Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a 1-year postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) infectious diseases residency designed to provide experiences in all areas of infectious diseases (ID) pharmacotherapy. The program prepares 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, pharmacists will be prepared to provide specialized pharmaceutical care in a health system in roles that may include:
- Antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist
- Clinical faculty member
- Clinical specialist
Residents will be able to function in both the inpatient setting (hospital), as well as the ambulatory care setting (ID clinic or OPAT infusion center). They also will be prepared to work in an academic setting, for example, as a faculty member at a school of pharmacy.
Please note: The PGY2 infectious diseases position has been filled internally for the 2020-2021 residency year.
Hear from our current and past residents on their experiences.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Apply principles of antimicrobial stewardship to clinical practice to affect patient outcomes and antimicrobial resistance in a positive way
- Develop professional and interpersonal skills to become a confident, competent and caring practitioner
- 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
- Provide pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases through participation on interdisciplinary teams to ensure safe, effective and appropriate antimicrobial therapy
- Provide education effectively to health care professionals, trainees and patients
Our flexible program allows residents to tailor their experiences to meet their individual career goals. The residency year is divided into 12 rotations, most of which are 1 month long. 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)
Residents can choose from 3 electives (2.5 months total):
- Bone marrow transplant/stem cell transplantation
- Medicine intensive care unit
- 1 or more additional months in the core ID services
- Solid organ transplantation
- Pediatric ID consult service
- Internal medicine
By co-precepting students, infectious diseases residents refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. Wake Forest Baptist is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Wingate and Campbell Universities. PGY2 ID residents also are expected to mentor PGY1 residents.
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:
- 1-hour Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-accredited continuing education program (pharmacy department grand rounds)
- Journal club
- Lecture(s) within the infectious diseases fellows’ (physicians) didactic lecture series
- Lecture to first-year Wake Forest School of Medicine physician assistant program
- Lecture to Campbell University School of Pharmacy students (oncology elective course)
- In-services on rotations
Residents must complete 2 independent research projects:
- A clinical project for which IRB application and approval is generally required
- A microbiology research project
Either a poster presentation at an appropriate conference or a formal manuscript preparation is acceptable. We encourage residents to get both projects published.
The PGY2 infectious diseases resident participates in a rotating schedule to provide evening and weekend clinical services. The PGY2 infectious diseases resident staffs a weekday evening once every other week and a weekend once every 5 weekends, but this is subject to change depending on department needs.
Salary and Benefits
- Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
- Comprehensive benefit package
- Estimated stipend: $50,000
- Funding to attend select professional meetings
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
We encourage all applicants to participate in the personal placement service (PPS), an annual recruiting event held in conjunction with the ASHP mid-year meeting.
The deadline for the PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency program is January 1st.
On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.
Please note: This application process is only relevant during years when a PGY1 resident at Wake Forest Baptist Health has not already committed to the residency.