PGY2: Critical Care

The following outline represents general guidelines for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. These guidelines will be tailored to the individual resident, depending on the resident’s previous experience, background, and needs.

I. Clinical Rotations

There will be a maximum of ten months available for rotations (July – orientation; project month). The amount of orientation time is negotiable based on the resident’s past experience. Residents must spend a minimum of one month in each of the required rotations listed below. Additional elective rotations can be selected from either required or elective rotations.

The scheduling process will allow the resident to either “specialize” in a particular area of critical care or receive exposure to a variety of critical care settings.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation – July
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Center for Emergency Care
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Nutrition Metabolic Support
  • Research/Project
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Elective Rotations

The resident will choose from either the required rotations or the following elective rotations:

  • Acute Pain Service/Anesthesia
  • Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
  • Pulmonary Consult Service
  • Renal Consult Service
  • Renal Transplantation/Renal Solid Organ Transplantation Service

II. Research Project

The resident will be required to participate in a drug or drug-related research project. This may be in the form of an original scientific investigation or outcomes study. The individual components of the project include: formulating a research hypothesis, development and approval of a research protocol, designing a timetable for completion of the project and its components, collection and analysis of data, and interpretation of the study results. The resident is expected to present his/her project at a regional pharmacy meeting, and is highly encouraged to present and/or publish the study results in a national forum.

III. Education and Training

PharmD Students

The resident will participate in the clinical and didactic education of Doctor of Pharmacy students during their advanced pharmacy practice experience. The resident will serve as co- and primary preceptor of Doctor of Pharmacy students. The resident also will provide clinical presentations/education on selected topics to Doctor of Pharmacy students on a monthly basis throughout the year. (i.e. sedation/paralysis, hemodynamic monitoring, ARDS, etc.)

In addition to clinical teaching opportunities, the resident will provide two lectures and facilitate two patient case-focused recitation sessions in the Critical Care Therapeutics elective at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.

Speaking Engagement

The resident will present two continuing education seminars (Pharmacy Grand Rounds) to the Department of Pharmacy Services. The resident will present at least one major presentation to an outside group (e.g. Cincinnati Area Pharmacists’ Association, Trauma symposium, Critical Care symposium).

The resident will present the findings of his/her research project to the Department of Pharmacy as well as at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

Hospital Committee Activities

The resident will prepare and present a minimum of one drug monograph for evaluation at a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meeting.

The resident will participate in the Critical Care Journal Club for the Department of Pharmacy Services by leading at least two sessions during the year. The resident also will participate in monthly journal club sessions during rotations.

The resident will participate on a monthly basis in the activities of the SICU or MICU interdisciplinary committees.

IV. Independent Practice

The resident will participate in the clinical pharmacist weekend on-call schedule no more often than every third weekend on average.

V. Administration

Residents receive guidance and supervision from individuals whose qualifications meet or exceed those of the ASHP Standards of Accreditation.

  • Eric W. Mueller, PharmD, FCCM
  • Neil E. Ernst, PharmD – Critical Care
  • Chris A. Droege, PharmD – Critical Care
  • Kristen E. Hillebrand, PharmD, BCPS – Cardiology
  • Nick Parrish, PharmD – Transplant
  • Kiran Sangha, PharmD – Neurosciences
  • Shaun P. Keegan, PharmD, BCPS – Neurosciences
  • Nicole Harger, PharmD, BCPS – Emergency Medicine
  • Jessica Winter, PharmD, BCPS – Critical Care/Emergency Medicine

The resident will meet weekly with the director and other invited guests. They will also meet monthly with the program director to evaluate the progress of the resident in meeting all goals of the residency program.

Contact: Chris Droege, PharmD; Critical Care Specialty Residency Director

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