Professional Practice Experiences

During this component of the residency, the PGY2 ID resident will provide weekend and evening clinical services. On average, the resident provides this service every third weekend and one 4-hour evening shift per week. The PGY2 resident’s activities involve chart review, clinical decision making, documentation, and communication to both patients and medical staff. These activities are expected to offset workload of Central Pharmacy staff so they can focus on other aspects of the medication use process.

Examples of duties included in this experience include:

  • Order verification for assigned medicine services
  • Staff ‘Pharmacist to Manage Vancomycin’ consults for non-ICU service patients
  • Review and respond to results of rapid diagnostic PCR tests, which may involve implementing or changing antimicrobial therapies
  • Discharge medication reconciliation needs during evening hours
  • Code Blue response for the medical center
  • Sign-outs provided by day-shift pharmacists
  • Troubleshooting clinical cases or queries received by Central Pharmacy
  • Communicating or triaging care to be provided by day-shift pharmacists the next day, e.g. related to new admissions


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. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell, Wingate, and High Point Universities. The PGY2 ID resident is expected to participate in precepting during the ID Consult experiences.

Teaching Certificate Program

If the PGY2 ID resident did not complete one during their PGY1 year, they will have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Pharmacy Department. 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 his or her own teaching. Many of the residency-required presentations qualify as experiences that help the resident complete the certificate program.