Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency
Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a one-year PGY2 Infectious Disease residency designed to provide experiences in all areas of ID pharmacotherapy. An emphasis is placed on clinical practice and antimicrobial stewardship. One position is available each year. This residency is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
***Note***: The PGY2 Infectious Disease position has been filled internally for the 2017-2018 residency year.
The purpose of the Wake Forest Baptist Health PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency is to train residents to provide pharmaceutical care for patients with infectious diseases and to achieve a distinguished professional career as an infectious diseases pharmacist. Upon completion of the program, the pharmacist will be prepared to provide specialized pharmaceutical care in a health-system, e.g. clinical specialist, antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist, or clinical faculty member. The resident will be able to function in both the inpatient setting (hospital) as well as the ambulatory care setting (ID clinic or OPAT infusion center). The resident also will be prepared to work in an academic setting, e.g. faculty member at a school of pharmacy. Key outcomes of training in this program include,
- Provide pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases through participation on interdisciplinary teams to ensure safe, effective, and appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
- Develop professional and interpersonal skills to become a confident, competent, and caring practitioner.
- Apply principles of antimicrobial stewardship to clinical practice to affect patient outcomes and antimicrobial resistance in a positive way.
- Provide education effectively to health care professionals, trainees, and patients.
- Develop skills to perform clinical and in vitro research as it applies to the care of patients with infectious diseases.
- Manage multiple aspects of a contemporary pharmacy practice.
Flexibility allows residents to tailor their experiences to meet their individual career goals. The residency year is divided into twelve rotations, most of which are one month in duration. Residents are also evaluated longitudinally on project, presentations, and antimicrobial stewardship management. An example year is provided below.
- Orientation (0.5 month)
- Two 1-month rotations in each of the following core services
- ID Consult Service – B team (critically ill or immunocompromised patients)
- ID Specialty Clinic
- Antibiotic Support Team (AST)
- ID Consult Service – A team (1 month)
- Microbiology research (1 month)
- Clinical research (1 month)
- Choice of three electives (2.5 months total)
- Medicine Intensive Care Unit
- BMT/Stem Cell Transplantation
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatric ID Consult Service
- Solid Organ Transplantation
- One or more additional months in the core ID services
Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Anticipated presentation experiences include:
- 1-hour ACPE-accredited continuing education program (Pharmacy Department Grand Rounds)
- Journal club
- Case conference presentation
- Lecture(s) within the ID Fellows’ (physicians) didactic lecture series
- Lecture to first-year WFU Physician Assistant students
- Lecture to Campbell University School of Pharmacy students (Oncology elective course)
- In-services on rotations
Teaching Certificate Program
At the beginning of the year, the PGY2 ID resident will have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health Department of Pharmacy. This program is intended to develop the resident’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach effectively in a wide variety of settings. The certificate program also aims to enhance the resident’s ability to provide constructive evaluations as well as incorporate feedback into their own teaching. Many of the residency-required presentations qualify as experiences that help the resident complete the certificate program.
By co-precepting students, the ID resident will refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. Wake Forest Baptist Health is a rotation site for students from Wingate University and Campbell University Schools of Pharmacy. When on service concurrently, the PGY2 ID resident also is expected to mentor PGY1 residents.
The resident will complete two independent research projects, 1) a clinical project for which IRB application and approval is generally required, and 2) a microbiology research project. Publication of both projects is encouraged. Either poster presentation at an appropriate conference or formal manuscript preparation is acceptable.
- Comprehensive benefits package
- Estimated stipend: $48,850
- Paid holiday and vacation time
- Covered parking provided
Former Residents (First Position After Graduation)
- 2003-04 - Carmen Faulkner-Fennell
ID Specialist, Greenville Hospital System, Greenville SC
- 2004-05 - Heather Cox Hall
ID Specialist, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville VA
- 2005-06 - Brandon Bookstaver
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus
- 2006-07 - Ashley Marx
ID Specialist, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta GA
- 2007-08 - Hannah Palmer Russo
ID Specialist, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston TX
- 2008-09 - Linsey Courtney
Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN
- 2009-10 - Whitney Jones
Antimicrobial Stewardship Coordinator, Medical College of Georgia,
- 2010-11 - David Cluck
Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN
- 2011-12 - Rebekah Wrenn
Clinical Pharmacy Manager/Antimicrobial Stewardship Coordinator,
CJW Medical Center, Richmond VA
- 2012-13 - Kate Kupiec
ID Specialist, Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma City OK
- 2013-14 - Kristina Rokas
ID Specialist, Maine Medical Center, Portland ME
- 2014-15 - Katie Wallace
ID Specialist, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Lexington KY
- 2015-16 - Dustin Carr
Current PGY-2 ID Resident
Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in the Personnel Placement Service (PPS), a recruiting event that occurs each year in conjunction with the ASHP Midyear Meeting. As part of PPS, preliminary interviews of qualifying candidates are conducted. After careful evaluation, 5-10 candidates are invited to participate in an on-site interview process at Wake Forest Baptist Health. These candidates will be ranked according to the rules and regulations of the ASHP matching process. Candidates who reside locally may travel to WFBH for a preliminary interview, but only if not participating in PPS. This application process is only relevant in years when an early commitment from a PGY1 resident at WFBH has not been obtained.
John C. Williamson, PharmD, CPP, BCPS, AAHIVP
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157