PGY2 Emergency Medicine


Northwest Medical Center in cooperation with the University Of Arizona College Of Pharmacy, offers a 12-month PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program. The residency is designed to transition select qualified graduates of PGY1 residency to specialized practice in an emergency care setting. Graduates are empowered to fulfill clinical pharmacy specialist and faculty positions. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Number of Positions: 1 (International Track)

About the Program: 

The resident will focus on clinical practice in emergency medicine with required experiences in critical care and toxicology. Electives available to customize the resident’s training include antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases as well as the potential for off-site experiences in trauma, prehospital care, and academia. Residents will function as an integrated member of the interdisciplinary team, and demonstrate professional leadership through teaching and research activities. 

Learning Experiences
  • Adult Emergency Medicine (6 months)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Med/Surg Intensive Care (6 weeks)
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care (6 weeks)
  • Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medical Services (Prehospital Care)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship-Infectious Diseases
  • Trauma – Emergency Medicine (BUMC-Tucson)
  • Academia (UA COP)
  • Administration and Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Management Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Research
  • ED/ICU Staffing
Clinical Responsibilities: 

The emphasis of the program is the provision of bedside care with the goal of developing the resident as an independent practitioner skilled in emergency medicine and critical care. Specialty residents are responsible for identifying and resolving medication therapy problems. The department uses a multidisciplinary approach and requires the resident to communicate with clinicians to provide drug therapy recommendations, participate in team-based resuscitative care, and ensure the safety and accuracy of medication use in the department. When caring for critically ill patients, residents are expected to anticipate the pharmacotherapy needs of the patient and prepare in advance to deliver optimal care. In general, residents are asked to be present on the assigned unit providing direct patient care for a minimum of 40 hours per week. The PGY2 resident will supervise ancillary pharmacy staff including technicians and interns completing home medication history information for patients in the Emergency Department.

Academic Responsibilities: 

In addition to the supervisory role above, specialty residents participate in the clinical education of students and PGY1 Pharmacy Residents on rotation. Each resident is expected to complete a residency project and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication and present the results of their research project at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors.  All residents are expected to participate in department educational activities including case management presentations, journal club, and an ACPE accredited CE. A Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program and an academia elective rotation are available through the College of Pharmacy as electives. 

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities: 

PGY2 Pharmacy Residents complete monthly staffing exclusively in the Emergency Department but may elect to schedule staffing in the ICU during the months assigned to that experience. Residents staff two 10 hour shifts from 12:00-22:30 once per calendar month. 

Benefits and Financial Provisions: 

This program is open to sponsored candidates through the College of Pharmacy International Program. Please contact the program director directly for updated funding information.

Application Process: 

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 11th:

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

ASHP Code: 81041
NMS Match Code: 727669

On-site interviews for invited applicants will occur in January and February.

Contact Information: 

For additional information about the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Stephen Perona, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program
Northwest Medical Center
6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.
Tucson, AZ  85741
Phone:  (520) 469-8695