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Internal Medicine

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and IU Health offer a one-year PGY2 Residency in Internal Medicine. The residency is designed to provide both clinical education and advanced training in the fundamentals of Internal Medicine. The resident will gain the clinical skills and knowledge in pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics and the pathophysiology of the core Internal Medicine disease states. The resident will have opportunities for both didactic and clinical teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy students from Butler University.

Internal Medicine Residency Handout



The PGY2 pharmacy residency in internal medicine is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice focused on the care of adults with medical problems, primarily in the inpatient setting. The residency provides flexibility with elective rotations, allowing the residency training experience to be customized to the residents’ interests

Residency graduates are equipped to participate as integral members of interdisciplinary teams caring for internal medicine patients, assuming responsibility for the patient’s medication-related care. In that role they provide the team with evidence-based medication-related information and formulate that information into expert recommendations to the team for the use of medications and other therapeutic approaches. Residency graduates are also well-prepared for a career in academia by the variety of faculty-related experiences throughout the residency. These include, but are not limited to, opportunities to: 1) deliver multiple therapeutics lecture, 2) facilitate two semesters of small-group therapeutics case-conference, 3) serve as the official preceptor of a Professional-Year 4 Doctor of Pharmacy student, 4) co-author a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and 5) serve on a Butler University Pharmacy committee.

In addition, residency graduates’ extensive patient care experience, combined with their wealth of knowledge of medical problems and their treatment, provides for pharmacists who can successfully serve health care organizations as an essential information resource to support decisions affecting the care of internal medicine patients. Their contributions can include conducting medication-use evaluations, participating in the formulary decision process, contributing to organizational medication-use policy development including the development of guidelines and protocols, and implementation of those policies. They possess advanced skills for identifying the medication-related training needs of other health care professionals caring for internal medicine patients and for delivering effective training to them and to health care professionals in training.

Graduates of pharmacy residencies in internal medicine exhibit the characteristics of practice leaders. They are experienced in writing about and presenting on internal medicine-related pharmacy topics. They are effective advocates for the needs of internal medicine patients. They have further equipped themselves for the requirements of specialty certification and can be expected to continue their pursuit of expertise in practice through self-managed continuing professional development.


Rotation Structure

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • ​Clinical Weekends
  • Longitudinal Academic Experience: Case-Conference
  • Transitional Care Clinic
  • Project
  • Staffing

Required* and Elective Month Long Rotations

  • Internal Medicine* (5-6 months)
  • Cardiology*
  • Infectious Diseases*
  • Adult Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • GI/Liver
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Support
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Trauma/Critical Care


Residency Completion

Upon the completion of this residency, the Internal Medicine resident will have experience in the following areas:

  • Provision of pharmaceutical care to hospitalized patients via participation in daily inpatient rounds on the Internal Medicine service and elective rotation services.
  • Participation in physician, pharmacist, nursing and patient education.
  • Development and completion of a clinical research project.
  • Co-authorship of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or textbook.
  • Provision of mentorship and service as co-preceptor to Doctor of Pharmacy students from Butler University in the setting of Internal Medicine.
  • Participation in classroom instruction (both didactic and case-based interactive discussion) of Doctor of Pharmacy students at Butler University.
  • Participation in the post-discharge care of internal medicine patients at high risk for hospital readmission.


How to Apply

The qualified applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and must be eligible for Indiana licensure. Completion of a prior ASHP accredited PGY1 residency is required. All offers are contingent upon a background check, reference check, and pre-placement health assessment, which includes a drug test. If selected for an on-site interview, a presentation and completion of clinical case will be required.

Deadline for PhORCAS Application: January 8
Application Requirements (Submitted via PhORCAS)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official College Transcripts
  • On-site Interview (by Invitation)


Contact Information

Alexander J. Ansara , PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Advanced Heart Care
Methodist Hospital and IU Health
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Butler University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
Methodist Hospital and IU Health
1701 North Senate Blvd. AG 401
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202