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Postgraduate Year Two - Emergency Medicine (PGY2 EM)

Pharmacy resident in hospital pharmacy

Purpose and Mission Statements of PGY2 Program

Mission Statement: The residency program at Lee Health is committed to providing excellent training experiences that support the resident's clinical, academic, and professional interests. The program is dedicated to preparing future pharmacy clinicians and leaders by promoting confidence, leadership and professional skills.

Purpose Statement: The Lee Health PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in the specialized area of emergency medicine. 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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and poise them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area.

Core Clinical Rotations

Required core learning experiences are a minimum of one month and include the following:

  • Orientation (4 weeks) – shortened if early commitment PGY1
  • GCMC Emergency Medicine (3 Learning Experiences throughout the year)
    • EM-1 Acute Care/Trauma (6 weeks)
    • EM-2 Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
    • EM-3 Community/Urgent Care (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Overnight Emergency Medicine (two 1-week experiences)
  • Cardiac Emergency Medicine at HPMC (4 weeks)
  • Selection of two (2) critical care rotations
    • Medical ICU at GCMC (4 weeks)
    • Neuro ICU at GCMC (4 weeks)
    • Open Heart/Cardiac ICU at HPMC (4 weeks)
  • Completion of Orientation and required core rotations will allow the resident to choose three months of elective rotations.

Elective Learning Experiences

Elective rotations may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • CCH Emergency Medicine (2-4 weeks)
  • Psychiatric Emergency Medicine - LMH (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Trauma Consult (2 weeks)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU (2-4 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (2-4 weeks)
  • Informatics (2-4 Weeks)
  • Pharmacy Practice Leadership – Administration (2-4 Weeks)

Additional Longitudinal Experiences

Clinical Practice Advancement (11 months)

This learning experience will give the resident practical experience in the application of the medical literature combined with clinical judgment and input from affected disciplines to affect clinical outcomes of patients on a global level. Residents will participate in the following activities throughout the residency:

  • Formulary monograph and/or drug class review development and presentation to the Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and other committees as applicable
  • Quality improvement efforts in support of drug use policy including medication use evaluations, performance improvement projects, development or revisions of Lee Health pharmacy guidelines or reference documents, and other ongoing clinical projects
  • Review and/or development of policies, procedures or orders sets to improve patient outcomes and/or patient safety
  • Each resident will review and update the emergent antidote medication list annually in the Fall
  • Residents will have the opportunity to precept PGY1 residents during one of the required emergency medicine rotations
  • Residents may participate in informal precepting of IPPE and APPE students based on availability via grand rounds, topic discussions, rotation activities, etc.
  • Residents will be required to present an in-service to nursing staff at the end of each required emergency medicine rotation
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Project Management (11 months)

Residents will submit a completed Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE) for poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Meeting. Each resident is required to complete a quality research project to enhance the residents' professional growth and benefit the department through innovative changes in the way pharmacy is practiced. A primary project advisor is selected depending on the project type and location and the project advisor will help guide the resident throughout the year. The research project will be presented by the resident to members of the Department of Pharmacy and at the Florida Residency Conference in the Spring.

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Pharmacy Practice Experience (11 months)

The goal for the service commitment is to provide the resident experience within the medication distribution process, the pharmacy department and within the health care system to ensure understanding of the function as a health system pharmacist. The Service Commitment learning experience will have a primary preceptor and will be evaluated as part of the resident’s quarterly evaluation.

PGY2 Residents will staff a minimum of two 8-hour weekend shifts a month starting in August through June. The following weekends may be excluded from the resident staffing schedule up to the RPD’s discretion: FSHP Annual Meeting, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and specialty area conferences. Depending on the preceptor schedule and needs of the department, a PGY2 resident may be scheduled as frequently as every third weekend. Residents will not be required to work more than 22 total weekend shifts during the residency year. The resident will be required to work one of the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.

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Resident Newsletter (The Dose) (10 months)

This longitudinal learning experience will require the resident to design effective written communication to disseminate education to healthcare providers. The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Resident will be the author of publications and will serve as the editor of the newsletters written by the PGY1 Residents for the Dose of Emergency Medicine. The primary audience for the newsletter is the pharmacy staff although the newsletter is also provided to other healthcare providers, such as physicians and midlevel providers. The residents will be responsible for the content, coordination and publication of each newsletter. The Dose of Emergency Medicine is published a maximum of once every other month.

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Pharmacy Practice Leadership Seminar (7 months) Optional

Residents will focus on personal leadership and habits for personal success, organizational leadership and transformation change management. Residents will gain an understanding about issues in leadership and how to constructively handle their own typical human emotional responses to leadership situations. Residents will learn practical skills and analyze their own abilities in developing a personal leadership vision. Learning methods include reading, discussion, reflective writing, and ongoing interaction with managers and leaders

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Teaching Activities and Teaching Certificate Program

Residents are expected to participate in various teaching activities. The purpose of such activities is to foster development and refinement of the resident's therapeutic knowledge base, communication/presentation skills, literature evaluation skills, and to promote the effectiveness of the resident as a teacher/presenter. Required teaching activities include the following:

  • Residents will have the opportunity to complete the ACPE accredited Lee Health Teaching Certificate Program
  • Residents are required to prepare and present two ACPE accredited continuing education programs to the pharmacy department.
  • Residents will serve as a liaison to other departments within the health-system to provide education on pharmacy services, initiatives or drug information when appropriate. Each rotation may have a component of teaching responsibilities as designated by the preceptor at the beginning of the rotation.

Salary and Benefits

  • Stipend: $61,800
  • Medical insurance (Health, Dental, Vision)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% employer match
  • Additional 457 Retirement Plan
  • 7.4 hours PTO accrued per pay period
  • Discounted meals
  • Discounted membership to Wellness Centers
  • Professional travel reimbursement
  • On-site ACPE-accredited continuing education
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Residency Program Director - PGY2 Emergency Medicine

Kari Duckworth, PharmD, BCPS, BCEMP
Emergency Medicine Pharmacist, Gulf Coast Medical Center

Ph: (239) 343-1209 (work)

kari.duckworth@leehealth.org (link opens in a new window)
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