Our critical care pharmacy residency is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Our specialized program consists of 12 months of advanced training and experience. The program allows sufficient flexibility to adapt to the interests and needs of the individual resident, yet provides the basic foundation for quality clinical practice in critical care. Upon completion of this comprehensive program, the resident will be prepared to enter a critical care clinical practice position or a fellowship program. Please note, completed applications are due January 5. Detailed information is provided below.
Purpose of the PGY-2 Program
The postgraduate year 2 (PGY-2) critical care pharmacy residency program at Memorial Health University Medical Center develops accountability, practice patterns, habits, and expert knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities in the respective advanced area of pharmacy practice. It builds upon the broad-based competencies achieved in a PGY-1 residency, deepening the resident’s ability to provide care in very complex cases or in the support of care through practice leadership. The critical care pharmacy residency program also gives residents an opportunity to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated evidence-based experience and knowledge and using those skills to provide improved medication therapy for patients.
Successful completion of the PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residency will prepare candidates for a critical care clinical practice position in a hospital-based environment or a combination of academia and practice affiliated with a college of pharmacy. Residents should also be prepared to earn board certification.
Program Goals and Objectives
Specific goals and objectives will be established based on the resident’s interests and previous experiences and the advisor's input. Goals and objectives of the program align with the ASHP standards of PGY-2 critical care programs. Customized plans are created and maintained for each resident and reviewed no less than quarterly in order to meet the goals and objectives of the program and the resident. The resident will be required to achieve the following outcomes:
Serve as an authoritative expert on the optimal use of medications in the care of patients with critical illness
Optimize the outcomes of patients with acute and chronic diseases in various settings through the expert provision of evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as part of an interdisciplinary team
Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills
Manage and improve the medication-use process for patients with critical illness
Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training and educational activities for healthcare professionals, students, and the public
Participate in the management of medical emergencies
Conduct a research project
Contribute to the body of critical care pharmacotherapy knowledge
Demonstrate additional skills for managing and improving the medication-use process for patients with critical illness
Demonstrate additional training and educational skills
Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting
Stephanie Lesslie, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Applications due through PHORCAS by January 5, 2021
Required core rotations are completed in the following areas:
Trauma ICU (two months), medical ICU (two months), neurosciences ICU, emergency medicine, cardiovascular ICU, and pediatric ICU.
Elective rotations are available in infectious diseases, neonatal ICU, and a repeat of any core rotation.
The completion of a research project and manuscript suitable for publication are required.
An optional Teaching Certificate Program is offered to interested applicants.
About Memorial Health University Medical Center PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC) in Savannah, Georgia, is a 612-bed tertiary care and academic medical center serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and South Carolina. In addition to general medical and surgical services, MHUMC offers a variety of critical care specialty services, including the region's only Level 1 trauma center, tertiary critical care, cardiovascular critical care, neurocritical care, pediatric intensive care, and a 64-bed level III neonatal intensive care nursery. Our pharmacy team provides optimal pharmaceutical care to patients around the clock.