Jefferson University Hospitals

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care

The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care is designed to develop a well-rounded critical care practitioner and effective clinical instructor who can provide high-level clinical care in a variety of ICU settings and effectively share their knowledge and promote learning among students.

This will be achieved through participation in multidisciplinary and independent patient care activities combined with teaching and research opportunities within the realm of critical care.

Apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

 

Thank you for your interest in the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  This residency is designed to develop clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a critical care pharmacy specialist.  

The focus of our residency program is clinical practice, involving experiences with multiple interdisciplinary critical care teams in a variety of ICU environments.  Residents will develop skills in managing drug therapy for patients with multiple disease states in the critical care setting; educating pharmacy, medical, and nursing students; and participating in clinical research.  The program is extremely flexible and elective experiences can be chosen to complement the individual resident’s career goals.

Throughout the residency year you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients in a variety of environments
  • Participate on multidisciplinary work groups to develop leadership and practice management skills
  • Conduct a medication use evaluation to determine the appropriateness of medications used in the critical care realm
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education program to pharmacy staff
  • Participate in and provide learning activities (lectures, in-services, preceptorship, etc.) for pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff at all levels of training
  • Design, conduct, and present a research project
  • Design, research, and present a poster suitable for presentation at a professional meeting
  • Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Attend professional conferences related to critical care
  • Become involved in national and local professional organizations
  • Develop and enhance personal skills, including time and stress management as well as written and verbal communication

In addition to the clinical component of the program, there is a required service component that extends the residency commitment beyond the forty-hour week.  Much of the service experience is spent serving as pharmacist-in-charge; performing the administrative functions and overseeing the clinical services provided by the department.

The residency will begin around July 1st. As an accredited PGY2 program, this Residency is listed with the ASHP Residency Matching Program.  Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews in late January and throughout February.  Qualified candidates must have completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1).

Again, thank you for your interest in our program.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further information.

Sincerely,

Cara McDaniel, PharmD., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
Program Director, PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care
Advanced Practice Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Cara.McDaniel@jeffersonhospital.org
(215) 955-4209

Want to learn more about the Jefferson Specialized Residency in Critical Care? Please contact:

Cara McDaniel, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
Advanced Practice Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care

(215) 955-4209
Cara.McDaniel@jefferson.edu
(215) 923-3316 fax

Via Mail:
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Gibbon Building, Suite 2260
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5098

Do I need to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Attendance at the ASHP Midyear Meeting is not required. However, Pharmacy Staff will be available at the meeting to answer questions and provide additional information about the program. Whether or not you attend the Midyear, do not hesitate to contact the program director for more information.

What are the requirements for application to the Specialized Residency in Critical Care?

  • Online application via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Letter of interest
  • Official transcript(s) from an accredited School of Pharmacy
  • PharmD from an accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Three letters of recommendation in addition to the required PhORCAS Reference Template At least one recommendation must be from a clinical preceptor. (Letters of recommendation can be inserted into comment fields provided in the PhORCAS Reference Template.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Successful completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Pharmacy licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (expected to be obtained as soon as possible)

When are applications due?

Completed applications are due by December 29, 2017. After reviewing all completed applications, interviews will be scheduled with selected candidates throughout January

How many residency positions are available?

There is one critical care pharmacy residency position available.

When does the residency start?

The residency begins on or around July 1.

What kinds of experiences can I expect to have as a Critical Care Resident at Jefferson?

Throughout the residency year you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients in a variety of environments
  • Participate on multidisciplinary work groups to develop leadership and practice management skills
  • Conduct a medication use evaluation to determine the appropriateness of medications used in the critical care environment
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education program to pharmacy staff
  • Participate in and provide learning activities (lectures, in-services, preceptorship, etc.) for pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff at all levels of training
  • Design, conduct, and present a residency project
  • Design, research, and present a poster suitable for presentation at a national meeting
  • Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Attend professional conferences related to critical care
  • Become involved in national and local professional organizations
  • Develop and enhance professionals skills, including time and stress management as well as written and verbal communication

What experiences are required or available to the resident?

