The pharmacy staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital are committed to improving the community's health and helping to train the next generation of health care professionals. As a result, St. Elizabeth's offers two pharmacy residency programs to help develop high quality pharmacy professionals for the future.
This residency program was established in conjunction with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. The 12-month American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY-1 program offers the resident a robust experience through seven core rotations along with a broad range of elective opportunities. The purpose of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital PGY-1 Residency is to develop pharmacists with advanced knowledge and skills essential for them to function as an integral member of the health care team. Though our affiliation with SIUE School of Pharmacy we offer more than fifteen unique learning experiences; thus allowing the resident flexibility to individualize their training.
Required learning experiences include: Operational Pharmacy Practice, Drug Information, Internal Medicine & Advanced Internal Medicine, Administration, Medication Safety and Ambulatory Care. Ambulatory Care experiences are longitudinal and may be selected from VA and non-VA chronic disease state management clinics.
Elective rotations available include but are not limited to Cardiology, Oncology, Mental Health, Pain and Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Infectious Disease, Informatics and Emergency Medicine.
Teaching Activities and Certificate Teaching activities are incorporated throughout the residency. The residents precept pharmacy students during the clinical rotations, provide seminars to the Saint Louis University Family Medicine physicians and present continuing education programs. To enhance the resident’s learning experience, a teaching certificate is offered through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. Through focused on-line instruction, leading of small-group discussions and presentation of didactic lectures at SIUE, the residents are provided a foundation of educational principles and the opportunities to apply them in various practice settings.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Residency participates in the PhORCAS program and the required documents include curriculum vitae, letter of intent, official college transcripts, and three letters of reference accompanied with the ASHP residency application recommendation request form.
Melissa Smith, PharmD
Hometown: Charleston, Illinois
Dr. Smith completed her undergraduate courses at Eastern Illinois University and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in 2014. Dr. Smith is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of pharmacy practice at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. Her practice areas of interest include pharmacy informatics, ambulatory care, and internal medicine. Outside of pharmacy, she loves trying new restaurants in the St. Louis area and in her spare time, she tries to squeeze in as many outdoor activities as she can.
Julia Schimmelpfennig, PharmD, MS, BCPS, CDE
Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Residency Program Director
St. Elizabeth's Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
211 South Third Street, Belleville, IL 62220
The PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), based at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is designed to provide residents with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop into leaders in pharmacy informatics and health information technology. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be proficient in pharmacy informatics in a multi-facility health care system.
The flexibility and the wide variety of opportunities allow for the program to be individually tailored to the interests of the resident. Rotation opportunities include clinical informatics, vendor relations, pharmacy automation, health system informatics and administration, supply chain, evidence based medicine, patient safety, quality, and regulatory operations.
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The HSHS PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program participates in the Residency Showcases at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to visit with the Residency Program Director at the booth for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.
• Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy academic program
• Licensed pharmacist, or be eligible for licensure, in the state of Illinois by September 1st
• Graduate of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Required application materials listed below are to be uploaded into the PhORCAS application portal.
• Curriculum vitae
• Letter of intent
• Official college transcript(s)
• Three letters of recommendation accompanied by the ASHP Standardized Reference Form through PhORCAS
Visit our page on the ASHP site directory for more information.
Maggie Wong, PharmD
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Wong received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in May 2013. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois in conjunction with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in Edwardsville, Illinois where she served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor. Her areas of interest include clinical decision support, evidence-based medicine, medication safety, and data analysis. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
Joshua Schmees, PharmD
System Pharmacist of Informatics and Automation Services
Hospital Sisters Health System – Southern Illinois Division
211 South Third Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
(618) 234-2120 ext. 2239