Are you a hospital-based pharmacist or resident interested in refining your clinical pharmacy skills?

If are in the right place!

The Hospital Pharmacy Academy will help take your clinical pharmacy skills to the next level by giving you practical skills you can apply at the bedside!
Pharmacists that bring their unique knowledge to the bedside help save tens of thousands of lives every year (Bond 2007, MacLaren 2008).
Watch this video to take a tour of the Academy as if you were a member:

What if you could arrive at a code blue or rapid response call confident in your role and ability to provide for the pharmacotherapy needs of a crashing patient?

The journey to improving your clinical pharmacy skills can feel complicated, lonely, and overwhelming.

So many pharmacists are on their own when it comes to learning clinical pharmacy skills.
They want to help at medical emergencies but aren’t quite sure how.
It's a challenge to separate theory from practical knowledge to apply to the bedside.
Physician colleagues always seem one step ahead in new literature developments.
Add to all of that the responsibility of precepting the next generation of pharmacy students and residents, and taking the time to come up with topic discussions and journal club articles!
It’s easy to see why many pharmacists are feeling behind and overwhelmed - they don’t have the training, support, and practical clinical pharmacy knowledge they need!

What if you could efficiently and effectively prepare for multidisciplinary rounds, and deliver meaningful interventions for patients in the ICU?

What if you could get the training, support and practical knowledge you need to succeed in critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and hospital pharmacy as a pharmacist and preceptor, all from one unbiased source?

That's why I created the Hospital Pharmacy Academy

The Hospital Pharmacy Academy is an online education site for pharmacists and pharmacy residents to gain practical clinical pharmacy knowledge and skills in critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and general hospital pharmacy.  

The Hospital Pharmacy Academy will help you confidently respond to medical emergencies, stay one step ahead of the pharmacotherapy needs of your patients, nurses, and physicians, and keep you up to date with medical literature & guidelines.

Pharmacy Joe is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, ICU clinical pharmacist, author of A Pharmacist's Guide to Inpatient Medical Emergencies and host of The Elective Rotation - A Critical Care Hospital Pharmacy Podcast.

Here is what you will find inside the Hospital Pharmacy Academy

  • Code Blue & Rapid Response Training Program

    This 6-module training program prepares any hospital pharmacist to respond to code blue and rapid response calls, as well as successfully pass the BLS and ACLS healthcare provider courses.

    All content for this program is included in your membership. You may optionally purchase 6 hours of ACPE credit for the Code Blue and Rapid Response Training Program for the discounted members-only rate of $29 ($4.83 per credit hour).

  • The ICU Pharmacist Training Program

    This 10-module training program will help you develop the confidence and skills necessary to round and make meaningful interventions in the ICU.

  • Practical Monthly Trainings In Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, and General Hospital Pharmacy

    The Academy contains 50+ Masterclass trainings in the areas of critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and general hospital pharmacy. Each training takes a complex topic and explains it in a way that is simple to understand and apply. The trainings are self-paced, so there is no falling behind.

    Topics include Emergency Response, ICU Rounds, ICU Sedation, ICU Bugs & Drugs, Septic Shock, Interpreting Lab Data, Patient Assessment, ECG recognition, Safe and Effective Opioid Use, Airway Pharmacology, Medication Reconciliation, and much more.

    New Masterclass trainings are published monthly and archived so you can replay them at any time. Many members use the information in the Masterclasses to increase confidence, stay competitive, help precept students and residents, or supplement their studies for the BCPS and BCCCP exams.

  • Weekly Literature Digests to Keep You Up to Date

    Stay up to date with medical literature & guidelines.

    Each Monday you will receive a literature digest linking to only the most relevant new hospital pharmacy related articles that I hand-select from over 20 peer-reviewed journals and sources. In addition, each digest includes video and audio of my commentary on the new articles and how they apply to clinical practice. Many members use the information in the digest with journal clubs and pharmacy students.

    You'll never feel behind in the literature again!

  • Full-Text Journal Access In the Academy Medical Library

    Members have full-text access to the journals Pharmacotherapy and Academic Emergency Medicine in the Academy Medical Library.

  • Multiple Learning Formats For Busy Pharmacists

    All Masterclass trainings and literature digests are made available in both video and audio format to make learning on the go easy.

