IWK Health

5850/5980 University Avenue,
Halifax, NS, B3K 6R8

Katie Hollis, BScPharm, ACPR, MHA
Director of Pharmacy
Phone: 902-470-8055
Fax: 902-470-8850

Dr. Melanie MacInnis, BSc(Pharm), PharmD
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Phone: 902-470-2724
Fax: 902-470-8850

Program Website:


Type: General Pharmacy Practice (PGY1)

Focus: Women’s and Newborn Health, Children’s Health, Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions

Est. in: 2017

# Position(s): 1

App. Deadline: October 14, 2022

Starting Date: early June 2023

PRAMS (Additional PRAMS requirements to complete the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application should be sent through PRAMS when applying by the application deadline)

  • Institution specific cover letter

Est. stipend: approx. $33,800

Vacation/holiday leave: 10 days

Education/conference leave: 5 days

Program Highlights: The goal of the of the pharmacy residency program at the IWK is to prepare pharmacists to practice with a philosophy of patient and family centered care. This program will enhance the ability for pharmacists to be prepared to care for children, youth and families at completion of the program – with skills as a pharmacist that are transferrable to any health care setting.

Using the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in the course of the residency year, the resident will become a competent and progressive pharmacy practitioner. The resident will become a leader in pharmacy practice including, but not limited to, patient care, project management, administration, teaching and academia, and research and scholarship. The resident will complete a project focused on providing information to enhance the care and safety of our patients moving forward – not only in our hospital but for our patients all across the Maritimes.

Required Rotations: All rotations completed at the IWK unless otherwise noted.

- Medication Management (4 weeks)
- Orientation to Clinical Pharmacy Practice (2 weeks)
- Research (6-10 weeks)
- Teaching (longitudinal)
- Leadership (longitudinal)

- Drug Information 
- Adolescent Mental Health 
- Adult (gynecological & breast) surgery 
- Obstetrics 
- Neonatal Intensive Care 
- Pediatric Medicine 
- Infectious Disease 


Elective Rotations:

- Adult Medicine (occurs at an affiliated Dalhousie location)
- Nephrology/Hematology
- Pediatric Intensive Care
- Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Poison Centre/Toxicology
- Pediatric/Oncology
- Pediatric Surgery
- Children’s Ambulatory Care

Minimum required credentials: (See website)



Type: The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children, youth, and families in the Maritimes and beyond. In addition to providing highly specialized (tertiary) care, the IWK also provides primary care services.

Number of beds: 271

Site(s): IWK Health Centre; which includes some off-site clinics; day programs, and temporary residential care services in our Mental Health and Addictions Program

Affiliation: Dalhousie University



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