Learning Opportunities

Organized learning experiences provide the structure of resident training in specialized areas of pharmacy practice. The resident is expected to consider the goals and objectives for each experience as a foundation for their experience. Through teaching, in-services, precepting students, networking and travel, we offer a diverse learning experience for the resident.


Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

Residents at St. John’s Hospital have teaching responsibilities at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. Residents may be involved in facilitating group discussions, participating in practice laboratory exercises, and evaluating students in integrated patient management modules. Teaching sessions usually range from 2-3 hours. Teaching assignments will be discussed during the orientation period and assigned during the course of the year. Residents also complete a Teaching Certificate through SIUE and complete a Drug Information experience on campus.


Effective communication skills are critical for the pharmacy practitioner. While the resident will have numerous opportunities to refine their skills on experience, the following experiences are assigned.

• At least one nursing in-service is to be presented during the Pharmacy Practice in a Community Hospital learning experiences. Topics will be selected in conjunction with the preceptor. Appropriate audiovisual and handout materials will be developed.

• The resident’s major project will be presented to the preceptors at St. John’s Hospital and at the Great Lakes Regional resident conference. The presentation is 15-20 minutes long with additional time allotted for questions.

• Each resident will present an ACPE accredited 1 hour continuing education program during the year.

Additional learning opportunities exist with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. 

Additional Opportunities

Off-Site Rotations

Residents have the opportunity to learn and experience Health System Pharmacy at the Corporate Offices, Hospital Sisters Health System. Learning experiences include Health System Administration and Health System Medication Safety/Quality.


The St. John’s Hospital Pharmacy Department recognizes the need to foster and build relationships in the pharmacy field. All residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear meeting. Travel is also supported to the ICHP Annual and Spring meetings. Each spring, residents present their projects formally at the Great Lakes Residency Conference. Accommodations, travel and some other expenses will be paid for professional travel to local, state, and national meetings.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

Program Type: ASHP accredited PGY-1 Residency

ASHP Match Number: 191513

Purpose: The PGY-1 Residency at St. John’s Hospital will develop competent clinical pharmacists capable of practicing in any setting. An emphasis is placed on growing leadership skills, promoting pharmacy practice and fostering pharmacy education.

Residents will gain an extensive experience in all aspects of hospital pharmacy including pharmacokinetics, ambulatory care, internal medicine, critical care, trauma, pediatrics, and administration. Residents are required to teach through Southern Illinois University (SIU) Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and have the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate program.

Residency Program Director: Brandi Strader, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator: Anna Stewart, PharmC, BCPS

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency

Program Type: ASHP accredited PGY-2 Residency

ASHP Match Number: 655255

Purpose: The PGY-2 Residency at St. John’s Hospital provides the resident with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to become a clinical pharmacy specialist and preceptor or faculty member in the area of infectious disease. This program is affiliated with the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. Required rotations include acute care infectious diseases on the SIU School of Medicine consult team, antimicrobial stewardship, microbiology, longitudinal HIV clinic, emergency medicine, critical care and research. Elective opportunities exist in pediatric infectious diseases, internal medicine, infection prevention, home infusion pharmacy and academia.

Residency Program Director: Natalie Tucker, PharmD, BCPS