WellSpan York Hospital Pharmacy Critical Care Residency
WellSpan York Hospital's Pharmacy Critical Care Residency Program offers the opportunity to develop specialty pharmaceutical care skills in both medical and surgical intensive care unit patients. The preceptors are experienced and dedicated practitioners who ensure competence, build confidence and instill responsibility for drug therapy outcomes in the setting of our most complex patients.
WellSpan York Hospital features a Level 1 trauma center and a total of 40 intensive care unit beds, including medical, trauma/neurosurgical, coronary, cardiothoracic and two transitional care units. Interdisciplinary rounds with medical residents, surgery residents, and critical care attendings create an ideal environment for pharmacy involvement and patient care activities.
The Pharmacy Critical Care Residency is a one-year practice experience. The program was accredited by ASHP in 2001 with subsequent reaccreditation in 2013. The emphasis of our program is on providing rational and cost-effective drug therapy in a community teaching hospital through the provision of clinical pharmacy services in the ICU setting. Our goal is to provide opportunity for professional growth and the development of a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care.
The purpose of the Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at WellSpan York Hospital is to prepare graduates to enter practice as a clinical pharmacy specialist or faculty member practicing in a critical care setting of their choice. This experience provides advanced training in Health System based critical care practice and refines knowledge and skills needed for interdisciplinary practice in the critical care setting.
Upon completion of this residency program, pharmacists will be assertive, ethical professionals with a commitment to pharmaceutical care and the profession of pharmacy. They will be skilled providers of pharmaceutical care and educators of patients and health care professionals on drug related topics. They will become content experts, valued members of a healthcare team who take personal responsibility for achieving optimal patient outcomes by monitoring and documenting their impact on patient care in the critical care setting.
Critical Care Pharmacy Residents completing the following program requirements will be awarded a PGY2 residency certificate:
Successful completion of all core rotations and competencies
Complete at least one quality improvement project within the pharmacy department impacting the distributive functions of the pharmacy department to the critical care setting
Development of a manuscript and choose a journal appropriate for submission of the practice project or research project
Completion of all residency-related documentation
Evaluate and provide feedback to students and PGY1 residents on journal club and case presentations
The critical care pharmacy residency program offers the opportunity to build upon skills learned in a pharmacy practice residency with the ultimate goal of providing experiential learning in medical and surgical intensive care units. The critical care residency provides advanced training in critical care pharmacokinetics, drug information, infectious disease, medical critical care and surgical critical care.
In addition to practicing in the critical care setting, residents will also have the opportunity to provide educational programs to pharmacy staff and students, nursing and the medical staff (residents, interns and students). The critical care resident will also serve as a role model and leader for PGY1 pharmacy practice residents.
Pain management (2 weeks)
Neonatal ICU (2-4 weeks)
Medical ICU (2 months)
Trauma ICU (2 months)
Infectious disease (1 month)
Emergency medicine (2 months)
Cardiothoracic surgery (1 month)
Research: ASHP poster
Research: Eastern States/Resident Research Day platform
The following is a required longitudinal rotation:
Research: ASHP poster
Research: Eastern States/Resident Research Day platform
Practice administration and professional development
(Deadline is January 6)
For PGY2 applicants
Completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
Active Pennsylvania Pharmacist License by 7/1/2018
Participate in an on-site interview at WellSpan York Hospital
When applying, please submit the following to WebAdMIT (All applications must be complete on or before January 6th for consideration)
Applicant information (Contact and Personal information)
Personal statement/Letter of intent
Three references completing WebAdMIT reference form. References will be from rotation preceptors and/or employers that have directly supervised the candidate.
Documentation of intern hours (upload form below as supplemental material in WebAdMIT)
*The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy requires a total of 1,500 internship hours for licensure. A total of 1000 intern hours will be accepted from a school of pharmacy's internship program. The other 500 hours must be obtained through work experience. If a candidate is from out of state, these hours must be submitted to that state's Board of Pharmacy and reported to the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy at the time of licensure application.
WellSpan Medical Education
WellSpan Health is a leading integrated healthcare system in south central Pennsylvania. With two primary teaching hospitals - WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital - and over 15,000 employees, WellSpan provides a robust learning environment for medical and dental students, residents and fellows. WellSpan features over 130 patient care locations, six hospital locations, a Level One Regional Resource Trauma Center, several Primary Stroke Center hospitals and regional referral centers for heart and vascular, oncology, orthopedic, neuroscience, women's and children's services and behavioral health. Learning opportunities abound throughout our teaching facilities and medical practices.
Well-managed and financially strong, WellSpan sponsors family medicine residency training at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, an autism and developmental disabilities fellowship with WellSpan Philhaven; and thirteen residency and fellowship programs based at WellSpan York Hospital. Medical student rotations are available at both hospital sites, and WellSpan hospitals are affiliated with several local medical schools, including WellSpan York Hospi...tal affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine (York Regional Medical Campus), Penn State College of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM/WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital), and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM/WellSpan York Hospital).
We encourage you to look over the medical education programs throughout this site. We focus on providing training programs aligned with our clinical and population health missions. Our commitment to education is significant, and we look forward to ongoing leadership in medical education at all levels of training.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to excellence in medical education. This excellence is achieved via the diversity of our students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. The broad range of experiences of our medical education personnel, and an inclusive environment,alows us to provide optimal care for our patients and our community. We actively promote an equitable, safe, and diverse educational environment, and we look forward to a continuing environment of collaborative work and learning.
WellSpan York Hospital
The region's leader in advanced specialty care, WellSpan York Hospital is a 580-bed community teaching hospital which serves a population of over 520,000 in south-central Pennsylvania. As a Level One Regional Resource Trauma Center, a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with endovascular neurosurgery capabilities, a certified Chest Pain Center, a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a high-risk pregnancy referral center, and many other advanced clinical specialties, the hospital is an outstanding training site for medical and dental students, residents, and fellows. The Hospital is a Regional Medical Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine, and is one of only 400 members of the prestigious Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), with a long history of excellence in medical education. Over 150 residents and fellows are based at WellSpan York Hospital for their training, and over 400 medical students complete clinical rotations here yearly. The fully-staffed, high-tech WellSpan Medical Simulation Center supports our training efforts and has allowed us to beome a leader in real-life medical and surgical simulations, and in interprofessional education (IPE).