PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency


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.

Additional Program Description

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency program at MUSC is a one-year post-graduate training program designed to prepare critical care specialists. Residents who complete the program are qualified to accept a position and practice in a variety of critical care environments including, but not limited to: medical, surgical-trauma, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, cardiac, emergency medicine, burn, abdominal surgical and transplant. As part of the extensive training residents will receive, they will be able to identify, prevent, and resolve medication-related problems, participate as active members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, provide education to various healthcare providers and patients, conduct effective research and medication-use-evaluations, and demonstrate leadership skills.

Graduating PGY-2 Critical Care residents who successfully complete the one year program will:

  • Effectively coordinate and manage the pharmaceutical care needs of a complex critically ill medical or surgical patient
  • Garner skills required to precept PharmD candidates and PGY-1 pharmacy residents, to develop and modify protocols/guidelines, to present educational series to healthcare staff, to participate as part of a multidisciplinary team, and to conduct effective research

Program Design

The Critical Care residency program is designed to provide the flexibility to adapt to the resident’s specific learning needs and career goals. The training is provided through concentrated clinical rotations and longitudinal experiences.

There are 7 required clinical learning experiences plus a mandatory research month and orientation month for residents coming from PGY1 programs outside of MUSC.

Required Learning Experience and Rotation Length

  • Orientation (July of each year) | 1 month
  • Research (December of each year) | 1 month
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)- Abdominal Intensive Care Unit (AICU)| 2 months
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) | 1 month
  • Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU) | 1 month
  • Transplant (Inpatient) which entails either abdominal or heart-lung transplant | 1 month
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) | 1 month
  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) | 1 month

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • 24-Hour In-House Adult On-call | Longitudinal
  • Operational Staffing | Longitudinal
  • Critical Care Journal Club | Longitudinal
  • Critical Care Lecture Series | Longitudinal
  • Research | Longitudinal
  • Medication Use Evaluation | Longitudinal
    • The resident will lead a medication use evaluation individually in order evaluate and implement measures to improve the quality of the medication-use process.
  • Seminar | Longitudinal
  • Hospital or Pharmacy Committee Involvement | Longitudinal
  • Academic Preparation Program (APP) and Research Certificate
    • Each critical care resident is expected to participate in the APP and research certificate program unless completed as part of their respective PGY1 residency training program

Elective Learning Experiences and Rotation Length

  • Emergency Medicine | 1 month
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) | 1 month
  • Burn ICU | 1 month
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship | 1 month
  • Infectious Diseases Consult | 1 month
  • Internal Medicine | 1 month

Core Preceptors

Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Joe Mazur, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Jaclyn M. Hawn, PharmD, BCCCP

Carolyn Magee Bell, PharmD, BCCCP

Ron Neyens, PharmD

Carolyn Pfeifer, PharmD, BCCCP

Melanie Smith Condeni, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Current Residents

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents

Requirements for Program Completion

  • Attain an “Achieved for Residency” on at least 95% of the required objectives for the program as assessed by the RPD on the last quarterly evaluation (June)
  • The resident must not have any objectives rated as “Needs Improvement” at the time of graduation (June)
  • Completion of the Research Certificate Program if not completed during the PGY-1 year
  • Develop a new or edit a current ICU protocol or guideline
  • Complete all assigned evaluations in PharmAcademic
  • Have adequate knowledge of the core therapeutic areas, disease states, and critical care topics identified in the “Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residencies Appendix”
  • Prepare and present an ACPE-approved continuing education seminar
  • Complete all pharmacy on-call service requirements as assigned
  • Complete all staffing requirements as assigned
  • Present a research project at an approved local, regional, state, or national meeting
  • Prepare a medication use evaluation in a critical care area, and submit an astract for the annual SCCM meeting
  • Prepare a completed manuscript ready for publication in a peer-reviewed biomedical journal

See Appendix A in our Residency Manual for standard requirements for all residency programs.