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Pharmacy PGY2 Residency Program: Infectious Diseases

The ASHP-candidate status PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases (ID) Pharmacy at Abington Hospital (AH) is designed to teach the resident specialized clinical skills in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy and antimicrobial stewardship. The resident will develop skills to advance as both an independent practitioner as well as a member of interdisciplinary teams in providing patient care, with a focus on infectious diseases.

The resident will gain expertise in the interpretation of microbiological culture and susceptibility data; antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; antimicrobial therapy; antimicrobial stewardship; and research all within the realm of infectious diseases.

The resident will benefit from valuable experiences including conducting infectious diseases focused clinical research, preparing and presenting educational programs, staffing, teaching and precepting of students/ residents, and serving in various leadership roles with committee appointments.  Flexibility is provided to meet the individual resident's goals and objectives.


PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice.  PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.  Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The intended PGY2 purpose will be achieved through participation in interdisciplinary rounds, direct patient care, and teaching, all within the realm of infectious diseases. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency will be proficient in the medication use process, formulary management, drug policy development and outcomes assessment.

AJH Residency Training Outcomes

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases Outcomes

Upon completion of this program resident will:

  • Optimize the outcomes of patients with infectious diseases by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as a member of a  multidisciplinary infectious diseases team and antimicrobial stewardship program.
  • Ensure sound infection control practices and prevention of infectious diseases.
  • Manage and promote appropriate use of anti-infectives through safe medication and stewardship practices as well as outcomes assessment.
  • Serve as an authoritative pharmacy resource on the optimal use of medications in the treatment of individuals with acute or chronic infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrate sound leadership, communication and professionalism skills.
  • Provide educational programs to healthcare professionals.

Applicant Information

To be considered for the PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases 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). Completed applications are due by the January 3rd deadline.  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)
  • Licensure as a Pennsylvania pharmacist no later than July 1st (unless alternative date is arranged with the program director)
  • 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 infectious diseases
  • 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 Hospital’s (AH) inpatient pharmacists deliver care in a hybrid staffing model, 24 hours/7 days per week.  Pharmacists have centralized and decentralized roles and responsibilities.
  • AH 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.
  • The AH Pharmacy supports the hospital through multiple specialty satellite locations including Oncology and Critical Care.
  • AH 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.

Darshan (Shawn) Parekh, PharmD, MHA, FACHE
Health System Director of Pharmacy Services


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 one ID-related meeting
  • Two AMH lab coats
  • Office space, computer, laptop and Spectralink

Core Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
  • Inpatient Infectious Diseases Consult service (I and II)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit        
  • Infection control

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Bone Marrow Transplant

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • HIV Ambulatory Care
  • Teaching/ precepting (resident and/or student)
  • Research
  • Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE)
  • Clinical ID management
  • Clinical on-call program
  • Chief resident responsibilities
  • Participation and leadership roles in committees related to infectious diseases/ antibiotic management
  • Residency recruitment activities

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