Our PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency is a one-year postgraduate specialty training program that offers residents an immersive experience in all aspects related to critical care pharmacy after they have completed a PGY1 residency.
The goal of the program is to develop residents into advanced critical care pharmacy practitioners. Residents will become fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary critical care team, learn to manage complex pharmaceutical regimens in a fast-paced environment, complete quality improvement projects, and gain experience in inpatient pharmacy leadership, including committee work and precepting activities.
Residents will complete training in pharmacy operations, required core rotations, and multiple elective rotations during the 12-month residency program. Our residency program partners with Stanford Hospital & Clinics to potentially offer one elective rotation to the critical care pharmacy resident. The rationale for selecting the required rotations is to comply with ASHP standards and ensure that residents will acquire the necessary clinical skills to become effective practitioners of the future. Residents are encouraged to select elective rotations that match their individual preferences and which build upon past experiences. Required rotations and elective rotations are outlined below.
2 weeks Residency Orientation
3 weeks Inpatient Staffing Training (duration may be altered depending on resident’s previous experience)
5 required patient care learning experiences (5 weeks each)
3 elective patient care learning experiences (5 weeks each). Any of the required ICU learning experiences can be repeated again as a general elective.
Teaching Certificate (optional if already completed during PGY1)
Required Learning Experiences
Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU)
Emergency Medicine (ED)
Medical Intensive Care (MICU)
Surgical Intensive Care (SICU)
Select 1 core rotation to repeat (ED, SICU, MICU)
Elective Learning Experiences
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Stanford Hospital & Clinics elective
At the completion of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency, the resident will possess the skills necessary to work as a pharmacist specialist in various critical care specialties and will be prepared to work in clinical, academic, and leadership roles. For more information, please visit our website here.
All applicants must fulfill the following criteria in order to qualify for acceptance into our PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program:
Completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or one in the ASHP accreditation process (i.e. – Candidate Status)
Eligible for licensure in the state of California
Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States
Favorable recommendation letters from clinical facility and/or former employers
Demonstrate collegiality, clinical knowledge, interest in research, and motivation necessary for successful completion of residency training
Demonstrate desire to pursue a career in critical care pharmacy
Completion of an interview with residency program coordinator, residency program director, director of pharmacy services, and preceptors
About County of Santa Clara Health System PGY2 Critical Care Residency
Founded in 1876, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a nationally recognized public health care facility that provides a full range of inpatient, emergency rehabilitation, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, high-risk maternity care, psychiatry, burn intensive care, rehabilitation, and ambulatory services. It is a part of the County of Santa Clara Health System which includes 3 hospitals (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), O’Connor Hospital (OCH), and Saint Louise Regional Hospital (SLRH)), numerous ambulatory health centers and 13 outpatient pharmacies throughout the county. The hospitals are dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient care as well as specialized services. SCVMC is a Level 1 Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center, and STEMI/ Stroke Receiving Center.
Education is a cornerstone of our residency program. We have affiliations with the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, Touro University College of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and other professional schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. SCVMC has been affiliated with the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1970.
As public hospitals, we... are an excellent environment for pharmacy residency training. Our health system provides a variety of challenging training opportunities through the provision of a full range of services to a socioeconomically and culturally diverse patient population. The Department of Pharmacy Services is an integral component in providing progressive pharmaceutical care throughout the health system. Pharmacy staff preceptors have extensive teaching experience, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and hold offices in professional organizations.?