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 Emergency Medicine. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification. 

Emergency Department Information

The emergency department at 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 emergency medicine is a 12-month program focusing on expanding pharmacotherapy knowledge and application to medical emergencies. Experience is gained by daily direct patient care in the Emergency Department as well as daily rounding while on rotation in the medical intensive care unit, the surgical intensive care unit, or with the infectious diseases team. The residency will be individualized to meet specific goals of each resident. 

Clinical Rotations

Core monthly rotations 

  • Administration 
  • Emergency Medicine (6 months) 
  • Medical Intensive Care 
  • Orientation 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Pre-hospital Medicine 
  • Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care 
  • Toxicology 

Elective monthly rotations*  

  • Infectious Disease 
  • Oncology 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care 
  • Nephrology/Medicine 
  • Rural Emergency Medicine  

*Subject to preceptor availability.  

Required Longitudinal Experiences 

  • Case Conference/Journal Club 
  • Grand Rounds (1 hour CE program per year) 
  • Formal Lecture (0.5-1 hour CE program at VtSHP Annual Meeting) 
  • Medical Emergency Response 
  • ED Staffing - every third weekend 
  • 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 and Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Conference. 

Professional Development 

  • ACLS/PALS/ATLS/ENLS Certification 
  • ASHP Midyear Meeting 
  • Teaching and preceptorship opportunities 
  • Updates in Emergency Medicine Conference – Stowe, VT 
  • Additional emergency medicine or equivalent conference 

Teaching and Learning Program 

Pharmacy Residents will be provided with an elective opportunity to participate in the Teaching and Learning Program. We determine the provider of the teaching certificate program on a yearly basis.