The PGY2 Emergency Medicine 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 PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program is designed to develop the necessary skills to become an independent and proactive practitioner able to collaborate with a variety of health care providers. The MUSC Health Charleston campus is composed of three Emergency Departments: University Hospital (51 beds; 50,000 visits/year), Ashley River Tower (18 beds; 13,000 visits/year), and Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (20 beds). MUSC Health is a designated Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center (adults and pediatrics), Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Heart & Vascular Center. Training will focus on a wide variety of therapeutic areas including critical care, trauma, surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, cardiology, and ambulatory care.

Program Design

Required Learning Experiences

  • Pharmacy Orientation (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (with varying foci)
    • Introduction to Resuscitation and Emergency Management (1 month)
    • Trauma and Surgery (1 month)
    • Critical Care (1 month)
    • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
    • Mass Casualty Response and Preparation (1 month)
    • Advanced Topics in Resuscitation and Emergency Management (1 month)
  • Pediatric Emergency Department (1 month)
  • Toxicology (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine Practice Management and Quality Improvement Initiatives (1 month)

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • On-Call and after-hours coverage (12 months)
  • Medication Use Evaluation (6 months)
    • The resident will participate in small-group medication use evaluations to evaluate and implement measures to improve the quality of the medication-use process.
  • Research Project (12 months)
    • The resident will complete a research project during the residency year. Project ideas will be generated by care team members of MUSC Health or the resident to address clinical and operational needs for Pharmacy Services and patients at MUSC Health. The resident will present the results of their project at a local, state, regional, or national meeting, and they must write a manuscript suitable for publication describing the results of their project.
  • Emergency Medicine Staffing (12 months)
    • Residents will gain clinical experience providing autonomous coverage throughout the year as the clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department. The resident will staff 12 weekends throughout the year and cover the Emergency Department at University and Ashley River Tower. Activities include, but are not limited to, order verification, culture follow-up, providing bedside care, responding to emergency codes, strokes, traumas, and STEMIs, and delivering patient education.

Selective Learning Experiences

  • Critical Care (must choose 2)
    • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (1 month)
    • Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (1 month)
    • Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (1 month)
    • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (1 month)

Selective Teaching/Presentation Experiences (30-60 minutes)

  • ACPE-accredited Seminar (required)
  • Research Project (required)
  • Emergency Medicine Physician Conference
  • Critical Care Lecture Series
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • On-Call Case Conference

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

Core Preceptors

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

Kelsey Billups, PharmD, BCPS

Chara Calhoun, PharmD, BCPS

Abby Pollander, PharmD, BCCCP

Jimmy L. Pruitt III, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist

Liz LaScala, PharmD, BCPS

Current Resident

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residents

Requirements for Program Completion

  • All PGY-2 residents have their PGY-1 residency certificate on file
  • Obtain active certification from the American Heart Association as ACLS/PALS provider
  • 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
  • Completion of the Research Certificate Program if not completed during the PGY-1 year
  • Develop a new or edit a current Emergency Medicine Protocol or Workflow
  • Complete all assigned evaluations
  • Have adequate knowledge of the core therapeutic areas, disease states, and emergency medicine topics identified in the “Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for Emergency Medicine PGY-2 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 research project at an approved local, regional, state, or national meeting
  • Prepare a completed manuscript ready for publication in a peer-reviewed biomedical journal