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 and Kidney-Pancreas 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 including, critical care, internal medicine, trauma, transplant, bariatric surgery, lung volume reduction surgery, neurology/stroke and neurocritical care
  • Unit-Based Medication Therapy Management
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • General drug information
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing
  • Investigational drug services
  • ED clinical services

Memorial is a clinical practice site for SIUe School of Pharmacy faculty, with practices in internal medicine. Pharmacists at MMC participate in many hospital committees and provide education to physicians and other healthcare professionals.

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

Optional Learning Experiences

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

Teaching Certificate

In collaboration with the SIUE School of Pharmacy, the pharmacy resident will earn a teaching certificate through a hybrid, web-based learning platform. Self-directed learning modules guide the resident through important concepts in preparation for delivery of formal didactic lectures, small-group facilitation, precepting of students and assessment.

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 teaching certificate through SIUe School of Pharmacy.
  • 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

Applications to Memorial’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program are offered through the National Matching Services (NMS) on behalf of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and through the Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and can be found at

The resident must provide proof of completed examination for both the NAPLEX and MPJE, on the first day of residency year. Ultimately, Illinois licensure as a Registered Pharmacist is required within 90 days of starting the residency year or the resident is subject to dismissal from the program.

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