Residency Programs: Critical Care Pharmacy Residency (PGY-2)

The Critical Care (PGY-2) specialty residency provides the resident with critical care experience and training in treating patients followed by the following critical care services: medical, surgical, cardiovascular, cardiovascular surgery, pediatric, neuroscience, trauma (in a Level I trauma center), neonatology (in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), infectious disease and emergency medicine/clinical toxicology. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

As a member of the health care team, the resident assumes responsibility and accountability for safe and appropriate drug therapy and efficient delivery of care to patients. The resident is also involved in the academic, administrative, formulary management, and clinical drug research activities of the department.

Purpose and Goals

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced prac¬tice settings. 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.

The Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency is an organized, directed postgraduate program that centers on developing a mastery of knowledge and an expert level of competency in critical care pharmacy practice. The goals of the UF Health Jacksonville Critical Care Residency Program are to develop the resident’s dedication & skills necessary to:

  • Be a specialized practitioner with the confidence, competence and compassion necessary to provide complex medication and nutrition support recommendations that meets the needs of critically ill patients
  • Be a fully integrated member of the interdisciplinary critical care team
  • Provide safe, effective, and appropriate medication therapy to critically ill patients
  • Effectively educate patients/family members, students and health care professionals regarding critical care medication issues
  • Demonstrate leadership for critical care practice through participation in interdisciplinary committees and planning groups to improve care for critical care patients
  • Conduct research in the critical care environment to improve medication use and pharmacy practice


Due to the active involvement of a highly skilled and motivated team of pharmacy practitioners with a variety of medical services, the resident is provided with a wide range of opportunities and experiences in the provision of patient pharmaceutical care.

Program Structure

The residency program provides training in all aspects of critical care pharmacy practice. To accomplish this, the resident will spend 4 weeks orienting (if new to the organization) or 2 weeks (if early commit) to the department and major hospital departments and then completing core and elective learning experiences which allow the resident enough flexibility to pursue their individual goals. Completion of a research project and Grand Rounds presentation are also required.

  • Orientation Learning Experience (4 weeks if new to UF Health Jacksonville/2 weeks concurrent if early commit)
  • Core Learning Experiences (9) – 4 weeks
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery or Cardiovascular Critical Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Infectious Disease
    • Medical Critical Care
    • Neonatal or Pediatric Critical Care or Transplant
    • Neuroscience Critical Care
    • Nutrition (4 weeks if not completed as a PGY1 here/2 weeks during 1st core if completed as a PGY1)
    • Surgical/Trauma Critical Care
    • Medical Critical Care II (advanced) or Surgical/Trauma Critical Care II (advanced)
      *if completed PGY1 residency at UF Health Jacksonville then 1st learning experience will be 8 weeks (2 weeks nutrition and 6 weeks core learning experience)
  • Elective Learning Experiences (3) – 4 weeks
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery or Cardiovascular Critical Care (if not taken as core)
    • Informatics
    • Neonatal (if not taken as core)
    • Nutrition (if not taken as 4 week core)
    • Psychiatry
    • North Critical Care
    • Surgery
    • Toxicology
      Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability
  • Longitudinal Learning Experiences (3) – 52 weeks each
    • Critical Care Practice
    • Practice Coverage (staffing)
    • Research Project

Program Director

Marci DeLos Santos, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ Cardiology), BCCCP

Program Length

52 weeks, beginning in July


  • Stipend - $52,000
  • 27 days of leave
    • Personal leave - 7 days
    • Holidays - 5 days
    • Professional leave - ASHP Midyear meeting (3 days), Residency Research Conference (2 days), professional conference (5 days), interviews (5 days)
  • 6 research days
  • Health insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Educational and professional travel allowances
  • Dedicated office space
  • Laptop

Application Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the residency program include the following:

  • Graduate from an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency
  • Eligible for licensure in the State of Florida – all residents must take their exams prior to the start of the residency
  • On-site interview
  • For non-resident alien applicants, authorization for employment that is valid through the residency period is required

Application Materials

  • Applicant information
  • Letter of intent
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from three (3) professional sources
  • Official transcript of applicant’s pharmacy coursework and grades

The application deadline is January 5th.

Application materials should be submitted through PhORCAS.

Contact Information

Residency Coordinator
UF Health Jacksonville
Department of Pharmacy
655 West 8th Street, C-89
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Phone: (904) 244-4157
Fax: (904) 244-4272

After the application is complete and reviewed, the residency selection committee will notify selected applicants to arrange an onsite interview.