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Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC) offers an ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program that uniquely combines the academic rigor of a university based hospital, the complexities of critical care subspecialty, and the family atmosphere of a community program. The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program builds on the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of critical care clinical pharmacy specialists. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge, incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy.

Graduates of the IFMC PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions. The experience will position the resident to be eligible to attain board certification in critical care. Graduates of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus’s PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program will be empowered to treat a wide range of patients with critical illnesses, function as an integrated member of the interdisciplinary critical care team, exercise leadership in critical care pharmacy practice at a local and healthcare system level, and provide experiential and didactic education to a variety of healthcare professionals and individuals training to be healthcare professionals.

The residency program will also provide teaching opportunities that will develop pedagogical skills in the context of adjunct faculty appointment with affiliated pharmacy schools. An optional teaching certificate program will be available through Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy (which is required for residents who have not previously completed one).

Curriculum

I. Orientation & Pharmacist Training

  • 1 month (July)
  • Comprehensive overview of distributive and clinical services provided by the Department of Pharmacy
  • Electronic Medical Record (i.e., EPIC) training
  • Resident lecture series
  • ACLS and PALS certification if not obtained previously; ATLS (audit)

II. Clinical Rotations

Residents will be exposed to a wide variety of required and elective experiences as well as longitudinal experiences that last the duration of residency. The schedule will be determined by the resident and the residency program director during the orientation period but can always be subject to change.

Required Elective
Cardiac ICU (CICU) Emergency Medicine or Toxicology (National Capitol Poison Center)
Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) Heart and Lung Transplantation, Abdominal Transplant, or Hematology/oncology
Medical/Surgical ICU (MSICU) Infectious Disease
Neuroscience ICU (NSICU) Pediatric ICU (PICU)
Trauma ICU (TICU) Advanced Heart Failure
Advanced ICU*
* Choose two advanced rotation experiences in the Adult ICUs listed above based on resident areas of interest.
 

III. Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • Participation in decentralized staffing (every 3rd weekend)
  • Participation in clinical on call (COC) program (~ every 6th week)

IV. Critical Care Administration (longitudinal)

  • Committee membership and participation
  • Policy and protocol development and revision
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Disaster management

V. Project and Teaching Requirements

  • Research project
    • IRB submission and approval process
    • Poster presentation at national conference(s) (e.g., ASHP Midyear, SCCM)
    • Formal write-up of project suitable for submission to journal for publication
  • Formulary management opportunities (based on need)
    • Medication use evaluation
    • Formulary monograph
  • Staff development
    • Participation in weekly pharmacy conference, including formal case presentations, clinical controversy journal clubs, and an ACPE-accredited seminar for pharmacists
    • Participation in critical care nursing education and training for new hires
  • Student and resident training
    • Co-preceptorship of pharmacy students and PGY-1 residents
    • Faculty appointment at VCU School of Pharmacy - IFMC Campus
    • Participation in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Certificate Program (optional)
    • Didactic lecture with VCU School of Pharmacy Critical Care elective

Virginia Licensure

  • Candidates must be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia
  • Candidates must be licensed in the state of Virginia as pharmacists by July 1 of the incoming residency year

How to Apply

Apply to the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program