Rotations and Curriculum — Pharmacy Residency at St. Charles Hospital


Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital is a 250-bed Level III trauma community teaching center, serving residents of Oregon, East Toledo, Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties. St. Charles provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient care including emergency, orthopedic, acute rehabilitation and cardiac rehabilitation services. Our hospital features include a birthing center, a sleep center and a women's center. The Behavioral Health Institute is a 90-bed psychiatric facility on the campus of Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital. Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital received the accreditation in stroke care with the Certification for Primary Stroke Center accreditation from The Joint Commission.  With a modern facility, St. Charles takes a leadership role in providing quality care and community development.

The Department of Pharmacy has a progressive practice model with clinical pharmacists that provide extensive, decentralized clinical services throughout the hospital. These efforts are supported by an integrated electronic health record (Epic), state-of-the-art IV room and barcode medication administration. Services include a robust antimicrobial stewardship service, medication management service, emergency and behavioral health specialists and an outpatient retail pharmacy. 

Rotation Schedule

Each resident will complete 12 rotational learning experiences that are approximately four weeks in length along with longitudinal rotations. A “Development Plan” for the year is created based on an individual’s entering interests, rotation preferences, areas of prior experience and areas of strength or weakness. Core experiences include general internal medicine, critical care, infectious disease and ambulatory care along with a month of orientation. 

Longitudinal rotations include pharmacy practice (staffing), practice management, drug information, research, and a teaching certificate in coordination with Ohio Northern University. Each resident has up to seven additional elective rotations that may include: an additional four weeks of a core rotation, emergency medicine, oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, pediatrics, cardiology, transition of care or psychiatry. During the longitudinal ambulatory rotation residents staff the medication management service four hours each week.  

The program has been very flexible in changing the residency experience to accommodate the resident's changing interests and needs. Special interests will be accommodated and encouraged. 

Required learning experiences (four weeks):
  • Orientation
  • Internal medicine
  • Ambulatory
  • Infectious disease
  • Critical care
Longitudinal learning experiences:
  • Pharmacy practice (Staffing)
  • Pharmacy management
  • Drug information
  • Medication management
  • Research
  • Teaching


  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Transitions of Care
  • Oncology
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

Research and Scholarly Activity

Additional experiences:
  • ACLS certification
  • Committee participation
  • Precepting/teaching opportunities
  • Teaching and learning certificate program offered by Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
  • No on-call responsibility or holiday coverage
  • Pharmacy practice (staffing requirement): every other weekend
  • National and regional meetings: ASHP Midyear and Ohio Pharmacy Resident Conference
  • Opportunities exist to complete elective rotations at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy Health St. Anne Hospital, Perrysburg Hospital