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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 and 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

Program

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 pharmaceutical care. Requirements of the program consist of the following core learning experiences:

  • Cardiovascular Critical Care or Cardiothoracic Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medical Critical Care
  • Neonatal or Pediatric or Transplant Critical Care
  • Neuroscience Critical Care
  • Orientation (if new to UF Health Jacksonville)
  • Surgical/Trauma Critical Care
  • Longitudinal – Critical Care Practice and Education
  • Longitudinal – Practice Coverage
  • Longitudinal - Research

* 1st rotation will be 8 weeks in either MICU, NSICU, or SICU (with a 2 week focus on nutrition).

Elective learning experiences include the following:

  • Informatics
  • North Critical Care
  • Nutrition
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery/Trauma
  • Toxicology
  • Any of the core learning experiences (except PICU or transplant)

Other experiences include both hospital and departmental committee participation, completion of a drug monograph or MUE, providing major and minor presentations, and completion of the UF Teaching Certificate Program (optional).

Program Director

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

Program Length

Twelve months, beginning in July

Benefits

  • Stipend
  • 7 days of personal leave
  • 5 paid holidays
  • Professional time for conferences, research and interviews
  • 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
E-mail: pharmacyresidency@jax.ufl.edu

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