Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency

Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a one-year PGY-2 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).

Purpose

The purpose of the Wake Forest Baptist Health PGY-2 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.

Rotations

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
    • Leukemia
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatric ID Consult Service
    • Solid Organ Transplantation
    • One or more additional months in the core ID services

Presentations

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 

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Teaching Certificate Program

At the beginning of the year, the PGY-2 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.

Precepting 

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 PGY-2 ID resident also is expected to mentor PGY-1 residents.

Projects

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.

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Benefits

  • 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,
    Augusta GA

  • 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

Application Process

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 PGY-1 resident at WFBH has not been obtained.    

Contact Information

John C. Williamson, PharmD, CPP, BCPS, AAHIVP
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Pharmacy Dept
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC  27157
336-713-3431

johnwill@wakehealth.edu  

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Pharmacy Advanced Practice Infectious Diseases
John Williamson, PharmD
PGY-2 ID Residency

336-713-3400

johnwill@wakehealth.edu

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