Program Overview

Purpose Statement

PGY2 residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities in the specialized area of Critical Care. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification. 

Critical Care Hospital Information

The UVM Medical Center has an annual census of ~65,000 visits and serves as the state's only designated Level I Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, provides 24-hour cardiac catheterization services and is associated with the Vermont Children's Hospital. The specialized residency in critical care is a 12-month program focusing on expanding pharmacotherapy knowledge and application to the critically ill patient population. The residency will be individualized to meet specific goals of each resident.

Clinical Rotations

Available Rotations* (Length varies) 

  • Orientation 
  • Surgical ICU (2 months) 
  • Medical ICU (2 months) 
  • Infectious disease 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Clinical administration 
  • Pediatric ICU  

*Subject to preceptor availability. Other learning experiences are available upon request per discussion with RPD and typically occur later in the year. 

Required Longitudinal Experiences 

  • Case Conference/Journal Club/Drug Information 
  • Grand Rounds (1 hour CE program per year) 
  • Formal Lecture (1 hour CE program at VtSHP Annual Meeting) 
  • Medical Emergency Response 
  • Monthly Critical Care Clinical Staffing 
  • Medication Safety 
  • Research project: The resident will work with the residency program research coordinator and other members of the pharmacy department and hospital as required and learn the fundamentals of research design and methodology. Several resources for statistical analysis are readily available via a partnership with the University of Vermont. The resident is expected to present the project at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. 
  • Professional Development 
  • ACLS/PALS/ATLS/ENLS Certification 
  • ASHP Midyear Meeting 
  • Teaching and preceptorship opportunities 

Teaching and Learning Program 

Pharmacy Residents will be provided with an elective opportunity to participate in a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.