The Eskenazi Health ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Residency prepares residents to successfully manage the pharmacotherapy of critically ill patients and demonstrate effective leadership skills. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be qualified to practice as a critical care clinical pharmacy specialist, clinic staff pharmacist or faculty member.

Defined as organized and directed postgraduate training in critical care pharmacy, the PGY2 program is designed to help residents gain knowledge in pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, drug utilization and the pathophysiology of critically ill patients as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team. The residents’ training sites include, but are not limited to, the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health, Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health and the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health, one of the busiest emergency departments in the state of Indiana.

Upon completion of the PGY2 residency program, residents shall be able to practice as a specialist in critical care pharmacotherapy by achieving the following outcomes:

  • Exhibit the essential personal skills of a practice leader
  • Contribute to the critical care practice area’s leadership and management activities
  • Establish collaborative professional relationships with other members of the interdisciplinary critical care team
  • Prioritize the delivery of care to critically ill patients
  • Act in accordance with a covenantal relationship with the patient
  • Collect and analyze pertinent patient information
  • Design evidence-based therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans for critically ill patients
  • Recommend regimens and monitoring plans for critically ill patients
  • When appropriate, implement selected aspects of critical care patients’ regimens and/or monitoring plans
  • Evaluate critically ill patients’ progress and redesign regimens and monitoring plans
  • Communicate ongoing patient information and document direct patient care activities appropriately
  • Provide effective education or training to health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  • Conduct a critical care practice research project using effective project management skills
  • Participate in the management of medical emergencies
  • Salary and Benefits

    • $44,000 stipend
    • 28 days paid time off
    • Medical insurance available
    • Excellent and diverse work environment
    • Office space with individual computer
    • Lab coat provided
  • Required Activities

    • Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation
    • Critical care pharmacy research project with manuscript for publication
    • Presentation of residency project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference
    • Completion of the ASHP-provided list of organ systems-related topics
    • Multiple departmental and hospital-wide meetings as assigned
  • Required Monthly Rotations

    • Burn
    • Emergency medicine
    • Medical ICU (two months)
    • Orientation (as needed based on experience)
    • Surgical ICU
    • Trauma (SICU & Trauma Team)
  • Required Longitudinal Rotations

    • Service (distributive staffing)
    • Committee co-chair of a critical care-related committee
    • Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate (IPTeC) Program (elective based on resident request)
    • Longitudinal research project
    • Longitudinal teaching experience
    • Indianapolis Critical Care Journal Club
    • Pharmacy Morbidity and Mortality
  • Teaching Activities

    PGY2 Critical Care residents will participate in teaching activities within Eskenazi Health Pharmacy. The resident may also be involved with teaching activities made available through Purdue University, Butler University and IUPUI, including nursing in-services, surgery resident monthly lecture series, MICU resident monthly lecture series, pharmacy in-services, nursing orientation classes, Purdue and/or Butler Critical Care pharmacy electives or didactic lectures.

    Teaching activities may also include but are not limited to:

    • Co-precepting pharmacy interns and/or pharmacy students on experiential rotations
    • Small group facilitation
    • Supervising/facilitating practical or lab courses
    • Evaluating oral presentation skills
    • Participating in didactic coursework, teaching experiences, formal presentations and teaching portfolio development for the Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate (IPTeC) Program (elective based on resident request)
    • Co-precepting PGY1 residents along with the assigned preceptor (PGY2 residents will not serve as primary preceptors for any rotation experience)
    • Trauma/critical care monthly M&M (opportunities may arise based on needs)
    • Interprofessional education (IEMS Simulation Lab, Trauma Resuscitation Lab)
  • Multidisciplinary Patient Care

    PGY2 Critical Care residents will be exposed to the multidisciplinary health care team frequently throughout required and elective rotations. During the required rotations of MICU 1, MICU 2, SICU, Trauma and Burn, the resident will be required to participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, which may include participants from medicine/surgery, nursing, nutrition support services, respiratory therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and case management.

    Residents will also be exposed to multidisciplinary groups and decision-making through the committee co-chair experience, longitudinal research project and various other performance improvement projects that are assigned throughout the residency year. During the longitudinal staffing rotation, the resident will work in a de-central role and interact closely with front-line members of the above disciplines in answering drug information questions and helping to troubleshoot drug therapy problems as they arise.

  • Available Elective Rotations

    • Additional months of any required rotation
    • Cardiovascular ICU (IU Health Methodist)
    • Clinical administration
    • Infectious diseases
    • Inpatient psychiatry
    • Neuro ICU (IU Health Methodist)
    • Nutrition support
    • Pediatric ICU (IU Health Riley)
    • Solid organ transplant (IU Health University or IU Health Methodist)
    • Surgery/anesthesia
    • Toxicology (Indiana Poison Center)
  • Application Information

    Requirements for Application:

    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official college transcripts
    • Eligible for Indiana licensure

    For the 2017-2018 residency year, all applications will be submitted using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

    *** No postmarked application materials will be accepted. ***

    Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an on-site interview.

  • Program Director

    Jessica Whitten, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
    Director - PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Adult Critical Care
    Office: 317.880.4439 

  • Program Coordinator

    Andrew Fritschle-Hilliard, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
    Coordinator - PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Adult Critical Care
    Office: 317.880.4437