  • Members-Only Forums to Connect With Me and Other Academy Members

    You are not on your own anymore! Ask questions any time in the members-only forums. Here you'll have direct access to my expertise, as well as all of the other great Academy members.

    Every hospital pharmacy-related question gets answered!

  • Emergency Reference Web App: Help! My Patient Has...

    Gain exclusive access to a menu-based web app which provides a quick reference for steps to take when handling a number of inpatient medical emergencies including:

    Acute Agitation, Alcohol Withdrawal, Anaphylaxis, Hyperkalemia, Hypertensive Emergency, Hyperthermia, Hypoglycemia, Hyponatremia, Methemoglobinemia, Opioid Overdose, Pulmonary Embolism, Respiratory Failure, Sepsis, Status Epilepticus, and Stridor.

  • Time Saving Resources for Precepting Pharmacy Students and Residents

    Preceptors who belong to the Hospital Pharmacy Academy are able to grant their students and residents 45-day complimentary access to the Academy content.

    Why 45 days? So that access lasts for students and residents as long as they are on your rotation.

    With access for students and residents, you will be able to assign the Code Blue and Rapid Response Training Program, the ICU Pharmacist Training Program, and any Masterclass for topic discussions. Your students and residents will be able to access the content from anywhere. Also, students and residents will have access to the Help! My Patient Has... web app, and literature digests to identify high-quality articles for journal club discussions.

    You'll never be stressed trying to find the time for topic discussions again!

    Forum and Medical Library access is not available to students or residents granted Academy access in this way and remains exclusively for full Academy members.

  • Lock In Your Member Pricing

    When you join the Academy, your price is guaranteed to not increase for the lifetime of your membership. As value continues to be added to the Academy and the new member price goes up, you will never pay more as long as you keep your membership current.

Hear what Academy members have to say

  • Ashkan, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
    Listen to Ashkan talk about the Academy:

    Ashkan, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
  • Ashleigh, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
    The Academy is a great way to develop skills for working as an ICU pharmacist or for any pharmacist looking to improve their skills and knowledge in critical care.

    The Masterclasses provide real-world application to topics such as rounding and patient assessment.

    The weekly literature review is very helpful for staying up to date on key publications and it is applicable to my day to day practice.

    I would highly recommend the Academy to others looking to continue on-going learning and to collaborate with others.
    Ashleigh, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
  • Dave, Clinical Coordinator
    Providing an on-line medical resource for pharmacists that is timely, practical, and to-the-point is no easy task. But that is exactly what Pharmacy Joe has done for hospital pharmacy...

    The blog is free, but there’s a fee for joining Joe’s “Academy.” I will freely admit, I’m a frugal (okay, “cheap”) Yankee. I don’t like paying for something unless I find true value in it.

    I took a chance on the Academy, and I have not been disappointed.

    The Masterclasses and Literature Digests are worth the price. Joe knows what a pharmacist working in hospital pharmacy needs to know and he provides it in an enjoyable, unbiased, and easy-to-understand format.

    Thanks, Joe, for a much-needed resource!
    Dave, Clinical Coordinator
  • Claire, Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
    I chose to join Joe's Academy after listening to his podcasts for a period of time and browsing his slack group. It struck me at that time that he used very innovative methods and that he had an unmatched enthusiasm and energy for keeping up to date.

    It also struck me how generous he was with his knowledge and how unassuming and unostentatious in sharing his expertise. There was no hint of self-promotion, in fact quite the opposite in that he actively encouraged comment and was very open to differences in opinion.

    One felt that the goal was for the greater good and thus, it was easy to participate non-competitively and really feel part of the group without feeling intimidated (in the slack group and podcasts). I find that kind of atmosphere very conducive to learning and thus joined the Academy when it was first announced.

    Joe steps up his innovative methods as well as content, publishing regularly in the Academy.

    His literature summaries are succinct and the content diverse. I would never have time or actual access to as many journals and websites that he scans, let alone read them with any appreciative depth. I like the way he gives a summary and then his particular view on how it may apply.

    I love the variation in teaching platforms because if one is not feeling receptive in one mode, one may switch to another platform and actually have more retention.

    It is easy to search the site and it's constantly being refined based on members feedback. My students love his podcasts and I frequently use his weekly literature digests as material for journal clubs.

    I know that there are lots of sources for medical information and journal digests available but the Academy seemed the best fit for me in terms of content, applicability, ease of learning and maintaining my enthusiasm.

