The objective of the Post-Graduate Year 2 Critical Care Residency is to develop a high-level, critical care pharmacy specialist who is qualified for medical and surgical critical care positions and who is also qualified for an adjunct, non-tenure clinical faculty appointment in a college of pharmacy. The residency facilitates clinical and professional growth and emphasizes evidence-based medicine, efficient communication, and the ability to critically assess and manage complex patients in a variety of fast-paced intensive care settings. Residents will be fully integrated within interdisciplinary critical care teams through a variety of rotations and will have numerous opportunities to develop teaching, precepting, and presentation styles as well as engage in research and committees. The critical care specialty residency program will provide residents with opportunities to conceptualize, integrate, and transform accumulated experiences and knowledge into skill, competence, and confidence in providing patient care to this specialty patient population.
This program will be individualized based on the resident’s previous experiences, therefore he/she is expected to be heavily involved in shaping the year-long residency experience. In addition the resident will be involved in all aspects of patient care including: (1) committee involvement; (2) collaborative, multidisciplinary development of protocols and standard operating procedures; (3) providing education to patients, nurses, physicians and other health care providers; and (4) completion of a research project or medication use evaluation.
Upon completion of the program, the resident will have developed a philosophy of practice that includes: (1) a commitment to advancing the profession (2) a desire to enhance inter-professional relationships through education and training other healthcare professionals; (3) a dedication to self-learning and assessment; (4) a responsibility and accountability to pursue optimal drug therapy; and (5) a commitment to pharmaceutical research.
This is a full-time, temporary, one year benefited position.
Intermountain Medical Center is a 454 bed tertiary teaching hospital with six intensive care units (Respiratory ICU, Shock-Trauma ICU, Neuroscience ICU, Cardiac ICU, Thoracic ICU, Newborn ICU) and a 56 bed Emergency Department with four trauma bays. The resident will also be rotating to the Pediatric ICU at Primary Children’s Hospital and will have opportunities to complete elective rotations in infectious disease, heart failure, and solid organ transplant. Additional experiences may be customized based on interests and availability.
Pharmacy services at Intermountain Medical Center are provided by teams of pharmacists within an integrated practice model. The decentralized, unit based pharmacists provide care as part of an interdisciplinary team through: patient care rounds, clinical monitoring, medication order review, admission histories, first-dose teaching, discharge teaching and care coordination. Additional responsibilities of the critical care pharmacist include participation on the rapid code response teams, the stroke response team serving as a drug information resource and promoting medication use stewardship. The Critical Care Resident will staff as a decentralized pharmacist in the medical/surgical Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit approximately 16 hours every 2 weeks.
Resident Daily Activities:
While on rotation, the daily duties of the critical care resident will include, but are not limited to the following activities: (1) manage drug therapy as a member of the healthcare team; (2) attend daily rounds with a multidisciplinary team; (3) gain an understanding of rational drug therapy and its application to the critical care patient ; (3) obtain admission histories; (4) provide discharge teaching; (5) monitor and document pharmacotherapy plans; (6) investigate and understand the pathophysiology and medication implications of commonly encountered acute medical problems listed under the areas of emphasis in the ASHP standards; (7) identify medication errors and provide safety follow-up; (8) report adverse drug events; (9) problem solving (10) conduct drug information and literature searches (11) attend codes (12) complete quality improvement activities and audits (13) team-related projects (14) communicate and interact with team preceptor(s) and pharmacists; (15) communicate and interact with physicians and nurses (16) work with pharmacy students (17) work with PGY1 – Pharmacy Residents and/or students on rotation; (18) provide instructional and patient case presentations.
Projects: The critical care resident will complete a major research project suitable for publication. Projects are presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and Mountain States Pharmacy Residency Conference.
The resident must be a graduate from an accredited school of pharmacy and completed a prior PGY1 – Pharmacy Residency Program.
Completion certificate for PGY 1 residency.
Eligible for Utah pharmacist license.
Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) for healthcare providers.
Current knowledge of state and federal regulations and statutes regarding the practice of pharmacy and the distribution of approved drugs, controlled substances, and investigational agents. knowledgeable in the federal and state regulations.
Note, all potential candidates must be enrolled in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Residency Matching Program.
Must be willing to complete an onsite interview.
Applicants must submit a completed application packet by December 31st containing the following: (1) a current curriculum vitae (2) a letter of intent addressing why you wish to complete a PGY2 - critical care residency and why you want to complete a PGY2 - critical care residency at Intermountain Medical Center; (3) Three letters of recommendation.
About Intermountain Medical Center
Intermountain Healthcare is a charitable, nonprofit, community-owned healthcare organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah that serves the health needs of Utah and Idaho residents. The Intermountain system includes 23 hospitals as well as clinics, home health agencies, women’s centers, drug dependency units, affiliated physicians and health insurance plans. For more information please visit our website.