Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital Post-Graduate
Year Two Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Residency Purpose

PGY2 residency programs build upon PharmD education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice area. Residents who complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patientcare and board certification in that specialized area.

General Info

The PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Emory University Hospital is an ASHP accredited, one-year specialty program designed to provide the resident with exposure to diverse populations of critically ill patients. The primary emphasis of the residency is to develop clinicians with expertise in the care of critically ill patients. To achieve this goal, the resident functions as an integral member of the multidisciplinary critical care team to attain practical clinical experience. Through patient data collection and analysis, the resident develops the knowledge and skills to provide patient-specific and evidence-based pharmacotherapy and function as an independent practitioner. In addition, valuable leadership and research skills are developed through participation in a critical care related interdisciplinary committee and completion of a clinical research project. Working closely with the Emory Center for Critical Care, the resident gains exposure to a variety of critical care topics, patients and providers from all disciplines. The opportunity to work with two former Presidents of the Society of Critical Care Medicine further enhances the professional network of the resident. These activities provide a solid foundation in critical care pharmacotherapy while enabling the resident to pursue individual interests.


Our residents develop a strong critical care clinical knowledge base, commitment to teaching and appreciation for clinical research. The critical care specialty residency program at EUH utilizes the collective assets of Emory Hospitals and the Emory Center for Critical Care in the following areas:

Clinical practice: Residents become familiar with disease states, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of critically ill patients. Residents learn to incorporate their clinical knowledge into day-to-day practice and function independently as a member of the health care team.

Teaching: Residents teach PGY-1 pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team.

Research: Residents learn to develop and conduct a clinical research project and obtain Institutional Research Board (IRB) approval.

Practice management: Residents utilize practice management skills to promote rational and safe use of medications; residents master personal development skills for life-long learning and professional growth.

Learning Experiences and Rotations

Required Rotations  

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at EUH or EUHM (4 weeks)*
  • Medical ICU at EUH (4 weeks)
  • Medical ICU at EUHM (4 weeks)*
  • Neurocritical Care (4 weeks)
  • Nutrition Support (2-4 weeks)
  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Surgical ICU (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology at Georgia Poison Control Center (2-4 weeks)*

*EUHM (Emory University Hospital Midtown), Georgia Poison Control center, and Mercer University College of Pharmacy are off-site. Financial support will not be provided in relation to any travel between these locations. 
†Not required if previously completed during PGY1 residency at EUH

Elective Rotations (choose 2)

  • Cardiac ICU (4 weeks)
  • Evening Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks)
  • Medical ICU II (4 weeks)
Additional elective learning experiences maybe developed based on resident interest or preceptor availability 

Longitudinal Requirements 

  • Case Conference
  • Grand Rounds
  • Pharmacy Service Commitment (Operational Staffing/Clinical Rounding)
  • On-Call Experience
  • Practice Management
  • Research
  • Pharmacy Teaching Program (Teaching Certificate)at Mercer University College of Pharmacy (if not completed during PGY1)

‡In an addition to 4 weeks of research (will be split between 2 weeks in December and 2 weeks in February/March), resident will be allotted an additional 10 research day throughout the year.  Only 1 research day may be used per month / rotation. The resident must select their research day prior to the start of rotation and send a request to their rotation preceptor, research advisor(s), and RPD using an appointment request in Outlook; resident should also update their research days on “PGY2 Critical Care Resident Tracking Form” at least quarterly Residents are excused from all patient care activities (excluding on-call duties) on their research days. Research days may not be taken on the weekend.

Licensure and Compensation

Licensure: Residents must have Pharm.D. degree, completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy residency, licensure in the state of Georgia within 120 days of residency start date. Incoming PGY2 Critical Care resident must be able to start PGY2 residency program in July.


  • $56,000/year salary plus medical, dental and vision insurance 
  • $75/year towards professional organization dues 
  • Funded meetings – ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress or the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Nutrition Science and Practice Conference 
  • 26 days of PTO will be accrued throughout residency year 
  • Professional leave for meetings 
  • ALS/BLS certification 
  • Continuing education opportunities provided on-site 
  • Dual monitor computer access in resident office space 
  • Create long-lasting relationship with co-residents from other ASHP-accredited PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs

Professional Development 

Residents participate in professional organizations during their residency year and receive $75 to pay professional dues. Residents are encouraged to present research findings at ACCP, SCCM or both.

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Contact Info

For more information, please contact the program director.

Tu-Trinh Tran, PharmD, BCCCP
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322