PGY2: Critical Care (UCMC)


Program Code: 44204

National Matching Service Code: 560352

Start date: July 1

Number of positions: 3


The following outline represents general program design and requirements for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The program includes a variety of direct and non-direct patient care, research, and teaching opportunities and will be tailored to meet the needs of an individual resident based on the resident development plan.

Program requirements 

Entrance into the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency requires the following:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Ohio

The PGY2 Critical Care Residency Certificate will be awarded with completion of all established program requirements, including achievement of Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency.

Clinical learning experiences 


  • Medical Intensive Care (2 months)
  • Surgical Intensive Care (2 month)
  • Metabolic Nutrition Support (1 month)
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care (1 month)
  • Emergency medicine (1 month)
  • Primary Precepting Experience (1 month)
  • Research Project (1 month)


  • Neurocritical Intensive Care (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Acute Inpatient Pain Service (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Trauma Service (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Renal Consult Service (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Community Intensive Care (West Chester Hospital location – 2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Infectious diseases (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Solid organ transplant medicine (2 weeks to 1 month)
  • Bone marrow transplant (2 weeks to 1 month)


PGY1 and PGY2 residents will participate in a longitudinal research project that originates from either resident interest or preceptor research submissions. A research timeline is established to ensure the resident stays on schedule for completion of residency.


June/July Research question and research team selected
August Research question and objectives presented to Pharmacy Research Subcommittee
September Submission of protocol to the Investigational Review Board (IRB)
November Development of University Health System Consortium (UHC) abstract and poster
December Presentation of research question and methods at UHC Conference held in conjunction with the ASHP midyear clinical meeting; focused data collection/analysis
January/March Data analysis, Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (GLPRC) abstract submission
March/April GLPRC presentations
April-June Manuscript preparation and submission


Education opportunities 

PGY1 and PGY2 residents will have the opportunity to participate in the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program. The program is available for all residents in the greater Cincinnati area and consists of a two-day seminar along with longitudinal didactic and small group teaching requirements.

The critical care pharmacy resident will develop and present at least two didactic lectures at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy Critical Care Elective course and serve as primary preceptor for at least one Doctor of Pharmacy candidate on an Advanced Practice Learning Experience (APPE).   Additional didactic and experiential opportunities (IPPE and APPE) are built into resident learning experiences throughout the course of the year.

Education of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals is integrated longitudinally throughout the program including inter-professional grand rounds presentations, resident-led clinical presentations, nursing education, and other opportunities.


Pharmacy Grand Rounds 

PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residents will develop two 60-minute Ohio Certified Continuing Education (OCE) presentations for Pharmacy Grand Rounds.


Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement 

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will present one pharmacy-specific process improvement opportunity at the Monthly Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement (MMI) case conference.  A written summary will be prepared for inclusion in the quarterly MMI continuing education publication.


Medication use evaluation (MUE) 

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will conduct an MUE coordinated through each resident’s assigned committee. The MUE is completed within the first half of the academic year and will be presented by the resident to the Drug Policy Development or other relevant committee.


Committee involvement 

The PGY2 critical care resident will serve as an active member of any of the following committees:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit process improvement committee
  • CPR Committee

The resident will also have the opportunity to select involvement in other pharmacy and multidisciplinary committees including Drug Policy Development Anti-infective Subcommittee, Critical Care Operations, Medication Administration Team, Pharmacy Process Improvement Committee, or other committees based on the resident’s interest.


Independent practice 

PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will assist with provision of pharmacy coverage for Rapid Responses, Code Blue, and Code Violet. Residents are also integrated into the weekly clinical pharmacist call schedule. The PGY2 critical care resident will be scheduled into rotating weekend clinical coverage (equivalent to an average of every third weekend as well as three holidays).


Professional conferences 

PGY1 and PGY2 residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting/UHC meeting (December) and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (May).

PGY2 residents participate in the annual Midwest Residency Exchange (August). With approval from the residency program director, the PGY2 critical care resident may have the opportunity to attend an additional conference with department support based on available funding. Attendance and abstract submission to the Society of Critical Care Annual Conference (SCCM) is encouraged.


Salary and benefits 

Final information regarding salary, benefits, and pre-employment requirements will be provided to matched applicants for PGY1 and PGY2 programs prior to the start of the residency year.

  • Estimated salary of $49,000
  • 27 days paid time off (includes holidays and professional conference travel)
  • Medical, dental, vision plans
  • Individual workspace including a desktop computer and laser printer
  • Physical and electronic access to the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library (adjacent to hospital)
  • Weekly OCE provided through Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Financial reimbursement for professional conferences
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification
  • Free covered parking adjacent to hospital


Application Process 

The following items must be received by December 31st to complete this application. Please submit the following items via PhORCAS:

  1. A letter of intent describing your reasons for applying to the program and interests within the pharmacy profession.
  2. A single page document describing your specific role, responsibilities, and activities on at least one clinical rotation you have completed, including number of patients covered daily and examples of autonomy and significant interventions.
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae.
  4. College transcripts
  5. Three letters of recommendation (utilizing PhORCAS format)


Program Contact

Chris Droege, PharmD, BCCCP, FCCM, FASHP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care

Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

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