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Pharmacy PGY2 Residency Program: Critical Care

The application deadline for the PGY2 Critical Care residency has been extended to Friday, January 22, 2021.

The PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency builds on the experiences learned in a PGY-1 pharmacy residency to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in this specialized area of practice. The program will provide residents with opportunities to function as independent practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated knowledge in order to provide optimal patient care. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

AJH Residency Training Outcomes

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care Outcomes

Upon completion of this program resident will:

  • Optimize the outcomes of critical care patients by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as a member of multidisciplinary rounds.
  • Serve as an authoritative pharmacy resource on the optimal use of medications in the treatment of high acuity patients.
  • Demonstrate sound leadership, communication, and professionalism skills.
  • Provide educational programs to healthcare professionals.

Application Information

To be considered for the PGY2 Residency in Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program, you must be registered with the ASHP-affiliated National Matching Service. You must then apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Selected candidates will receive an invitation for an on-site interview, typically in January or February, with the program director, preceptors, and department staff. The program will fill the available positions in accordance with the National Matching Service agreement and ASHP accreditation rules and guidelines.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE- accredited College or School of pharmacy
  • Completed or in the process of completing an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency or possess equivalent experience (per ASHP guidelines)
  • Obtain a Pennsylvania Pharmacist licensure within the first 90 days of the starting date of residency
  • Agreed to participate in the ASHP/NMS Pharmacy Residency Match

Currently, the program has one available position which is filled on a yearly basis. The program begins on or around July 1st and residents are contracted for 52 weeks.

Application Requirements:

  • Letter of intent that describes your experiences to-date and your desire to practice in Critical Care
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from pharmacy school(s) attended
  • Three letters of recommendation

Overview of the Pharmacy Department

The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services has always been to advance pharmacy practice while supporting all of the goals of the health system.

Pharmaceutical Care Services

  • Abington – Jefferson Health's (AJH) inpatient pharmacists deliver care in a hybrid staffing model, 24 hours/7 days per week.  Pharmacists have centralized and decentralized roles and responsibilities.
  • AJH utilizes technicians, students and automation to provide exceptional drug distribution services. Automated systems include AcuDose machines, with a drug storage carousel, medication bar coding system, fully interfaced inpatient CPOE, and e-prescribing for all patients.
  • AJH also has an outpatient pharmacy open to employees, patients, and the public.
  • All pharmacists work collaboratively with nurses, physicians, and the Health Information Systems (HIS) department to develop easy-to-use, evidence-based treatment protocols and order sets.
  • Clinical drug information services are provided 24/7 via staff pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy care pharmacists.


Salary and fringe benefits for the residency program

  • Estimated stipend : $50,000
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage are provided
  • 80 Hours of Paid Time Off (Vacation and Interviews) and Sick Leave
  • Travel stipend for ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and other professional meetings
  • Two AJH lab coats
  • Office space, computer, laptop, and Spectralink

Learning Experiences


  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) I and MICU II
  • Surgical/Trauma Unit (STU) I and STU II
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Cardiac Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases


  • Pediatrics/Neonates
  • Stewardship

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Research project(s)
  • Class Review
  • Participation and leadership roles in committees related to Critical Care
  • Emergency Response (codes/traumas)
  • Precepting/mentoring
  • Educational opportunities
  • Chief resident responsibilities
  • Clinical On-call program