PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

The postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) critical care pharmacy residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health is a 12-month full-time postgraduate training experience. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and builds upon the competencies established during PGY1 training.

The program focuses on developing skills related to caring for the critical care patient, which include:

  • Analytical
  • Clinical
  • Leadership
  • Teaching

The program is individualized for each resident based upon his or her goals, interests and previous experience. Residents will have the opportunity to precept PGY1 residents and pharmacy students and to provide education programs, as well as be involved in departmental and organizational initiatives.

Hear from our current and past residents on their experiences.


The residency program includes both required and elective rotations:

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (2-4 weeks)
  • Medical intensive care (4 weeks)
  • Trauma intensive care unit (4 weeks)
  • Neurosurgical intensive care (4 weeks)
  • Emergency medicine I* (4 weeks)
  • Cardiology (CCU or CTS) (4 weeks)
  • MICU – primary preceptor focus (5 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship team (AST) (4 weeks)
  • Surgical intensive care unit (4 weeks)
  • Education (longitudinal)
  • Practice management (longitudinal)
  • Staffing, nutritional support and code response (longitudinal)
  • Research (longitudinal)

*If ED completed during PGY1 at Wake Forest Baptist, resident can advance to ED II.

Elective Rotations

  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Burn intensive care unit
  • Cardiology (CVICU and/or advanced HF)
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Emergency medicine II/toxicology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Intermediate care unit
  • Management
  • Medical intensive care unit (teaching service on MICU C focus)
  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Nutrition support
  • Pediatric intensive care unit
  • Transplant/nephrology


Precepting students and PGY1 residents provides the PGY2 resident with the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. Wake Forest Baptist is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell and Wingate Universities. The program includes departmental preceptor development for residents.

Teaching Certificate

At the beginning of the year, residents have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program sponsored by the 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.

Presentations and Conferences

Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the presentation experiences include:

  • Case presentations
  • Critical care grand rounds
  • In-services on rotations
  • Journal clubs
  • Lecture(s) to the Wake Forest School of Medicine physician assistant program
  • Lecture(s) to Campbell or Wingate pharmacy schools
  • Pharmacotherapy continuing education program
  • Pharmacy Fridays at internal medicine physician morning reports
  • Poster presentation at Vizient Pharmacy Council Meeting
  • Student/resident lecture series presentation


To fulfill their staffing duties, the residents will work MICU clinical weekends (currently, every third weekend) and one weekday evening shift (3-9 pm) per month in the emergency department. Frequency will vary based on departmental needs and educational opportunities.

Salary and Benefits

  • Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Estimated stipend: $50,000
  • Funding to attend select professional meetings

Application Process

Please submit your application online using ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include the following information:

  • A current CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

In your letter of intent, please submit an essay that answers the following questions:

  • What are your goals for a critical care pharmacy residency, and how does our program meet these goals?
  • Describe any research experience or training, special projects or scientific work you have completed, as well as any notable professional accomplishments you have achieved.
  • What do you think is the largest obstacle facing pharmacy today?
  • What personal interests do you have outside of pharmacy?

Application Guidelines

When submitting your application, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit 3 (and only 3) references to the reference section of PhORCAS
  • Submit only 1 letter of intent
  • Ensure your essay is in 12-point font and not more than 2 pages long

Please consider your choice for references carefully. We want information from people who will help us get to know you and understand how well you will succeed in our program.

In general, the best reference letters come from:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem-solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisers and employers whom you have worked with on a particular project and/or know well

Application Deadline

The deadline for the PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency program is January 1.

On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.