Required rotations include:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease Consult Service
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurosensory Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgical Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Elective experiences include, but are not limited to:

  • Acute Pain Consult Service 
  • Anticoagulation Consult Service
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Heart Failure / Transplant Service
  • Intensive Care Unit in Community Hospital Setting
  • Medical Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Writing
  • Nephrology Consult Service
  • Nutrition Consult Service
  • Solid Organ Transplantation

Longitudinal Experiences include:

  • Member of several multidisciplinary work groups related to the care of critically ill patients
  • Teaching and precepting responsibilities
  • Participation as a member of the Code Blue team
  • Completion of a residency project
  • Service commitment to the Department of Pharmacy

How is the residency coordinated?

A Residency Advisory Committee, including staff members who are former residents, provides overall direction for the program. The Residency Program Director coordinates experiences in various clinical settings precepted by clinical specialists or experts in that area. The selection and sequencing of elective rotations is based on the individual resident’s needs and career goals. To obtain more information about the Specialized Residency in Critical Care, interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program director.

What is the size of the Pharmacy Department? How is it organized?

The Pharmacy Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) consists of approximately 100 full-time pharmacists and 89 full-time supportive personnel (pharmacy technicians and clerks). A sizable part-time staff increases the department’s resources to nearly 200 employees.

The department consists of a large centralized pharmacy and select decentralized services that are responsible for providing comprehensive pharmacy services to the approximately 660 beds at our flagship hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The department also consists of a well-established Investigational Drug Service that participates in numerous inpatient and outpatient protocols and a Drug Information Center that services practitioners throughout the Jefferson Health System. The department staffs outpatient pharmacies at three convenient on-campus locations.

Is workspace provided to the resident?

Yes, the resident is provided with his or her own desk equipped with a personal computer. On the PC, the resident is able to gain access to the hospital computer network including patient profiles and laboratory data, drug information references, email, and standard office applications (Microsoft Office®).

What is the staffing requirement of the residency?

Currently, the critical care pharmacy resident staffing commitment consists of:

  • One evening every two weeks
  • Approximately every 4th weekend
  • One holiday per year
  • Code Blue coverage every two weeks

What is the stipend & what benefits are offered?

The stipend for the upcoming year is expected to be approximately $57,000, paid bi-weekly over a period of 26 pay periods. The benefits package includes: health insurance, vacation days and paid days off for weekends and holidays worked, holidays, meal allowance, discounts on parking and public transportation, lab coat and travel reimbursements.

What teaching opportunities exist?

The pharmacy department is committed to providing numerous educational programs to a variety of healthcare professionals. Residents are required to prepare and present lectures to the pharmacy department as well as medical and surgical critical care staff, an educational poster at a professional conference, and research findings to local critical care pharmacy peers. In addition, residents are required to provide formal in-services or case presentations on all required rotations. Residents will also precept undergraduate APPE pharmacy students in addition to co-precept and mentor TJUH PGY1 Pharmacy residents.

Opportunities also exist at TJUH and the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) for residents to further develop a broad range of teaching skills. Elective opportunities include formal didactic lectures to JSP students, serving as a Pharmacy Practice lab instructor at JCP, and participating in or providing various educational activities to healthcare professionals.

Is licensure in Pennsylvania required?

Yes, residents are expected to become licensed in Pennsylvania by September 1, 2017. Licensure permits the resident to accept full responsibility and accountability for the care of patients, an essential outcome of residency training. Delays in becoming licensed in Pennsylvania jeopardize the resident's ability to meet the residency program outcomes.

Please note: The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy requires completion of at least 1,500 intern hours of which a maximum of 1,000 intern hours may be earned through an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy's academic program. At least 500 intern hours must be earned outside of school and in a licensed pharmacy. The Board may accept the full-time practice of pharmacy for one year in another U.S. state or the completion of a one-year pharmacy residency program in lieu of required intern hours. We encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting, and transfer of intern hours as well as Pennsylvania licensure requirements (www.dos.pa.gov/pharm). Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Meet Our PGY Critical Care Pharmacy Resident

Alquist

Samantha Ahlquist. Sam attended pharmacy school at Northeastern University. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. I chose to complete my PGY2 residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital because of the diverse patient population it serves and its strong critical care program.