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PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

The Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program trains residents to practice as Clinical Pharmacists in the critical care setting, as they gain experience in a broad range of critical care settings, which will allow them to practice in either a mixed critical care unit or a specialized unit. 

The PGY-2 critical care residency consists of a series of learning experiences that span a 52-week period. Specific learning experiences and goals will be accomplished in discrete blocks of time, while others will occur longitudinally throughout the duration of the residency. Residency time will be generally structured as follows:


Residency duration 52 weeks
Orientation / Training  2 weeks
Residency Learning Experiences       50 weeks
Conferences (ACCP, SCCM, ASHP, etc) 1-2 annually
Interviews/Holidays/Time off
14 days plus 3 interview days
(not a continuous block)
Project Days 1 week
(not a continuous block)

Required Rotations (8): 40 weeks

1. Medical ICU1
4 weeks
2. Medical ICU 2
 4 weeks
3. Neuroscience ICU
 4 weeks
4. Surgical ICU 
 4 weeks
5. Cardiothoracic ICU
 4 weeks
6. Cardiology ICU
 4 weeks
7. Emergency Medicine      
 4 weeks
8. Critical Care Nutrition
 4 weeks
9. Immunosuppressed Infectious Diseases  4 weeks
10. Precepting and Teaching 4 weeks

Elective Rotations (4): 10 weeks

  • Pediatric ICU 
  • Burn Critical Care
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Acute Pain Service/Anesthesia
  • Toxicology 
  • Bone Marrow Transplant, ICU focus
  • Other/ Repeat (with Residency Program Director [RPD] approval)


  • Two weekend shifts every third weekend (12 day stretches required) and approximately 1-2 weekday shifts per month.
  • On-call formulary pager coverage (schedule to be determined)
  • Weekend staffing primarily in TPN, day and/or evening critical care/surgery

* Any staffing shift including night shift may be filled at discretion of residency director

PGY2 Critical Care Requirements for Successful Graduation

  1. Educational Presentation/Publications Checklist complete
    a. Clinical case conference (1: 20 – 25 minutes)
    b. Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation (1: 1 hour)
    c. University level lecture (1)
    d. Journal clubs (4)
    e. Nursing in-services (2)
    f. Physician in-services (2)
    g. Submit an abstract and present a project at a state or national meeting
    h. Manuscript appropriate for publication 
    i. Department publication (i.e. Weekly Submission: 1)
    j. Medication Use Evaluation or cost management project (1)
    k. Longitudinal medication safety or quality improvement project (1)
    l. Community service (1) 
  2. Portfolio complete (Completed documents for each checklist item uploaded to resident portfolio)
  3. Cost management and longitudinal project completed 
  4. Achieved at least 80% of ASHP residency objectives (Preceptor marked as "achieved" on at least two occasions or other documentation demonstrating achievement of the objective as evaluated by the RPC/RPD)
  5. Manuscript suitable for publication (Complete manuscript incorporating at least two rounds of preceptor feedback)
  6. Compliant with all pharmacist mandatory requirements (i.e. current pharmacist license in good standing on file, completion of all mandatory training)

The learning experiences will include a series of learning activities designed to expose the resident to many facets of pharmacy practice with guidance from the preceptor. An individual resident plan and calendar will be developed for each resident.

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