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PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency

The best time to apply is right now.

The ECU Health Medical Center PGY2 Infectious Diseases (ID) Pharmacy Residency offers rotations in a variety of settings including the adult antimicrobial stewardship program, adult ID consult rounding services, HIV/ID clinic, clinical microbiology and the outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) program. ECU Health has a formal antimicrobial stewardship program that has been in place for over 20 years. The program serves the large academic medical center in Greenville, North Carolina as well as the community hospitals affiliated with ECU Health and located across eastern North Carolina. The PGY2 ID resident will gain experience taking care of patients in both settings. Through the antimicrobial stewardship program, the resident will work collaboratively with ID trained pharmacists and providers. Routine patient care consists of prospective audit with feedback, management of antimicrobial restrictions and responding to rapid molecular blood culture results. The resident will also help manage the antimicrobial formulary, create hospital antibiograms, analyze antimicrobial use data and oversee a variety of guidelines and resources that serve the ECU Health system. The ID division affiliated with ECU Health offers the resident opportunities such as inpatient consult rounding, ambulatory clinic visits and collaboration with the ID Fellow program. A formal OPAT program also provides the resident with exposure to the transitions of care involved with complete ID management.

The PGY2 ID resident will be involved with the multi-disciplinary Antimicrobial Utilization and Stewardship Subcommittee (AUSS) of the ECU Health System P&T. They will also regularly attend ID case conference, ID journal club, infection control committee meetings and other regulatory/quality committee meetings. In addition, the program offers teaching opportunities with pharmacy students from Campbell University and the University of North Carolina, infectious diseases fellows, medical/surgical residents, PGY1 pharmacy residents, nurses, and allied health professionals.

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Requirements

Requirements and Structure

The program follows the accreditation standards set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). It provides in-depth training on core practice concepts in ID and broad exposure to a variety of ID practice settings. The ASHP and SIDP required competency areas, goals, and objectives document also provides a list of key disease states and topics that will be covered during this ID PGY2 residency.

Applicants must be graduates of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy and be participating in or completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program (or one with candidate status). Applicants must also be eligible for licensure in North Carolina.

The PGY2 Program includes the following rotation experiences as listed below:

  • Required Experiences

    The following ten months are required:

    • Orientation (1-4 weeks)
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program 1 (4 weeks)
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program 2 (4 weeks)
    • Infectious Diseases Consults Rounding Service: General (2-4 weeks)
    • Infectious Diseases Consults Rounding Service: Cancer/Cardiac (2-4 weeks)
    • Infectious Diseases Consults Rounding Services: General + Cancer/Cardiac (4 weeks)
    • Clinical Microbiology (2 weeks)
    • HIV/ID Clinic (4 weeks)
    • Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (4 weeks)
    • QI or Research Project Month (4 weeks)
  • Elective Experiences

    Elective experiences can include any of the following, to include a total of 3 months of additional rotation experience:

    • Infectious Diseases Consults Rounding Services: General + Cancer/Cardiac Elective (2-4 weeks)
    • Hematology and Oncology (2-4 weeks)
    • Kidney/Pancreas Transplant (2-4 weeks)

    Pediatric ID Consults Rounding Service is not a formal elective, but can have a 1-2 week shadowing experience.

  • Longitudinal Experiences

    QI or Research Project
    Residents will complete a longitudinal quality improvement or research project during the residency year. Projects are designed to answer discrete clinical questions and produce results suitable for presentation and publication. A four-week rotation experience is incorporated within the residency year to aid in project completion. Dissemination of results through poster presentation is required, at an approved pharmacy or ID meeting. Journal publication is encouraged but not required for the completion of residency. However, completion of a manuscript suitable for publication is required.

    Committees and Presentations
    The PGY2 ID resident will serve as a member of and secretary for AUSS (meets monthly); manage antimicrobial stewardship program activities including quarterly evaluation of workload, outcomes, and antimicrobial use data from NSHN; prepare or revise a drug class review or monograph; prepare or revise a treatment guideline or protocol; collaborate on medication use issues; participate in medication safety event reporting and review; present a one-hour CE to the pharmacy staff; present a 30-minute journal club to the multidisciplinary ID group; present a one-hour presentation at the multidisciplinary ID case conference; present a one-hour preceptor development presentation to the pharmacy staff; precept at least one pharmacy learner during their residency year; and participate in other presentation/precepting opportunities as they arise or are desired. Enrollment in a teaching certificate program is optional and only if teaching certificate not obtained during PGY1 residency.

    Staffing
    The staffing experience will be composed of about 10 week-long blocks staffing in the antimicrobial stewardship program.

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Benefits

Benefits

Resident Stipend: Approximately $54,000
Resident Benefits:

  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Dental and vision plan
  • 25 days of PTO
  • Educational leave
  • Travel allowance for selected meetings

Application Process

The PGY2 program without early commitment from current PGY1s, will hold a virtual open house on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6-7 p.m. Other sessions may be held. Session link: https://vidanthealth.webex.com/vidanthealth/j.php?MTID=m7c0d3b34ca98bd1e6ac1d28e5137f7c4.

All materials must be submitted through ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Three professional references are required, with each completing a minimum of 10 of the available comment fields. A separate letter of recommendation is not required. Selection of applicants is based upon academic performance, relevant experience, candidate goals, strength of references and on-site interview. Some applicants may be screened by phone on a rolling basis.

Unless an alternative approach is required by ASHP, the program will conduct both onsite and virtual interviews, depending on candidate preference.

Apply Now

Applications are due Jan. 2, 2024.

For Additional Information

Nicole C. Nicolsen, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program Director
ECU Health Medical Center
Phone: 252-847-2321
Email: [email protected]