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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency: Critical Care

WakeMed/UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program: Critical Care

The PGY2 Critical Care Residency at WakeMed Health & Hospitals is an ASHP-accredited program that provides residents with the experience and knowledge necessary to become competent practitioners in critical care pharmacy practice.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The year will focus on the following objectives:

  • Provide exceptional patient care and unsurpassed service in a critical care setting
  • Contributing to the body of medical literature
  • Develop leadership and practice management skills within and outside of the employing institution
  • Participate in clinical research, medication use evaluations and performance improvement projects focused on critical care pharmacotherapy
  • Develop collaborative relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary patient care team
  • Identify opportunities to improve patient and/or provider quality and safety
  • Provide experiential training and/or education to health care professionals
  • Presenting research and/or provide education at a professional conference


  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Licensure/eligibility for licensure in North Carolina
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited or ASHP-candidate status post-graduate year one pharmacy practice residency
  • Exceptional knowledge, communication skills, and leadership qualities

Qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview or virtual interview.

Interview structure may vary from year to year.

Number of Positions: 1

Rotations & Required Activities

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation 
  • Medicine ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU with Nutrition
  • C(V)ICU (critical care emphasis)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ICU with teaching emphasis

Elective Rotations:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Electronic ICU
  • Pediatric or Neonatal ICU
  • C(V)ICU (cardiology emphasis)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU
  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Administration & Practice Management
  • Optional teaching certificate program
  • Research
  • Service as a decentralized clinical pharmacist
    • Every 3rd weekend
    • 1 major and 1 minor holiday
    • Approximately 7 additional service days throughout the year

Additional Required Activities:

  • Complete and present a residency research project at a conference
  • Formal mentorship program
  • Leadership series
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Present one ACPE-accredited continuing education program


  • Estimated stipend $51,000
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Paid days off (PDO) = 14 days
  • Travel allowance to attend professional meetings

Application Information

Questions? Contact:

Erin (Allender) Ledford, PharmD, BCCCP, BCCP

Cardiology Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Residency Director, PGY2 Critical Care


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