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PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY-2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY-2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

The PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program at PVHMC is committed and dedicated to training residents. The residency program is designed to provide residents with learning experiences necessary for establishing a foundation in critical care knowledge and the skills to become practice-ready critical care pharmacists, eligible for board certification.

Core learning experiences will provide residents with the foundation and skills to function as the primary Critical Care Pharmacist for the unit and practice areas served. Daily activities include pre-rounding and participation in multidisciplinary rounds, performing all per-pharmacy pharmacokinetics and protocols, reviewing and assessing each patient’s profile and medication therapy, assisting in distribution as needed (order verification, facilitating critical medications), responding to codes, and teaching/precepting students and/or PGY-1 pharmacy residents as assigned. The goal of the core rotations are to provide the resident with a comprehensive experience of the pharmacist’s role in the critical care unit, ultimately preparing the resident to become practice-ready.

We offer foundational critical care core experiences with numerous elective rotation option. Additional elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Required Core Learning Experiences (6 weeks)

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Trauma Critical Care

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences (12 months)

  • Practice Management
  • Research
  • Staffing (16 weekends approximately every third weekend, comprised of two-8 hours shifts on Saturday and Sunday, inclusive of training weekend(s))

Elective Learning Experiences

(2-4 weeks; see below for rotation lengths)

  • Anesthesia*
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery#
  • Clinical Administration*
  • Infectious Diseases#
  • Neonatal Intensive Care/Pediatrics#
  • Nephrology*
  • Outpatient Oncology+
  • Palliative Care*
  • Pharmacy Administration*
  • Pulmonology*
  • Respiratory Therapy*
  • Women’s Services#

Duration of elective learning experiences may vary depending on the type of elective. Minimum duration of elective learning experiences are notated as follows:

  • * minimum 2 weeks, up to 4 weeks
  • + minimum 3 weeks, up to 4 weeks
  • # minimum 4 weeks

Teaching Certificate: Optional, to be discussed on a case by case basis with the RPD

Resident Pay and Benefits: Please refer to the Program Highlights and Benefits page

Minimum Requirements to Receive a Resident Certificate for the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

Residents are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Residency Program. Only those residents who satisfactorily complete the requirements will receive their Residency Certificate as evidence of program completion. Evaluation of the residents’ progress in completing the requirements is done as part of the quarterly review process. The Residency Advisory Committee shall assess the ability of the resident to meet the requirements by established deadlines and work with the resident to assure their satisfactory completion. If a resident is failing to make satisfactory progress in any aspect of the residency program, a corrective action plan shall be developed by the Residency Program Director in conjunction with the preceptor(s).

Requirements for successful completion of the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program include:

  • Successful completion of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program (tracked via PharmAcademic graduate tracking)
  • California Registered Pharmacist Licensure (by program deadline)
  • Active BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification throughout residency
  • Completion of a full-time practice commitment for 12 months (52 weeks)
  • Successful completion of all required learning experiences
  • Achieved for Residency (ACHR) of 100% of all patient care related goals and objectives (ASHP Competency Area R1)
  • Achieved for Residency (ACHR) of at least 90% of all non-direct patient care related goals and objectives (ASHP Competency Areas R2, R3, R4)
  • No final rating of Needs Improvement (NI) for any objective not marked as ACHR by end of the year
  • Completion of staffing component:
    • 16 weekends approximately every third weekend, comprised of two-8 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, inclusive of training weekend(s)
  • Submission of at least one medication event report for each required learning experience
  • Timely submission and completion of all required evaluations on PharmAcademic which includes:
    • Initial and quarterly self-assessments
    • Quarterly Maslach Burnout Inventory
    • Learning experience evaluations
    • Preceptor(s) evaluations
    • Co-signature of all evaluations
  • Documentation of all resident requirements (presentations, certifications, etc.) should be maintained in a “resident notebook”
  • Completion of an exit interview with the Residency Program Director (includes review of resident notebook) at the end of the residency year
  • Completion of required presentations:
    • 3 Journal Clubs
    • 3 Case Presentations/Clinical Forums
    • 2 Grand Rounds
  • Completion of Critical Care Disease State Appendix
  • Completion of Medication Use Evaluation
  • Completion of Monograph or Order Set Review/Development
  • Completion of requirements for residency research project
    • Submission and acceptance of IRB application
    • Collection and analysis of data
    • Submission and acceptance of research project (includes abstract if required, poster and/or slide deck) with presentation at a local, regional, or national conference
    • Acceptable written summary of research project
  • Preparation of a manuscript for publication (research project manuscript qualifies; submission is not required, but highly encouraged)
  • Participation in resident recruitment activities (showcases, open house/tours, applications, interviews, onboarding)