Pharmacy Residency Programs: PGY-2 Critical Care


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This program will prepare residents to practice as pharmacy critical care clinical specialists in a Level 1 Trauma Center with a focus in medical, neurosciences and surgical/ trauma intensive care.

Our PGY-2 Residency in Critical Care at Hennepin County Medical Center develops the resident’s expertise, knowledge and skills in the pharmacotherapeutic management of critical care patients. The resident will learn to conceptualize, integrate and transform accumulated experiences and knowledge into new and improved pharmacy services. Graduates of this PGY-2 residency program will be competent and confident practitioners of direct and indirect patient care with advanced skills in the pharmacotherapeutic management of critically ill patients. They will be accountable for achieving optimal medication management as collaborative members of the health care team.

Through this experiential training, the specialty resident will:

  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in the area of critical care
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary patient care team offering patient-specific therapeutic interventions to prevent, treat, cure, rehabilitate and alleviate medical conditions and diseases
  • Exercise skill in educating and communicating with other health care professionals, on topics relating to patient centered care
  • Enhance skills in providing drug information, detecting and reporting adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, patient-specific drug selection and dosage adjustment, and therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, assessing their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system

Residency Rotation Requirements

PGY-2 goals and objectives are achieved over a 12 month period. As a teaching and research-based hospital, interdisciplinary teaching and precepting is emphasized throughout the year in addition to residency project research. Flexibility in the length and amount of elective rotations allows the resident to tailor this program to their specific needs.

Clinical Rotation Requirements

The following requirements in service, management and research are designed to enhance and further develop residents’ overall knowledge and skill to become clinically and professionally competent critical care practitioners upon completion of the program. Residents will achieve ASHP goals, objectives and activities through participation in the following rotations:

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  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • An enrichment exposure course to Infectious Diseases technology and techniques

Clinical Elective Rotation Opportunities

  • Poison Center/ Toxicology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Neonatal ICU/ Pediatric ICU/ Pediatrics
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Burn
  • Nephrology
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease/ HIV
  • Stroke

PGY-2 Critical Care Residency Opportunities, Expectations and Requirements

Residents will participate and contribute in clinical leadership and management activities for enhanced teaching skills and for professional critical care specialist development, as noted below:

  • Attendance and participation in journal club meetings and book club discussions to enhance residents’ understanding of critical care topics and primary journal article review
  • Teaching and precepting of pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) and PGY-1 pharmacy residents on critical care rotations
  • Preparation and provision of clinical or disease-focused lectures to enhance teaching skills. Lectures are given to hospital, pharmacy and interdisciplinary staff as requested
  • Preparation and distribution of pharmacy publications and interdisciplinary professional drug information updates as requested
  • Attendance and participation in at least one hospital committee

Critical Care Residency Project Requirements

Residents will complete and present research within the organization and at regional and national meetings. Additionally, residents will compose research into professionally acceptable manuscript format for possible journal publication. Longitudinal residency project research activities are as noted below:

  • Submission of completed project in written format
  • Presentation of project in poster format
  • Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint format at regional or national meeting


Jon Jancik Photo Jon Jancik, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist - Critical Care
PGY-2 Critical Care Program Director