Pharmacy Residency Programs: PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant


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To graduate a highly capable clinical practitioner and practice leader with advanced skills in solid-organ transplant who is able to pursue clinical transplant pharmacist or coordinator positions in a variety of practice environments including acute or ambulatory care, academia, research or industry.

Graduates of the Hennepin Country Medical Center PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency Program will be competent and confident practitioners of direct and indirect patient care in multiple practice environments related to solid organ transplantation. Through this experiential training, the specialty resident will:

  • Contribute to interdisciplinary patient care teams offering patient-specific therapeutic interventions to prevent, treat, cure, rehabilitate and alleviate medical conditions and diseases in solid organ transplant recipients and living organ donors
  • Enhance skills in providing drug information, patient-specific drug selection and dosage adjustment, detecting and reporting adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and performing therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Advance their knowledge and understanding of pharmacy systems and technology as they relate to transplantation
  • Develop advanced precepting and teaching skills and exercise skill in educating and communicating with other health care professionals, patients and the community
  • Continue to evolve clinical research skills to be a productive member of a clinical research team, and
  • Exhibit commitment and demonstrate leadership in the profession of pharmacy and field of transplant pharmacy.

Activities involving direct patient interaction in an inpatient and ambulatory setting, physician consultation, teaching, precepting and clinical research are major components of this specialized solid organ transplantation residency.

Hennepin County Medical Center Transplant Program

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Hennepin County Medical Center’s transplant program was established in 1963. It was the first transplant center in the Upper Midwest and one of the first successful programs in the country. Clinical pharmacists have been an active part of this treatment team since 1985. Approximately 50 kidney transplants are performed each year, with an increasing percentage involving living donors. More than 2600 kidney transplants have been performed to date. Experience, along with the use of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and surgical procedures, allow HCMC to give transplant patients and living donors the best possible care.

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

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  • Inpatient Kidney Transplant
  • Ambulatory Kidney Transplant
  • Inpatient Heart Failure/ Heart Transplant
    • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Ambulatory Heart Clinic
    • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Liver Transplant
    • Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Hospital Orientation/Operations
  • Nephrology
  • Practice Leadership
  • Academia
  • Research

Clinical Elective Opportunities

  • Lung Transplant (strongly encouraged)
    • Mayo Clinic
  • Transplant Infectious Disease
  • Transplant Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
  • Transplant Specialty Pharmacy Services
  • Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)

PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency Opportunities and Expectations

  • Attendance and participation in PGY-1 Leadership & Development Discussions as able
    • Resident will lead and present at least 1 Board Certification Lecture in Nephrology/Transplant arena
  • Teach/ co-precept pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations and PGY-1 Residents on transplant rotations
  • Present up to 3 didactic and case based lecture(s) at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and design Advanced Practice Learning Experiences

Residency Project Requirements

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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 into written manuscript format is required
  • Presentation of project in poster format is required
  • Abstract submission to American Transplant Congress or other transplant conference is strongly encouraged
  • Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint or poster format at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) is preferred; Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint format at Midwest Residents Conference or Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists is required, if resident does not present at ATC

Longitudinal Practice Leadership Requirements

  • Attendance and participation in monthly Transplant Quality Meetings
    • Resident will participate in protocol and policy review and updates
    • Write/deliver nursing in-service and other staff education as applicable
  • Attendance and participation in Patient Selection Committee Meetings
  • Active participation within transplant pharmacy community through AST Pharmacy Community of Practice and other list serve opportunities is strongly encouraged
  • Complete formal peer-review for journal manuscripts


Tracy Anderson Haag Photo Tracy Anderson-Haag, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist - Kidney Transplantation
PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Program Director