The residency is built upon the fact that the Program Director and preceptors believe strongly in dedicating a substantial amount of time with the resident to discuss both patient and pharmacotherapy based topics.

For the first 3 to 6 months, depending on the knowledge level of the specialty resident, the preceptor will "pre-round" with the resident and discuss patient issues prior to medical or surgical formal rounds with the multidisciplinary health care team.

Additionally, patient case discussions can be held twice per week in which the resident and preceptor thoroughly discuss complicated critical care patients and arrive at the most effective overall therapeutic care plan for the individual patient. Furthermore, clinical topic discussions are held twice per week, more often during the first few months of the program, and involve formal evaluation of the literature and active discussions regarding pathophysiology, pharmacology, and related issues for multiple clinical topics. Some typical examples of clinical topics include atrial fibrillation, stress ulcer prophylaxis, choice of sedation and treatment of septic shock.

Communication skills will be developed by preparing and delivering in-service educational programs to physicians, pharmacists, and nurses on at least a quarterly basis.

The critical care resident is also expected to attend Surgical Grand Rounds (weekly), Medical Grand Rounds (weekly), Pharmacy Grand Rounds (monthly) and Morbidity and Mortality conferences (weekly), participate in critical care topic presentations, multidisciplinary journal clubs, in-services by other healthcare professionals, informal discussions among the healthcare team, attend local and national critical care conferences.

Pharmacy sites:
UVM Medical Center
Larner College of Medicine at UVM
UVM Medical Center