Applicant Notice

The Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC) ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program does not plan on enrolling residents for 2024 – 2025.

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to build on the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of critical care clinical pharmacy specialists.

Graduates of the IFMC PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions. Below is a sample curriculum.


I. Orientation & Pharmacist Training

  • Approximately 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) and ENLS scheduled to complete in the fall

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 change according to resident interests.

Required (5 weeks each) Elective (4-5 weeks each)
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

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

This program is on hold for 2024 – 2025.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Award

Inova's pharmacy medication team has been recognized for successful implementation of error-reduction strategies around insulin administration. The ISMP Cheers Awards honor work that is setting a standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events.

The pharmacy medication team collaborated with other disciplines to implement error-reduction strategies, including restricting regular insulin to the IV route, requiring regular insulin prescribing via order sets with dosing limits, linking orders for IV push regular insulin to ensure dispensing of an appropriate needleless luer lock insulin syringe, and including an image of the appropriate syringe to be used for administration in the medication administration record. Learn More