Antimicrobial Stewardship Advanced Pharmacy Residency

Antimicrobial Stewardship Advanced Pharmacy Residency Available with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre offers a year-2 residency program for pharmacists in Antimicrobial Stewardship.  Formal institutional antimicrobial stewardship programs have become a well-recognized strategy to mitigate the over-use and misuse of antibiotics that contributes to increasing resistance rates, C.difficile infections and adverse drug reactions. This program is designed to provide pharmacists with the formal training necessary to become leaders in Antimicrobial Stewardship by enhancing their clinical knowledge of antimicrobial management, providing them with the clinical skills to change practice, and exposes them to methods for implementing and evaluating Antimicrobial Stewardship initiatives.

Overall goals:

  • To enhance individual skills and confidence so that the successful applicant will be a competent practitioner in antimicrobial stewardship with the skills to provide leadership in this area
  • To develop clinical teaching skills to become an effective educator to multidisciplinary staff on topics related to Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • To develop project management and research skills through the completion of a research project relevant to Antimicrobial Stewardship


The Antimicrobial Stewardship Residency will consider applicants who express an interest in and commitment to advanced practice in the area of Antimicrobial Stewardship. The applicant will be a registered pharmacist with one of the following:

  1. Doctor of Pharmacy as a second professional degree (i.e., post-baccalaureate), or
  2. Master’s degree in advanced pharmacotherapy, or
  3. Completion (or due to complete) an accredited year-1 Pharmacy residency. 

Summary of Program Activities

The advanced practice residency is a one -year program (“Accreditation Pending” status by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board [CPRB]), with a proposed start date in September 2019 (may be flexible upon request of the successful candidate). The option of combining the residency with a Master’s degree can be considered based on the interest of the applicant. 

The program will consist of:

  • Clinical teaching to increase the pharmacist’s knowledge of infectious diseases and optimal antimicrobial use
  • Practical clinical experience on the prospective-audit-and-feedback service optimizing antimicrobials in several patient populations including: critical care, medical/surgical, and oncology patients
  • Research in a relevant area of Antimicrobial Stewardship practice

Activities of the residency will also be tailored based on the needs and interests of the resident. 

A resident will receive $50,000 (+ benefits) per year of the program.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae by June 24th, 2019 to:

Danette Beechinor, Director of Pharmacy
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room 305
Toronto, ON   M4N 3M5

Interviews of selected applicants will be scheduled on TBA