PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

About Memorial Health System

One of the leading healthcare organizations in Illinois, Memorial Health System is a five-hospital community-based, not-for-profit corporation based in Springfield that is dedicated to patient care, education and research. Memorial Health System serves Illinois patients in a 40-county region.

With a teaching hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, two critical access hospitals, 10,000 employees, behavioral health and home services and over 100 employed physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, Memorial Health System is the largest private employer in the greater Springfield area.

About Memorial Medical Center and Pharmacy Services

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is a 500-bed teaching hospital that serves as a primary teaching site for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM). Memorial also serves as a pharmacy teaching site for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SIUe-SOP), and also precepts students from Midwestern University-Downers Grove and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Memorial is a designated Magnet hospital for nursing, a Bariatric Center of Excellence, a Kidney Transplant Center, Regional Cancer Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. In addition, Memorial is known for general surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac services, critical care services, renal services, maternity services, psychiatric and rehabilitative services. The Pharmacy Department utilizes an advanced robotic dispensing system which allows unit-based pharmacists to provide a wide variety of clinical pharmacy services.

Clinical pharmacy programs/services include:

  • Team rounding with critical care, internal medicine, trauma, transplant, bariatric surgery, stroke and neurocritical care interdisciplinary teams
  • Unit-Based Medication Therapy Management
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • General drug information
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing
  • Investigational drug services
  • ED clinical services

About Springfield, Illinois

Springfield is the state capital of Illinois and has a population of about 117,000. The city offers a variety of public and private-sector jobs. Healthcare, government and education are among the top employers. The home of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is also a tourist destination and cultural center. A lively music scene includes the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, jazz, blues, community theater, municipal opera, comedy and live bands all over town. In addition, the city hosts several art fairs, festivals and is the home of the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Springfield is known for its great restaurants and shopping areas, and is conveniently located between St. Louis and Chicago. Citizens enjoy a world-class city that is affordable and friendly. For outdoor fun, Springfield has a wildlife sanctuary, zoo, Lincoln Memorial Garden, many public parks and biking trails, botanical gardens and outdoor music festivals and concerts throughout the summer.  


PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Memorial’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree 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 (PGY-2) Pharmacy residency training.

The resident will actively participate in departmental and institutional committees, complete a major residency project, present project results at a regional conference and provide continuing education for practicing pharmacists. Residents will also precept students from SIUe School of Pharmacy throughout the year. 

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation and pharmacy practice (Longitudinal)
  • Acute Care Unit-Based Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety/Leadership (Longitudinal)
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care
  • Teaching certificate through SIUe School of Pharmacy

Optional Learning Experiences

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Transplant Services
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Neuro Critical Care

Requirements for Completion

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the resident shall be awarded a certificate of completion. Requirements for successful completion include:

  • 85% or more of goals marked as "achieved for residency" (ACHR) and all other goals and objectives marked as “satisfactory progress” or “achieved” in PharmAcademic
  • Satisfactory completion of all assignments by preceptors and Residency Program Director (RPD)
  • Successful completion of a one-hour Continuing Education Program for practicing pharmacists
  • Poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting or approved equivalent
  • A Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) or equivalent
  • An analysis of adverse drug events (ADEs)
  • A bulletin/newsletter or equivalent for hospital staff
  • Completion of a major research project presented at the Great Lakes States Residency Conference or approved equivalent
  • Attendance at a minimum of one state health-system pharmacy meeting
  • Staffing requirements
  • Completion of a manuscript suitable for publication for the resident's research project.


The resident must upload all completed activities, projects and presentations for the residency into PharmAcademic prior to certification presentation.


Application Process

All applicants to Memorial’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program must be registered with the National Matching Services (NMS), additional information can be found at Match code number: 208213

Applicants must provide current curriculum vitae, official transcript, a letter of intent and three letters of recommendations and electronically submit through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) which can be found at

If selected for an on-site interview, the applicant will be required to give a brief presentation as part of the interview process.

Illinois licensure is required by Sept. 1 of the residency year.

Benefits include: paid time off, holiday bonus pay, medical, dental, life and vision insurance, and funding for select state and national meetings.

Contact Information

Don M. Ferrill, PharmD., BCPS
Manager, Pharmacy Education & Clinical Services
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
(217) 788-4219