Pharmacy Curriculum

MetroHealth’s Department of Pharmacy has a wide range of clinical specialists covering available required and elective rotations offered onsite. Structured rotations are directed by pharmacists who specialize in the area of pharmacy that is the focus of each particular learning experience. 

Rotations are listed in alphabetical order. Unless otherwise specified, all required rotations are longitudinal in duration. All elective rotations are block rotations. Below is a summary of rotations as well as required projects:


*Denotes required rotations

  • Academia
  • Advocacy * 
  • Anemia Block*
  • Anticoagulation* (Block, plus every 3rd Saturday for 3 hours)
  • Geriatrics * (Block)
  • Heart Failure 
  • Home visits in high risk patients
  • ID Clinic* (Block) 
  • Leadership* (Block)
  • New service or expansion*
  • Oncology/Hematology Specialty
  • Pain Management* (Block)
  • Population Health*
  • Primary Care*
  • Pulmonary Hypertension 
  • Pulmonology*
  • Weight Management

Longitudinal Experiences and Projects

Additionally, the resident will gain experience with practice management, quality metrics, business plans, justification of positions, and 340b pharmacy.  For the required Advocacy, the resident is expected to participate as a member of Vizient’s ambulatory care and specialty committee. 

The residents will also participate in other activities such as writing letters to legislators, expanding role of pharmacists, and expanding reimbursement opportunities for pharmacist.

The residents will complete a formal research project with the expectation to submit for publication and peer-reviewed poster presentation in the spring each year.  The residents will also complete a pilot project or expansion of services and evaluation of new/current service. 

Finally, the residents will complete a seminar presentation, educational presentations for pharmacy staff and interdisciplinary members of the health care team, and other rotation-specific projects. 

Teaching Opportunities

A block elective in academia in the spring is available through Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy. The academia rotation includes opportunities to co-course direct, creation of assessment activities, complete at least 2 lectures, and 1 assessment activity. Additionally, the resident will gain experience with academic service by sitting on two committees and attending monthly faculty meeting.  

The PGY2 residents are required to precept at least two students completing their IPPE rotations. The PGY2 residents will have opportunities to co-precept PGY1 residents and APPE students on rotations.  The PGY2 residents will have the opportunity to mentor and teach our PGY1 residents and APPE students as part of our resident and student development series.  MetroHealth System takes students from all colleges of pharmacy in Ohio in addition to other colleges based on requests.