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Pharmacy Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Founded in 1898 by a group of Frederick City's leading ladies, FMH has been serving the health care needs of the Frederick community and the surrounding regions since it open its doors in 1902. Today, FMH is a 309 bed hospital housing advanced technology including EMR, CPOE and BMV, and capabilities that include the FMH CyberKnife Center and advanced Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Surgery. 

Under the leadership of Joseph Morrissey, MS, RPh, Director of Pharmacy Services, the residency program is led by Patricia Grunwald, PharmD, Residency Director. The Pharmacy has academic affiliations with many schools of pharmacy including, University of Maryland, Shenandoah University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, College of Notre Dame Program among others.

The staff at FMH is committed to delivering a top-quality Residency Program. We are committed to helping you become confident, competent practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges facing pharmacy practice now and in the years to come. As members of our healthcare team, residents will be accountable and responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes. Residents will be expected to exercise skill and proficiency in educating other healthcare professionals, patients, and the community on drug-related topics.

Choosing your residency program is an important professional decision and an investment in your future. We appreciate that you have chosen to learn about our program and look forward to receiving your application.

Our Mission

The FMH Pharmacy Practice Residency Program has been designed to develop practitioners who are self-directed  and prepared to assume an advanced practice in a hospital environment. The resident will acquire the skills necessary to enhance pharmaceutical care, leadership, and administrative skills.  Residency graduates will demonstrate time management and independent thinking skills that will make them leaders within their practice setting and the profession.


Every FMH Pharmacy Resident will deliver formal presentations and actively contribute to case study presentations and clinical teaching. Residents will also teach various allied health professionals and precept pharmacy students on clinical rotations. Residents may also work toward a teaching certificate through the University of Maryland.


Research skills are an essential component of Frederick Memorial Hospital's residency program. Each resident will complete a research project suitable for publication and/or presentation in a selected area of pharmacy practice.  Residents will also be expected to attend the Eastern States Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference.


Residents will be required to complete these rotations:

Internal Medicine - Provide care to internal medicine patients by monitoring labs/cultures daily, review physician orders and notes daily, manage pharmacokinetics, communicate recommendations to the team or other staff physicians.

Critical Care - Provide care to medical and surgical patients admitted to the intensive care unit.  Design, recommend, and evaluate patient specific pharmaceutical care plans.  Focus time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Oncology - Gain a  basic understanding of oncologic therapeutics and expertise in overall management of patients with malignancies.

Infectious Disease - The resident will follow patients through the Antimicrobial Surveilance Program and the pharmacokinetics program.  These experiences will provide the resident with the ability to promote rational, cost-effective antimicrobial therapy.

Medication Safety

Administrative Rotation


Required Longitudinal Rotations

FMH residents will complete various assignments, participate in numerous committee activities, and provide education to pharmacy students. The required longitudinal rotations are:

Management - Provide the resident with functions/tasks commonly associated with the department director and/or supervisors.  This includes review of financial data and appropriate management/oversight of resources, in addition to daily operational issues associated with the day to day functioning of the department.

Drug Information - Provide support to the hospital by providing information and expert advice about the appropriate use of drugs

Research Project - Design, execute, and report results of investigations of pharmacy practice-related issues

Pharmacy Practice - Residents are required to serve in the inpatient pharmacy and as decentralized pharmacists.

Salary and Benefits

Pharmacy residents receive a salary from Frederick Memorial Hospital as well as all benefits collected by full-time employees. These include medical, dental, and life insurance, and more.

Paid Time Off

Residents accrue paid time off (PTO) according to the Frederick Regional Health System policies and procedures. PTO can be used for interviews, vacation, or sick time.

Pharmacy Residency Program Application Information

A completed application file is necessary before scheduling for an onsite interview can occur. The deadline to apply for the residency is January 5th. Applicants should comply with all requirements through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application System (PhORCAS). Nothing should be sent directly to FMH.

For more information please contact:

Patricia Grunwald, Pharm.D.
Residency Director, Frederick Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency
Pharmacy Services Department
400 West Seventh Street
Frederick, MD 20814
240-566-3758 (fax)



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