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Inova Fairfax Medical Campus offers a pre-accreditation status 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 program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency program in order to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacy specialists in critical care. The residency program will also provide teaching opportunities that will develop pedagogical skills in the context of adjunct faculty appointment with affiliated pharmacy schools. A well-rounded critical care experience is provided with experiences in neuroscience, trauma, medical, cardiac, cardiovascular surgery, and pediatric intensive care units.

Graduates of the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC) PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program will be empowered to treat and appropriately triage a wide range of critically ill patients. Emphasis is placed on the provision of bedside care with graduates being well equipped to function as an integrated member of the interdisciplinary critical care team. In addition, the resident will acquire the experiences necessary to exercise leadership in critical care pharmacy practice at a local and health-care system level and provide experiential and didactic education to a variety of healthcare professionals and those training to be healthcare professionals.


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; 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
Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) Heart and Lung Transplantation
Medical/Surgical ICU (MSICU) Infectious Disease
Neuroscience ICU (NSICU) Hematology/Oncology
Trauma ICU (TICU) Pediatric ICU (PICU)
Advanced ICU 1*  
Advanced ICU 2*  

* Advanced ICU 1 and 2: A second/advanced experience in one of the required rotations.

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)

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