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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency: Infectious Diseases

The WakeMed Health & Hospitals PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program provides residents with the experience and knowledge necessary to become competent practitioners in infectious diseases pharmacy practice and antimicrobial stewardship.

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 resident will excel in the care of patients with infectious diseases in any setting. Excellence will be achieved by completing the following objectives:

  • Provide exceptional patient care and unsurpassed service in a infectious diseases setting
  • Critically evaluate published literature to create and redesign evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic regimens
  • Provide drug information and identify opportunities to contribute 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 infectious disease 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
  • Prepare the resident to accept a position within an acute care or non-tenure track faculty setting
  • Present research and/or provide education at a professional conference

WakeMed Health & Hospitals Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) was established in 2009. The ASP covers 3 acute care facilities, 3 free standing emergency departments, 1 inpatient rehabilitation center, and primary care clinics. The ASP is a multidisciplinary group that includes an infectious diseases physician, infectious diseases pharmacist, microbiologists, infection preventionists, clinical nurse specialists, and physicians. It is led by the Medical Director of Occupational Health and Infection Prevention, Christopher Ingram, MD. WakeMed ASP has several interdisciplinary rounding services including: (1) Antimicrobial Stewardship - 3 days a week; (2) HAI Prevention (HAIPI) - 2 days a week; and (3) Clinical Microbiology - one day a week.


  • 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.

Number of Positions: 1

Rotations & Required Activities

The resident will have 9 required one month rotations depending on their previous experiences and interests. Rotation selection will be tailored to the resident’s past experience and career goals. The resident will also provide pharmacy services in the Wake County Health Department (WCHD) HIV Clinic by completing a one month ambulatory care rotation with a focus in HIV followed by 2 half days a month for the rest of the year in the WCHD HIV clinic. The resident will serve on interdisciplinary committees including the Antimicrobial Stewardship P&T sub-committee and Sepsis Taskforce Committee.

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship I
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship II
  • Infectious Diseases with a teaching focus
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • HIV Ambulatory Care
  • Administration and technology
  • Emergency Medicine

Elective Rotations:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine with a teaching focus
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medicine ICU
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Critical Care ICU

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Infectious Diseases Consult Service
  • Teaching Experience
  • Service as a decentralized clinical pharmacist and HAI rounding team
  • HIV Ambulatory Care

Additional Required Activities:

  • Complete and present a residency research project at a regional conference
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program


  • Estimated stipend $50,000
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Paid days off (PDO) = 14 days
  • Travel allowance to attend professional meetings

Application Information

Questions? Contact:

Shannon Holt, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Residency Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education | UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy