Department of Pharmaceutical Services

Critical Care (PGY2)

The purpose of the PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency is to develop and refine clinical, leadership, research management, quality assurance, and teaching skills within the practice of critical care.  Upon completion of the PGY2 Critical Care Residency, graduates should be well-prepared to enter clinical practice as a critical care clinical specialist, associate or affiliate clinical faculty member, or to pursue critical care fellowship training.

Training focuses on a full range of disease states, disorders, and procedures, along with the literature behind the medication management of such conditions.  Rotations are designed to ensure experience is gained with the highest acuity patients in each sub-specialty area.  Clinical knowledge needed to obtain board certification within the practice specialty is provided.  Graduates are able to conduct research independently in the critical care environment and should be confident educators in the multidisciplinary and pharmacy training environment. 

Core Rotations:
Trauma Intensive Care
Surgical Intensive Care
Medical Intensive Care
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Nutrition Support
Elective Rotations:
Burn Intensive Care
Infectious Diseases
Medical Oncology
Solid Organ Transplant
Pediatric Intensive Care
Neonatal Intensive Care
All rotations are four weeks in duration. A four week block will be designated as a transitional period dedicated to project time and meeting attendance. The resident's schedule is flexible in order to allow the resident to meet his/her career goals and interests.   
Hospital Pharmacy Practice
The resident will work in a guided hospital practice scheduled every fourth weekend and on selected holidays. The staffing schedule will include a combination of operational and clinical service responsibilities. 
Research Project:
The resident will conduct a research project over the course of the residency year. This project will include idea development, literature review, study design, IRB submission, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, oral presentation and a written manuscript. A pharmacy and physician research mentor will assist in the development and presentation of the project.  
Program Details:

Application Information:  
Number of Positions: One     Residency starting date: July 5
Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593*

*info has not been verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,
PGY1 pharmacy residency certificate, licensure in Tennessee

Submit application in PhORCAS application portal by Jan 1 deadline    

Susan Hamblin  PharmD, BCPS, Program Director
Telephone: 615.322.1052
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Pharmaceutical Services
1211 Medical Center Drive    B131 VUH
Nashville, TN  37232-7610

Institutional Information
Private nonprofit hospital/clinic    .    Teaching/Tertiary Model
Professional Staff = 150    .     Non-professional staff = 220
Total Beds = 1065    .     Average Daily Census = 877

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