PGY2 in Critical Care

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The Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at UF Health Shands Hospital is an ASHP-accredited program. The purpose of the 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.

A pharmacist completing a PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Florida Health Shands will be a competent, confident, and assertive clinician who will provide pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients in intensive care environments. As a fully integrated and active member of the healthcare team, the pharmacist will consistently achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes. He/she will be adept in problem solving and managing a clinical practice. The pharmacist will be a motivated, highly dedicated, life-long learner, who is able to adapt to many intensive care practice settings and a changing healthcare environment. Each pharmacist will possess and utilize creative skills and sound knowledge in educating other healthcare professionals, patients, students, and the community on critical care related topics. The pharmacist will demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyze drug literature and to effectively communicate complex information to a broad audience in both formal and informal presentation settings. He/she will demonstrate a level of personal accountability that is characteristic of professional maturity. Likewise, the pharmacist will demonstrate leadership skills and exhibit a commitment to the profession of critical care pharmacy.


Critical Care pharmacy services are provided to the patients of UF Health Shands Hospital by an experienced critical care trained pharmacy team. Pharmacists provide care to a wide variety of patients in the inpatient setting including 206 ICU beds and 68 Emergency Department beds including emergency response to inpatient cardiac and respiratory arrests.

The Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program offers several clinical practice experiences within UF Health Shands Hospital including:

Required Rotations

  • Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care (CVICU) [4 weeks]
  • Cardiac Critical Care (CCU) [4 weeks]
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care (NSICU) [4 weeks]
  • Medical Intensive Care (MICU) [8 weeks]
  • Surgical Intensive Care (SICU) [4 weeks]
  • Trauma Intensive Care (TICU) [4 weeks]
  • Emergency Medicine [4 weeks]
  • Research/Scholarly Activity [4 weeks]
  • Critical Care Administration, Med Safety, & Quality [Longitudinal]

Elective Rotations

  • Advanced Lung and Vascular Intensive Care
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Burn, ENT, & Plastics Intensive Care
  • Clinical Nutrition & GI Services
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)
  • Solid Organ Transplant, Abdominal
  • Solid Organ Transplant, Heart and Lung

Resident Duties

  • Staff an average of eight hours per week, to include rotation through Integrated Care Team Based Clinical On-Call
  • Attend rotation-specific Grand Rounds and conferences on a weekly basis
  • Assist in training pharmacy practice residents during their critical care rotations
  • Assist in precepting undergraduate PharmD students
  • Conduct a Medication Use Evaluation or Quality Improvement Project
  • Complete and present a P&T monograph
  • Complete and publish a newsletter article
  • Present a major project at either a regional residency conference or an equivalent forum
  • Present 2 formal continuing education seminars on a therapeutic controversy to the pharmacy department
  • Complete Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training and serve as a primary preceptor for code response coverage during the second half of the residency year
  • Completing a residency project, including providing formal presentation and authoring a complete manuscript suitable for publication


The resident receives a $52,000 stipend paid by UF Health Shands Hospital. The stipend, coupled with the comparatively low cost of living in Gainesville, should ensure a financially sufficient year.


  • Ten days of paid time off
  • Eight paid holidays
  • Contributory health insurance
  • Paid life insurance


  • Interested applicants must register for the Resident Matching Program
  • Submit all applications through PhORCAS.
  • Final deadline for complete applications is December 31st, 2021

Complete applications include:

  1. Transcript of the applicant’s grades
  2. Letter of Intent
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Standardized Reference Forms supplied by PhORCAS from three (3) professional sources

After completed applications have been reviewed, the residency selection committee will notify selected applicants to arrange an on-site interview.

Official start date for the residency: July 5th, 2022


To be eligible for a Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at UF Health Shands Hospital, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Academic: The applicant must have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited school or college and a residency certificate from a pharmacy practice residency (PGY1) before enrolling in this advanced residency program.
  • Professional License: All residents will be required to take and pass the Florida Pharmacy Board Examination by August 1st of their residency year.
  • Interview: An on-site interview with patient case presentation is required.
  • Non-Resident Alien Applicants:To be considered for employment, you must presently have an employment authorization that is valid throughout the residency period.

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