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Residency Programs: Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency (PGY-2)

The Emergency Medicine (PGY-2) specialty residency provides the resident with an excellent knowledge base and an expert level of skill in emergency medicine pharmacy practice. This residency program is designed, organized and conducted to be consistent with American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation requirements and to develop the clinical, experiential, interpersonal, communication, and practical skills necessary to excel in the emergency medicine environment.

Purpose and Goals

Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

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 Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency is an organized, directed, second year postgraduate program that centers on developing an excellent knowledge base and an expert level of skill in emergency medicine pharmacy practice. This residency program embraces the concept that emergency medicine pharmacy practitioners share in the responsibility and accountability for optimal outcomes for all patients in the emergency department. The residency provides the opportunity to function independently as a practitioner by integrating accumulated experience, knowledge, dedication, and interpersonal skill to improve pharmacological management for the wide variety of patients treated in the emergency department.

The specific goals of the residency program are to develop residents who can:

  • be a fully integrated member of the interdisciplinary emergency medicine team
  • effectively educate patients/family members, students, and health care professionals regarding medication and/or clinical toxicology issues
  • demonstrate leadership for emergency medicine practice through participation in interdisciplinary committees and planning groups
  • become expert on the myriad of issues pertinent to the practice of emergency medicine, including the pharmacy practitioners role in designing and improving medication distribution systems, minimizing medication errors, and optimizing medication utilization in the chaotic emergency medicine environment
  • conduct research that impacts the practice of emergency medicine

Program

The residency provides the opportunity to function independently as a practitioner by integrating accumulated experience, knowledge, dedication, and interpersonal skill to improve medication therapy management for the wide variety of patients treated in the emergency medicine environment. The resident will have both practice and teaching responsibilities. Longitudinal assignments will include designing and completing a clinical research project.

The residency program is focused on providing training in all aspects of emergency medicine pharmacy practice. Flexibility is provided through a wide array of opportunities and experiences and a variety of excellent elective experiences. The program begins with the orientation learning experience if the resident is new to UF Health Jacksonville and five other core emergency medicine learning experiences are required:

  • Community Emergency Medicine (North) (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine Critical Care I (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine Critical Care II (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Resuscitation/Trauma (8 weeks)

In addition, there are 3 other required learning experiences as follows:

  • Critical Care (Cardiovascular, Medical, Neuroscience, or Surgical/Trauma) (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)
  • Repeat any core, critical care or toxicology (4 weeks)

The resident can select 2 elective learning experiences from the following:

  • Cardiothoracic Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine Transitions
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery/Trauma
  • Repeat any core or required learning experiences

Program Director

Joe Spillane, Pharm.D., DABAT

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.