent, 3 letters of recommendation, Pharmacy School official transcript, and curriculum vitae to the individual site Program Coordinator via PhORCAS.

  12. When is the application deadline?

    January 4, 2017

  13. What benefits are available to the residents?

    Each resident will be provided with an individual office space with computer access, lab coats and business cards. In addition, full health-care, dental, and vision coverage is provided to each resident at nominal cost. The residents will received a total of 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, and 3 float holidays. Additional benefits include online library access, a mentorship program, compensation to attend both the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and Great Lakes Residency Conference, and BLS/ACLS or PALS training and certification.

  14. How much is the resident’s stipend (approximate)?

    PGY-1 resident – ~$48,000 per year
    PGY-2 resident – ~$50,000 per year

  15. How is the resident evaluated?

    We utilize PharmAcademic for all evaluations.

  16. Do residents from each site collaborate on a regular basis?

    Yes. All residents meet on a monthly basis at Residency Forum. Each forum is devoted to a different topic pertinent to residents (e.g. CV writing, statistical analysis, BPS Certification, etc). Forum also provides residents an opportunity to gather, discuss upcoming events, and share experiences. Additionally, residents have opportunities to take rotations at other DMC sites (based on preceptor availability).

  17. Does your residency accept applicants with pending/current H1B Visas?

    We currently do not accept applicants with H1B visa status.