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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 in addition to a highly customized individual plan with numerous elective rotation options (to select, but not limited to):

  • Core Rotations: Orientation, Cardiovascular ICU, Medical/Pulmonary Critical Care, Neurocritical Care, Surgical/Trauma ICU, Emergency Medicine
  • Elective Rotations: Anesthesia, Cardiology, Clinical Administration, Infectious Diseases, Neonatal Intensive Care, Nephrology, Obstetrics, Oncology, Operational Administration, Palliative Care, Pulmonology
  • Longitudinal Experiences: Practice Management (Leadership, Medication Safety, Drug Use Policy, Teaching), Staffing, Research

Program Structure

  • Orientation: 4 weeks
  • Core Rotations (Blocks): 6-8 weeks
  • Elective Rotations (Blocks): 4 weeks
  • Staffing (Longitudinal): 16 weekends (critical care units, emergency department, satellite pharmacy servicing ICU)
  • Practice Management (Longitudinal): includes committee participation, teaching/education (journal clubs, case presentations, grand rounds, critical care appendix), medication use evaluation and order set and/or protocol development/review, and projects as assigned
  • Research (Longitudinal): resident research project

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

Policies and Procedures (including requirements to receive a resident certificate): Please refer to the Policies and Procedures page

Number of Residency Positions Available: 1