PGY-2 Critical Care - Pharmacy - Careers - Eskenazi Health

PGY2 Program Purpose: PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

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:

  • Interact effectively with health care teams to manage critically ill patients’ medication therapy

  • Interact effectively with critically ill patients, family members, and caregivers

  • Collect information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy for critically ill patients

  • Analyze and assess information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy for critically ill patients

  • Design, or redesign, safe and effective patient-centered therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans) for critically ill patients

  • Ensure implementation of therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans) for critically ill patients by taking appropriate follow-up actions

  • For critically ill patients, document direct patient care activities appropriately in the medical record, or where appropriate

  • Demonstrate responsibility to critically ill patients for patient outcomes

  • Manage transitions of care effectively for critically ill patients

  • Facilitate delivery of medications for critically ill patients following best practices and local organization policies and procedures

  • Manage aspects of the medication-use process related to formulary management for critically ill patients

  • Participate in a medication-use evaluation related to care for critically ill patients

  • Identify opportunities for improvement of the medication-use system related to care for critical care patients

  • Identify and/or demonstrate understanding of a specific project topic to improve care of critically ill patients or a topic for advancing the pharmacy profession or critical care pharmacy

  • Develop a plan or research protocol for a practice quality improvement or research project for the care of critically ill patients or a topic for advancing the pharmacy profession or critical care pharmacy

  • Collect and evaluate data for a practice quality improvement or research project for the care of critically ill patients or for a topic for advancing the pharmacy

  • Effectively develop and present, orally and in writing, a final project or research report suitable for publication related to care for critically ill patients or for a topic related to advancing the pharmacy profession or critical care pharmacy at a local, regional, or national conference

  • Demonstrate personal, interpersonal, and teamwork skills critical for effective leadership in the provision of care for critically ill patients

  • Apply a process of ongoing self-evaluation and personal performance improvement in the provision of care for critically ill patients

  • Contribute to critical care pharmacy departmental management

  • Early Commitment: The PGY2 Critical Care Program at Eskenazi Health will decide and communicate to internal residents whether the program will be pursuing early commitment that year.  This does not guarantee an internal resident will be offered early commitment.  Internal PGY1 residents may only apply to early commit to one PGY2 program within Eskenazi Health.

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We invite you to learn more about our program through the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) at ASHP Midyear 2021.


This PGY2 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN is accredited by ASHP.

  • Salary and Benefits

    • $52,000  stipend

    • 29 days paid time off

    • Relocation assistance available

    • Medical, dental and vision insurance available

    • Excellent and diverse work environment

    • Office space with individual computer

    • Lab coat provided

  • Required Activities

    • Meeting the “achieved for residency (ACHR)” level for 100% of the objectives as defined by the program

    • Successful presentation of Pharmacy Grand Rounds

    • Presentation of research project at GLPRC

    • Completion of ASHP organ-system list by June 30

    • Completion of MUE / LUE by June 30

    • Manuscript of research submitted to the RPD by June 15

    • Final report of research by June 25

    • Completion of all required residency evaluations

    • Completion of 12 months of rotations

  • Required Monthly Rotations

    • Burn

    • Clinical Administration

    • Emergency Medicine

    • Medical ICU (two months)

    • Orientation (duration based on experience)

    • Surgical ICU (two months) 

  • Required Longitudinal Rotations

    • Service (distributive staffing)

    • Committee co-chair of a critical care-related committee

    • Longitudinal research project

    • Longitudinal teaching experience

    • Critical Care Journal Club

    • Pharmacy Morbidity and Mortality (M&M)

  • Available Elective Rotations

    • Additional months of any required rotation

    • Acute care transitions of care

    • Antimicrobial stewardship

    • AST critical care hybrid

    • Cardiology

    • Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate (IPTeC) Program (elective based on resident request)

    • Infectious diseases consult service

    • Inpatient psychiatry

    • Neuro ICU (IU Health Methodist)

    • Neurology consult service

    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (IU Health/Riley Hospital for Children)

    • Surgery/anesthesia

    • Toxicology (Indiana Poison Center)

  • 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 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)

    • CE presentations (Pharmacy Grand Rounds, GLPRC Research Presentation)

  • Interdisciplinary Patient Care

    PGY2 Critical Care residents will be exposed to the interdisciplinary 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 interdisciplinary 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 interdisciplinary 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.

  • Application Information

    Requirements for Application: 

    • Curriculum vitae 

    • Pharmacy college transcripts 

    References - Three Letters of Recommendation per PhORCAS Requirements: 

    • Standard reference form (available in PhORCAS)

    • Recommended tips for preceptors when completing Eskenazi Health recommendation form and PhORCAS reference form

    • Program Match Code:  531252

    All applications will be submitted using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

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

    Application due date: Jan. 3, 2022

    A video interview link will be sent out to all applicants completing the PhORCAS application. Applicants will have from Dec. 27, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022 to complete and submit the video interview as part of their application to the PGY1 program.

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

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