The Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has been in existence since 2007 and received ASHP accreditation in 2019. This residency is a full time practice commitment and is 52 weeks in duration. The program offers comprehensive learning experiences in all major solid organs, including kidney/pancreas, liver, heart, and lung transplantation, as well as transplant infectious disease. Residents will serve as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, ensuring the safe and effective use of all medications, educating patients and caregivers pre- and post-transplant, participating in multi-disciplinary selection meetings and facilitating smooth transitions between patient care settings. Longitudinal experiences are designed to focus on pharmacy operations, medication adherence assessments, clinical research and professional development which includes opportunities to deliver formal and informal presentations, teach and mentor residents and students, and develop professional writing skills. The program will be tailored specifically for each resident based upon the resident’s goals, interests and previous experience.
Residents will complete one-month long required rotations, as well as enroll in their choice of elective rotations that vary in length from two to four weeks. Electives include pediatric transplantation, bone marrow transplant, and mechanical circulatory support, among others. Additionally, residents will also attend an immunology and HLA didactic and interactive lecture series that is 1-week in duration to provide a baseline foundational knowledge prior to starting rotations. Longitudinal experiences are designed to focus on pharmacy operations, clinical research and professional development which includes opportunities to deliver formal and informal presentations, teach and mentor residents and students, and develop professional writing skills. The transplant pharmacy group is very active in clinical research and collaborate on multiple research projects including PGY1 and PGY2 residents every year. Additionally, transplant pharmacists and residents will participate in ongoing prospective trials through enrollment and screening. The program will be tailored specifically for each resident based upon the resident’s goals, interests and previous experience.
Within Penn Medicine, The Penn Transplant Institute (PTI) has been a pioneer in organ transplantation, providing exceptional global care for the transplant recipient, and leading in cutting edge research in transplant science. Penn's multidisciplinary team leads the region in the total number of transplants performed and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country. Penn has active programs in heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, hand, uterus and islet cell transplantation, as well as living donor programs for kidney and liver.
Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program (or one in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
Enrolled in an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy residency program with expected completion prior to the official start date of the PGY2 SOT residency
Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania within 90 days of the start of the residency year
Candidates interested in the program should submit the following through PhORCAS:
Academic transcripts from your School of Pharmacy (including pre-pharmacy college transcripts)
Letter of intent
Three letters of recommendation
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Clinical rotation preceptor, preferably from a transplant rotation
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is world-renowned for its clinical and research excellence, forging the way for newer and better ways to diagnose and treat illnesses and disorders. Its long and rich history of top-notch patient care began more than two centuries ago with the founding of the nation's first medical school, the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1765 when it first opened its doors, Penn has been dedicated to the training of medical professionals and the discovery and implementation of new medical knowledge. The world-class faculty and staff of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are dedicated to superior patient care, education, and research for a better, healthier future. Their significant and groundbreaking contributions to medicine are recognized both nationally and internationally. The interdisciplinary team of professionals provides personalized care and service to patients — all within a compassionate and respectful environment. Innovative research coupled with responsive, hands-on care allows Penn to tailor treatment specifically to individual patient needs. HUP's reputation as a world leader in medical research and clinical care ...attracts the highest quality medical specialists from around the world. The supportive and collaborative environment encourages physicians and staff to keep reaching ahead to find new ways to improve the quality and length of life for everyone.