    I have not been disappointed, on the contrary it has been beyond my expectations...Overall, a very well worth investment.
    Claire, Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
  • Scott, Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist
    The Academy has made me more confident in my ability to assess and care for critically ill patients.

    The Masterclasses are in the form of easily digestible video lectures. Joe explains things in a way that I can recall and apply at the bedside. I like that I can go through the Masterclasses at my own pace. They are archived and can be revisited any time I want.

    The weekly Literature Digest helps keep me on top of the extensive critical care literature and even know about articles before my physicians do!

    Joe is very active in the Academy members only forums. It is the place to ask critical care questions, get answers, and have deeper discussions.

    I highly recommend the Academy to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge about critical care pharmacy! Thank you Joe for this amazing resource!
    Scott, Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the time commitment? Can I "go at my own pace" and binge to catch up if I fall behind?
A: The Academy is entirely self-paced, so there is no falling behind! Everything is archived and available for you at any time.

Q: Will I lose out if I don't join on the first of the month or year?
A: No, the Academy membership is billed every 30 days (monthly) or 365 days (annual) from when you join, not from the 1st of the month or year.

Q: Can I join for a month and then switch to the annual membership?
A: Yes, monthly members can upgrade anytime and can apply their last payment toward the cost of an annual membership.

Q: I'm leaving community pharmacy for a job in a hospital - can I still join?
A: Yes, many pharmacists who are transitioning into hospital pharmacy have joined the Academy.

Q: Can I join if I am not in the US?
A: Yes, anyone can participate from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection. I am a US based pharmacist and speak to the laws, regulations, and medications that I know.

Q: I'm not a pharmacist - can I still join?
A: Yes, anyone is welcome to join the Academy.  The content is designed for hospital pharmacists and pharmacy residents but some physicians/providers are also members. One physician had this to say when he joined:

Joe, I am a board certified ER doc. I work in a level 2 trauma center. We are the local STEMI, and stroke receiving center. We work pretty closely with our group of clinical pharmacists in our ER. We have developed protocols for DVTs and patients with severe agitation. I have noticed that although we are on the same team, docs and pharmacists don't always look at the things the same. It seems like physicians tend to be more gestalt oriented and pharmacists like numbers and statistics. Obviously bedside medicine is an art and a combination of both of these things appropriately balanced. I stumbled on your podcast while looking for a good up to date pharmacy source and it's excellent. I am hoping to improve and maintain my pharmaceutical knowledge, stay on top of new things, and learn how the pharmacists think so as to build a better rapport to make our department even more effective.

Q: Do you offer refunds?
A: Because you get immediate access to all of the high-quality content within the Academy, there is a strict no-refunds policy.  Membership is based on having Academy access and not based on website usage.  You can cancel your recurring membership at any time before your next payment with two clicks of your mouse to prevent being billed again. 

Q: Are continuing education credits offered?
A: Yes, all of the Masterclass content is included in your membership. You may optionally purchase 6 hours of ACPE credit for the Code Blue and Rapid Response Training Program for the discounted members-only rate of $29 ($4.83 per credit hour). All Masterclasses comply with accreditation standards.

Q: Do you offer institutional group rates?
A: Yes, fill out this form for a quote on a group rate.

Q: Can my hospital pay you directly?
A: Yes, this option is available for the annual or biennial enrollment plan. Send an email to for an invoice and W-9 form.

Q: Can you provide an invoice and/or W-9 form so my hospital will reimburse me?
A: Yes, send an email to to request an invoice and/or W-9 form.

Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: Send an email to and I will be happy to answer it!

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Hear what another Academy member has to say

  • I’m new to critical care and wanted to learn more about it. The Masterclasses help me to refresh my memory, learn new information, and help me to compare what other pharmacists do at different institutions.

    The weekly literature digest helps me in 2 ways. It helps me to stay up to date with current journals and helps me choose what journal I can assign to my APPE students.

    I would definitely recommend the Academy! This is a great program for new pharmacists, residents, and experienced pharmacists who are interested in critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and hospital pharmacy. The price is affordable and it’s worth it to sign up and see if it helps you.

    Pharmacy Joe is very dedicated to his Academy and open to feedback, so everyone can benefit from his Academy.
    Chloe, Clinical Pharmacist

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