PGY2 Critical Care


The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is designed to train selected, highly motivated and highly qualified pharmacists so that they are prepared for a critical care position in an acute care facility and/or an advanced fellowship in an area of critical care or research.

Number of Positions: 1-2

About the Program: 

The program emphasizes clinical practice and consists of seven months of core (required) learning experiences in specific aspects of critical care pharmacy and five months of elective opportunities. Elective rotations are customized to meets the needs of the individual resident, while accomplishing the objectives for the program. Therefore, the program will be individualized to suit the needs of the particular resident.

Learning Experiences
  • Medical ICU (2 months)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU (2 months)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Nutrition Support (1 month)
  • Academia
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Neurology ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Poison Center/Toxicology
  • Research
  • Transplant, Abdominal
  • Resident Research Project
  • Weekend Clinical Staffing
  • Twice weekly article reviews (Erstad Hour)
Clinical Responsibilities: 

The primary responsibility of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident is monitoring drug therapy for all patients assigned by the preceptor. The resident will rotate through the various required clinical services and be under the supervision of the responsible clinical faculty for that service. A complete list of clinical responsibilities will be discussed with the resident. These responsibilities will include rounding with multidisciplinary teams, providing drug therapy recommendations during rounding activities, completing written progress notes in the electronic medical record and providing formal consultations. It is expected that any circumstances that inhibit the ability of the resident to meet the objectives of the residency will be immediately brought to the attention of the residency program director as appropriate.

The resident is also responsible for attending weekly clinical pharmacy conferences, participating and coordinating twice weekly article reviews (Erstad Hour), and completing preceptor and learning experience evaluations.

Academic Responsibilities: 

Academic responsibilities will include assisting in training pharmacy students during clerkship rotations, participating in clinical faculty research as opportunities become available, small group case facilitation and/or didactic lectures for pharmacy students and completing case presentations and journal club discussions to pharmacy students on clerkship rotations.

The resident will complete at least one residency project pertinent to critical care pharmacotherapy of such quality that it would merit presentation at a national conference during his/her tenure at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. The objective is to develop the resident's skills in problem identification, investigation and solution. The project will be approved by the residency program director/preceptor before research is initiated. The results will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. After completion of data collection, the resident will be responsible for submitting a manuscript of such quality that it is suitable for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The resident may also be offered opportunities to co-author case reports and review articles with the residency program director and/or other faculty members, depending on the resident's long-term goals and availability.

Additionally, the resident has the option to participate in the longitudinal Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities: 

Residents are required to participate in the ICU clinical staffing service on a rotating basis every third week (on average).

Benefits and Financial Provisions: 

The salaries for these programs are competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. Residents are entitled to all benefits provided to full time University appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings.

Salary: $51,659

Application Process: 

The applicant for the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency should have graduated from a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program and must have completed a clinically oriented, ASHP accredited (or preliminary accredited) PGY1 residency in pharmacy before beginning his/her Critical Care Residency. Suspension of these criteria may be allowed for exceptional candidates as determined by the residency preceptor.

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participate in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Please submit the following REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by JANUARY 2nd:

• Letter of Intent
• Curriculum Vitae
• Pharmacy School Transcripts
• Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

ASHP Code: 81102
NMS Match Code: 504552

On-site interviews for invited applications will occur in February.

Contact Information: 

For additional information about the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Brian Kopp, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM 
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Pharmacy Services
Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: (520) 694-3255