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PGY2 Critical Care Residency Overview

Mission Statement

The PGY2 Critical Care residency program is designed to develop competencies necessary for specialized practice in critical care pharmacotherapy. The primary focus of the residency is the enhancement of clinical skills. Upon completion of this residency, graduates will be prepared to lead practice as a critical care pharmacotherapy specialist.

Program Overview Residents working in the lab

With over 140 adult intensive care unit beds and a singular focus of providing the best care to the critically ill, TGH is fertile ground for the training of well-equipped leaders in critical care pharmacotherapy. Areas of excellence in critical care at TGH include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Regional level 1 trauma center serving West Central Florida
  • Pulmonary medicine program
  • Emergency department
  • Neuroscience center
  • Regional burn center verified by the American Burn Association / American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified burn center
  • Regional digestive disorders center
  • Cardiovascular center
  • Bariatric surgical program

These are but some of the areas of excellence that this academic medical center has to offer the PGY2 Critical Care resident. Group of pharmacy staff walking in hallway The PGY2 Critical Care resident will be an integral part of the health care team for each service, providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care services, including pharmacotherapy consults, pharmacokinetic analysis, drug information and intensive monitoring of each patient on service.  The resident will also gain a true competence in the management of medical emergencies through active involvement with the pharmacy department’s response to code blue (cardiac and respiratory arrest) and anesthesia stat alerts. The program director, five core preceptors, and nine elective preceptors involved in the training of the PGY2 Critical Care resident have a proven commitment to training pharmacists in the management of the critically ill.  Their backgrounds represent a diverse mix of experiences and training:

  • American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) Fellowship Induction
  • Specialty residency training (e.g., critical care, nutrition support, emergency medicine, solid organ transplantation, pediatrics)
  • Pharmacy practice residency training
  • Board certification

In addition to a focus on direct patient care, preceptors are involved in scholarly activities such as scientific journal peer review (e.g., Critical Care Medicine, Pharmacotherapy), active textbook and journal publication, platform and poster presentations, and research in the management of acutely/critically ill patients.  These practitioners are actively involved with local, state, national and international professional organizations (e.g., Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Critical Care Medicine).

Teaching Physician teaching residents in a classroom setting

Residents completing this residency program will be competent educators in pharmacy practice. The program provides various opportunities for one to develop effective teaching skills to pharmacy students, medical residents, pharmacists, and physician groups. Residents will serve as co-preceptors for pharmacy student rotations, participate in pharmacy staff development programs and provide pharmacy presentations to the medical residency and nursing staff. A teaching certificate program is offered thru the University of South Florida.

Scholarly Activity

Residents completing this residency program will be competent in scholarly activities through active participation in both service/research project management and publication. Residents will complete a service or research project and submit a manuscript for publication in a biomedical journal prior to graduation. Residents may present their projects at the following meetings:

  • Vizient Pharmacy Council Meeting
  • ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Conference
  • Optional: Florida Residency Conference (FRC)

Staffing Responsibilities Resident in the lab /p>

Residents are trained to independently function as a decentralized, unit-based clinical pharmacists supporting both the pharmacotherapy consult and pharmacy practice service at TGH for critically ill patients. The role and responsibilities of a decentralized, unit-based clinical pharmacist is to support all pharmaceutical services for the patient care area assigned and may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Verifying pharmacy orders
  • Supporting the pharmacotherapy consult service including pharmcokinetic dosing of medication therapy to include, but not limited to aminoglycosides, vancomycin, warfarin, etc.
  • Ordering and monitoring orders for TPN.
  • Supporting the medication reconciliation service
  • Triaging and resolving medication problems
  • Responding to code blue team
  • Supervising and overseeing pharmacy technicians and students

PGY2 residents work every 4th weekend in a patient care area assigned to their area of specialty as part of the Pharmacotherapy Specialist rotation. All residents work one major (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years) and one minor (Labor Day or Memorial Day) holiday throughout the year.

Program Sites

  • Clinical rotations will be completed at Tampa General Hospital
  • Academic teaching experiences may be conducted at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy. 

Concentrated Experiences

Core Rotations:

  • Medical ICU
  • Trauma / Surgery ICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neuroscience ICU

Elective Rotations:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Burn ICU
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Transplant
  • Pediatric ICU

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Project/Manuscript
  • Staffing: Decentralized, unit based pharmacist (refer to Staffing Responsibilities)
  • Teaching: Pharmacy, physician, nursing, and student teaching. University teaching is available as an option
  • Critical Care Administration

Program Specifics

PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program
ASHP Program Code 33018
NMS Code 630552
Accreditation Status Accredited
Duration/Type 12 months
Number of Positions 1
Application Deadline January 1st (Please note this program will participate in PhORCAS)
Starting Date July 1
Estimated Stipend $51,500
Interview Required Yes
Training Site Hospital
Owner/Affiliate Private
Model Type(s) Teaching
Tax Status Nonprofit
Professional Staff 100 pharmacists
Non-professional Staff 101 non-pharmacist staff
Total Beds (Licensed) 1,007 total beds (948 acute care and 59 rehabilitation care beds)
Average Daily Census 765

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical insurance (e.g. health, dental)
  • Sick leave
  • Paid vacation
  • Retirement plan contributions
  • Professional travel reimbursement
  • Lab coats
  • Resident office
  • Resident computer
  • ACLS certification

Contact Please address all correspondence to PGY2 Critical Care Residency Director:

Maresa Glass, Pharm-D, BCPS, BCCCP
PGY2 Critical Care Residency Director
Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist
Tampa General Hospital
(813)844-8950 (Office)
mglass@tgh.org