The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency at Valleywise Health is a 12-month post-graduate residency program. PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residents will receive training in the management of medical emergencies for a variety of disease states encountered in the critical care setting. They will be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as part of an interdisciplinary health care team through active participation in the development of and monitoring of patient’s therapeutic regimens. The pharmacy resident will expand the skills learned during their PGY1 Pharmacy Residency experience in written and verbal communication and in educating health care professionals, patients, and students on drug-related topics.

A broad range of clinical pharmacy services are provided within VHMC including emergency medicine, trauma, pediatric and adult critical care, burn care, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, neonatology, and infectious diseases. The pharmacy resident serves as a member of the interdisciplinary patient care team and will be committed to optimizing patient medication outcomes in a number of these care areas.

Valleywise Health provides services to over 70,000 culturally diverse members of Maricopa County. Within the health system, the Department of Pharmacy provides services to a 325-bed full-service teaching hospital (Valleywise Health Medical Center), 289 acute care psychiatric beds (Valleywise Behavioral Health Centers in Mesa, Phoenix, and Maryvale), 30 bed Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department (Valleywise Health Maryvale Emergency), and twelve outpatient clinics. The PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice Residency offered by Valleywise Health is focused on adult and pediatric emergency medicine, trauma care, and burn care at Valleywise Health Medical Center (VHMC).

VHMC has a 40 bed Adult ER with 50,000 visits per year, a 17 bed Pediatric ER with 29,000 visits per year and sees over 1,800 trauma visits per year. Valleywise Health Maryvale Emergency facility has 26 adult beds and 4 pediatric beds. Valleywise Health Medical Center is also home to the 2nd largest burn center in the United States.

Curriculum

Core rotations include two Adult Emergency Medicine, two Trauma, two Pediatric Emergency Medicine, one Burn Intensive Care, and one Toxicology rotation.  In addition, the resident will participate in several longitudinal experiences including Research, Toxicology, Staffing, and Pharmacy Practice Management. The resident will have the opportunity to select additional elective experiences including infectious diseases, surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, burn emergency care, psychiatry, and electives of the core rotations. Additional elective rotations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Concentrated learning experiences in Emergency Medical Services, Precepting, Case Presentation, Continuing Education Presentation, Drug Class Review/Formulary Addition Request, and Medication Use Evaluation will be assigned.

Each resident is expected to complete a longitudinal research project under the guidance of a project preceptor.  Results from the research project will be presented at a regional residency conference. Additionally, the resident will participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee and complete two of the following: medication use evaluation (MUE), drug class review (DCR) or formulary request. Additional P&T related projects such as order sets, policies, protocols, etc. may be assigned. One continuing education (CE) presentation and two case presentations are required. Additional educational presentations such as journal club, educational seminars, or in-services may be assigned.

The resident will also have the opportunity to serve as a clinical co-preceptor for PGY1 Pharmacy Residents.

Clinical emergency medicine staffing will occur no more than 1 weekend per month and 8 weekends during the year. Residents are required to work 1 major and 1 minor holiday in addition to the 8 weekends.

Candidate Requirements

There is one PGY2 Emergency Medicine Resident position available for the 2021-2022 program year.

Candidates must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and they must be participating in, or have completed, an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program. Candidates must be eligible for licensure by the Arizona Board of Pharmacy. Residents are expected to be licensed by August 1, 2021. Residents must provide PGY1 Residency Certificate of Completion within the first week of the residency year.

How to Apply

Candidates can apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Additional details on PhORCAS can be found at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on December 28, 2020.

Application Requirements:

Standard PhORCAS Requirements

  • Basic Demographics, Transcript, Personal Statement/Letter of Intent, Curriculum Vitae, Three References using the standardized template in PhORCAS, and Extracurricular Activities
  • The letter of intent should explain what personal and professional objectives you wish to fulfill by completing an emergency medicine specialty residency, your long-term and short-term professional goals, and why you are pursuing our program.

Interviews

Virtual interviews will be offered via email and will include several panel interviews and clinical assessment questions.

ASHP Resident Matching Program

Valleywise Health PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program (Program Code: 768469). All applicants must be enrolled. Go to the following web site for additional information regarding enrollment in the Resident Matching Program: www.natmatch.com/ashprmp.

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Contact Us

For general information on our PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program, please fill out the form below and select the ‘PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director’ in the dropdown selector to send an email to Aimee Mishler, PharmD, BCPS.

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