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Pharmacy - PGY2

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The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency is an ASHP-accredited program that offers rotations in a variety of settings including Medicine ICU, Surgical/Trauma ICU, Cardiac ICU, Cardiovascular Surgery ICU, Neurosciences ICU, Pediatric ICU and the Emergency Department. Pharmacists provide clinical services in each of the 24-bed ICUs and the 58-bed Emergency Department. As a Level I Trauma Center and regional referral center, our institution provides advanced critical care services throughout the region and ensures that residents encounter a variety of critically ill patients. Additionally, the East Carolina Heart Institute provides mechanical circulatory support services to patients including durable LVADs and ECMO.

Critical care pharmacists and the PGY2 Critical Care Residents serve as members on a variety of institutional committees including Critical Care Matrix, Code Blue, Stroke, Trauma and Mechanical Circulatory Support/LVAD. They also provide education to pharmacy students, medical and surgical residents, and nursing staff.

Pharmacy - PGY2 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 critical care and broad exposure to a variety of critical care practice settings.

Applicants must be graduates of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy and have successfully completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency or have equivalent experience. Please contact the RPD to discuss equivalent experience prior to application. 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 eight months are required:

    • Orientation
    • Medicine ICU
    • Trauma/Surgery ICU
    • Cardiac ICU
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Pediatric or Neonatal ICU
    • Cardiac and Vascular Surgery ICU or Neuro Surgical ICU
    • Research
  • Elective Experiences

    Elective experiences can include an additional month in any of the required experiences and any of the following experiences to include a total of four months of additional rotation experience. Residents may also choose to take up to two split rotational months divided into two week rotational blocks and those opportunities are indicated below:

    • Cardiac
      • Heart Failure/Mechanical Circulatory Support (2 week option)
    • Critical Care
      • Cardiac ICU
      • Cardiovascular ICU
      • Medicine ICU
      • Neurosciences ICU
      • Neonatal ICU
      • Pediatric ICU
      • Second Shift Critical Care
      • Trauma/Surgery ICU
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Infectious Disease
      • Antimicrobial Stewardship (2 week option)
      • Consult Services (2 week option)
    • Nephrology Consults (2 week option)
    • Nutrition Support (2 week option)
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2 week option)
    • Transplant Medicine

    Any Required Experiences

    • Nutrition
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship (2 week option)
    • Heart Failure/Mechanical Circulatory Support (2 week option)
    • Nephrology Consults (2 week option)
    • Nutrition Support (2 week option)
    • Second Shift Critical Care
    • Transplant
  • Longitudinal Experiences

    Residents will complete a longitudinal research project in addition to a medication use evaluation during the residency year. Projects are designed to answer discrete clinical questions and produce results suitable for presentation and publication. A month long rotation experience is incorporated within the residency year to aid in project completion.

    Practice Management
    Residents work in conjunction with pharmacy administrators on a variety of initiatives throughout the pharmacy department and institution. These include medication initiatives for safety and cost savings and opportunities related to interdisciplinary committee involvement.

    Completion of a teaching certificate program through Campbell University School of Pharmacy is available for residents not completing this experience during their PGY1 year. Teaching activities include precepting students and a variety of didactic experiences including lectures in the Critical Care Elective at Campbell University College of Pharmacy, Trauma Grand Rounds, Pharmacy Grand Rounds, Continuing Education for the Eastern NC Region, and inservices to medical and nursing staff.

    Hospital Pharmacy Practice Experience
    Pharmacy practice experiences include staffing according to needs of the department and average to approximately one 8-hour shift per week. This typically involves one weekday evening shift per week.

Pharmacy - PGY2 Benefits-Apply


Resident Stipend: Approximately $54,000
Resident Benefits:

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

Application Process

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.

Apply Now

2022-2023 Application Deadline – Monday, January 2, 2023

For Additional Information

Lauren Chambers, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY2 Residency Program Director
ECU Health Medical Center
Phone: 252-847-4481
Email: [email protected]