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Our purpose is to build on a Doctor of Pharmacy education as well as PGY1 pharmacy residency programs. Geisinger is dedicated to the development of clinical pharmacy specialists in critical care. This PGY2 residency provides you with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner. You’ll be conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge while incorporating both into the provision of patient care. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, along with board certification if available.

As a Geisinger Critical Care Pharmacy resident, you’ll receive substantial training and experience. We’ll expect you to innovate and collaborate with other residents and faculty as you gain competency to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care service for patients in critical care. Your strong foundation will help you move into leadership roles in your career while providing compassionate, cost-effective drug therapy for critically ill patients.

The core learning experiences involve education in a variety of intensive care settings, including but not limited to:

  • Medical intensive care
  • Neurologic intensive care
  • Surgical intensive care
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Trauma intensive care
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Emergency medicine

In addition to gaining experience in intensive care settings, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge in unique clinical settings. By gaining knowledge in areas beyond the core learning experiences, you’ll become a well-rounded critical care pharmacist. These elective learning experiences include:

  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Nutrition support in critical care medicine
  • Precepting in critical care medicine
  • Any core learning experience may be repeated as an advanced elective

As a Geisinger Critical Care Pharmacy resident, you’ll also participate in longitudinal learning activities and experiences designed to enrich your educational experience:

  • Adult code and stroke team participation
  • Post intensive care clinic care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Inpatient anticoagulation monitoring and consultation
  • Major research project
  • Medication utilization evaluation project
  • Participation in departmental and health system committee meetings
  • Pharmacokinetic drug monitoring and consultations
  • Pharmacy leadership
  • Formulary management and medication safety
  • Practice management/staffing in the critical care unit
  • Self-assessment and professional performance improvement
  • Teaching certificate

Residency requirements

  • Possession of a valid pharmacist license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy
  • Completion of PGY2 critical care pharmacy R1 goals & objectives with a status of achieved for residency and for >75% of remaining objectives having a status of achieved for residency
  • Presentation of a medication use evaluation project at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and research project at the Eastern States or Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Congress conference
  • Completion of a manuscript for the research project
  • Continuing medical education (CME) presentation at Geisinger’s annual interprofessional pharmacy conference
  • Completion of institutional credentialing programs
  • Completion of staffing requirements