PGY2 in Solid Organ Transplant

This advanced residency provides specialized training in the care of patients with solid organ transplants.  During the 12-month program, the resident will develop clinical practice skills through direct patient care and didactic learning.  Residents will develop proficiencies in teaching and collaborative research throughout the residency as well.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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.

Program

The resident will be an integral part of the health care team for each service. The resident provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services, including pharmacotherapy consults, pharmacokinetic analysis, drug information, and intensive monitoring of each patient on service. The resident participates in all aspects of service, education and research in each clinical area. 

Click here to learn more about the adult and pediatric transplant programs at UF Health Shands Hospital.  

Required Rotations

  • Advanced hospital practice (1 month)
  • Liver transplant (1 month)
  • Kidney/Pancreas transplant (1 month)
  • Lung transplant (1 month)
  • Cardiac transplant (1 month)
  • Transplant infectious diseases (1 month)
  • Ambulatory transplant clinic (1 month)
  • Research/Scholarly activity (longitudinal)
  • Pediatric transplant (longitudinal)
  • Transplant practice management (longitudinal)
  • Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement [QAPI], (longitudinal, 3-month rotation through organ groups)
  • Medical Review Board [MRB], (longitudinal, 3-month rotation through organ groups)
  • Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Programs [CUSP], (longitudinal, 3-month rotation through organ groups)

Elective Rotations

  • Advanced liver transplant (1 month)
  • Advanced kidney/pancreas transplant (1 month)
  • Advanced lung transplant (1 month)
  • Advanced cardiac transplant (1 month)
  • Advanced ambulatory transplant clinic (1 month)
  • Surgical intensive care/advanced liver disease (1 month)
  • Clinical nutrition & GI services (1 month)
  • Pulmonary intensive care / ECMO (1 month) 
  • Advanced heart failure/ventricular assist devices (1 month)

Resident Duties

  • Staff an average of eight hours a week, to include rotation through Clinical On-Call 
  • Attend pharmacy and rotation-specific Grand Rounds and conferences
  • Gain teaching experience through interdisciplinary in-services to medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff and students
  • Assist in precepting pharmacy practice residents and pharmacy students during their solid organ transplant rotations
  • Conduct a Medication Use Evaluation 
  • Complete and present a P&T monograph/ Drug use guideline update 
  • Create, implement, maintain transplant-related treatment guideline/protocol/order set
  • Present at Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) meetings 
  • Present transplant pharmacotherapy in-services to multidisciplinary audiences (medical, nursing and pharmacy)
  • Present 2 formal continuing education seminars on a therapeutic controversy to the pharmacy department
  • Present a major project at American Transplant Congress or an equivalent forum
  • Completing a residency project, including providing formal presentation and authoring a complete manuscript suitable for publication

Stipend

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

Benefits

Hospital benefits include:

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

Requirements

Academic: The applicant should have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school or college. The applicant should have completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency before enrolling in this advanced residency program.

Professional License: All residents must be eligible for Florida licensure. Selected and matched residents must be licensed within 90 days of the start of residency.

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.

Applications

  • The Solid Organ Transplant Residency does not utilize the PhORCAS Application Process. 
  • Final deadline for completed application is December 31st, 2022.
  • Complete applications include:
  1. Transcript of the applicant’s grads
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Letters of recommendation or PhORCAS Standardized Reference Forms (exported to PDF files) from three professional sources
  • Mail transcript to 1600 SW Archer Rd, PO Box 100316, Gainesville, FL 32610-0316
  • Submit the rest of the application electronically to rxsotresidency@shands.ufl.edu.
  • 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 3, 2023

Residency Program Director

Danielle McKimmy, PharmD, BCPS

Abdominal Solid Organ Transplant Clinical Specialist

University of Florida Health Shands Hospital

1600 SW Archer Road

Gainesville, FL 32610-0316

rxsotresidency@shands.ufl.edu