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

Core Learning Experiences

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)*
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (8 weeks)**
  • Neuro Critical Care ICU (4 weeks)
  • Nutrition Support (2-4 weeks)
  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology/Poison control (2-4 weeks)

*Includes EUH ED or EUHM ED
**Includes Medical ICU at EUH or EUHM
†Not required if previously completed during PGY1 residency at EUH

Elective Learning Experiences 

  • Cardiac ICU (4 weeks)
  • Evening Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks)

Residents may repeat any required rotation; other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest or preceptor availability

Rotations occur during the month of November and January will be a 6 weeks rotation to accommodate for ASHP Midyear Conference and SCCM Annual Congress Meeting

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Case Conference
  • Inpatient and Clinical Staffing
  • On-Call
  • Grand Rounds
  • Practice Management
  • Research
  • Teaching Certificate (if not completed during PGY1)

‡Will be allotted 10 research days, the last 2-3 consecutive weeks in December, and 2-3 weeks in February or March for research. Only 1 research day may be used per month/rotation. The resident must select their research day prior to the start of the 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 the "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

Longitudinal Experiences

Research project:  Residents will participate in a flipped-model research project; complete one manuscript with submission to a peer-reviewed journal by the end of the residency year. Residents present their projects at Vizient/ASHP Midyear poster session and the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC).

Grand Rounds presentation: Residents prepare a 60-minute presentation on an approved topic for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit.

Precepting/Mentoring opportunities: Residents serve as co-preceptors for University of Georgia/Mercer University College of Pharmacy fourth-year PharmD student(s) and PGY1 pharmacy resident (when available); educate pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff in daily interdisciplinary rounding.

Didactic lectures: Residents will prepare and present a lecture on a chosen critical care topic at Mercer University College of Pharmacy 

Journal club: Residents present recent critical care pharmacotherapy journal articles during the quarterly critical care journal club meeting. 

Staffing: Residents have a mix of clinical and operational weekend staffing responsibilities.

Leadership: As part of the practice management experience, residents serve as secretary for the critical care/cardiology/emergency medicine committee meeting. Residents may choose to become a coordinator for either grand rounds/case conference, research or wellness committee.

Code response: Residents attend and actively participate in adult code response throughout the residency year.

On-call: PGY-2 residents participate in the on-call program every other Wednesday.

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.

Contact Info

For more information, please contact the program director.

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