PGY2 Critical Care - Pharmacy - Careers - Eskenazi Health

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, 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.

The PGY2 Critical Care 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
  • Use effective presentation and teaching skills to deliver education related to critical care pharmacy

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.

We invite you to learn more about our program through the following events. Dates and times will be forthcoming.

  • Residency Showcase at ASHP Midyear
  • Virtual Informational Interviews scheduled via ASHP CareerPharm Listing - Please see ASHP CareerPharm position listing to request a virtual interview with the RPD and/or RPC and to discuss the program and application process


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

  • Salary and Benefits

    • $56,160  stipend
    • 29 days paid time off
    • Medical, dental and vision insurance available
    • Excellent and diverse work environment
    • Office space with individual computer
    • Relocation assistance may be available
  • 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 a regional conference (preferred regional conference is Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference
    • Completion of co-coordination responsibilities for the Butler Critical Care Pharmacy Elective
    • 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
    • Completion of all required residency evaluations
    • Completion of 52 weeks of rotations
  • Required Monthly Learning Experiences

    • Burn
    • Clinical Administration
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Medical ICU (two months, MICU and MICU Precepting)
    • Orientation (duration based on experience)
    • Surgical ICU (two months, SICU and SICU 2)
  • Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

    • Additional months of any required rotation
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship / ID Critical Care Hybrid
    • Cardiology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Inpatient Psychiatry
    • Neurocritical Care (IU Health)
    • Inpatient Neurology Consult Service
    • Surgery / Anesthesia
    • Toxicology (IU Health / Indiana Poison Center)
  • Available Elective Learning Experiences

    • 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: 

    • Eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Indiana
    • Candidate is completing or has completed an ASHP-accredited or candidate-status PGY1 residency
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Pharmacy college transcripts
    • Letter of Interest
    • Three references utilizing the standardized reference for available in PhORCAS
    • Video interview may be required

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

    Application due date: Jan. 2, 2024

    Program Match Code: 531252

    Eskenazi Health will consider visa sponsorship for eligible applicants.

  • Contact Us

    Questions? Please email us at

    Jessie Whitten, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP – PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director

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