Pharmacy Residency Program at Denver Health

Thank you for expressing interest in our pharmacy residency programs. Denver Health is excited to offer five residency programs: ASHP-accredited Postgraduate Year PGY-1, ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Emergency Medicine, ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Critical Care, ASHP pre-accredited PGY-2 Ambulatory Care, and ASHP pre-accredited PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residencies.

Denver Health is a one-of-a-kind learning environment as one of the primary teaching hospitals in Colorado and is an academic Level 1 trauma center in Denver. These programs provide a wide variety of experiences designed to develop knowledge and expertise in integrated clinical pharmacy practice and medication stewardship, with a strong focus on leadership skills.

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation. Denver Health is home to the Rocky Mountain Regional Level 1 trauma center, Level 2 pediatric trauma center, Denver Public Health, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Information Center, and Denver Health Managed Care to name a few. Denver Health has also been designated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence. The Department of Pharmacy has academic affiliations with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Regis University School of Pharmacy. The hospital has a computerized electronic health record and automated distribution system, centralized unit dose and IV medication preparation areas, and decentralized clinical staff pharmacists.

Denver Health Benefits

All Denver Health PYG1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents are full-time Denver Health employees. Benefits include:

  • Dedicated residency office, computer and desk space.
  • Health and dental benefits.
  • Retirement benefits.
  • Each resident will be assigned a parking pass.
  • Each resident will be fully supported to obtain their ACLS and PALS certification if required by their program.
  • Professional leave and paid registration to attend approved conferences.
  • 10 Paid Time Off (PTO) days: requests are subject to approval by preceptor, the Residency Program Director (RPD), and the manager.
  • Paid holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). For the Ambulatory Care residency program, the resident is not expected to work during these holidays as the clinics are closed.
  • Library Privileges: Access to full text articles via Medline.
  • Each resident earns PGY1: $45,000 and PGY2’s: $50,000 plus benefits annually (subject to market increases annually).

Residency Information

Duration/Type: 12-months

Application Deadline: December 27

Start Date: July 1

Interview Required: Yes

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Information

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The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado, is accredited by ASHP.

The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers training opportunities in acute care, ambulatory clinical care, drug use policy development, clinical services and pharmacy leadership.

The program includes 7 required learning experiences (4 to 6 weeks in length) and a choice of 3 elective learning experiences (4 to 5 weeks in length). There are 4 required longitudinal learning experiences.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Critical Care – choice of Medical ICU or Surgical ICU (5 weeks)
  • Maternal Child Health / Pediatrics (5 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (5 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (5 weeks)
  • Medication Safety, Regulatory and Quality (5 weeks)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Formulary Management / Drug Policy
  • Service Commitment / Operational Knowledge
  • Leadership Development
  • Medication Transitions of Care Pre-Admission Calls

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care (multiple areas including geriatrics)
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Managed Care
  • Transitions of Care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Teaching Certificate (longitudinal)
  • Any required learning experience may also be taken as an elective
  • Opportunities to create new or off-site learning experiences around the resident’s interest (limited to 1 off-site learning experience per year)

Overview of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Requirements

  • Major Project (presented at Mountain States Residency Conference)
  • Medication Use Evaluation (presented at Vizient and ASHP Midyear poster sessions)

Attendance and participation in the following events:

  • Vizient poster session (December)
  • ASHP Midyear poster session (December)
  • ASHP Midyear residency showcase (December)
  • Recruitment and interview process
  • Regional residency showcase (May)
  • Participation and completion of the ASPIRE (A Structured Program to Guide Residents’ Experience in Research) program through The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Application Information

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program and licensed and in good standing, or eligible for licensure, in the state of Colorado by September 1st of the starting year. If not licensed by November 1st, the resident will be terminated from the program.

Denver Health participates in the ASHP National Matching System. Applications should be submitted electronically through PhORCAS. All materials must be received by December 27, 2018 to be considered for the residency program. Necessary application materials include:

  • Letter of intent (maximum of 2 pages) highlighting the following:
    • Your goals and reason for doing a PGY1 Residency
    • Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program
    • Your short and long term goals in pharmacy practice
    • Your strengths and weakness at this point in career and how residency will help you develop and achieve your goals
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template. Letter writers should be able to provide unique perspectives, therefore we request that each one be chosen based on their ability to satisfy the following requirements. If one writer is able to speak from two perspectives, they may be used for both, allowing you to choose a third writer of any relationship.
    • A preceptor able to speak to your clinical performance (i.e. clinical, problem solving, communication, and patient care skills)
    • An employer or someone able to speak to your skills as an employee (i.e. timeliness, customer service, teamwork, etc.)
    • A professional contact who has known you for over half of your pharmacy education who can speak to your character and performance over time
  • Curriculum Vitae. 
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript (need not include the current fall semester if unavailable prior to the application deadline).

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Residency Advisory Committee to determine which candidates will be invited for an onsite interview.

Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.


ASHP Code: 82101
NMS#: 134213
Current PGY1 Resident Class

2019-2020

Bailey Kernan, PharmD
Mackenzie Pierce, PharmD
Briana Williams, PharmD

Contact
Rebecca Reiss, PharmD, BCPS

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Pharmacist Clinical Specialist - Behavioral Health
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
303-602-9194
rebecca.reiss@dhha.org

PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program

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The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is accredited by ASHP.

Purpose and Program Overview

The ASHP Candidate Status PGY-2 Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacy Residency program at Denver Health Medical Center is as 12-month program of training and experience based upon the ASHP standards for PGY2 Pharmacy Residencies in Emergency Medicine. The program will begin in late June/early July and finish at the end of June the following year. Upon successful completion of the residency requirements, the resident is awarded a certificate of program completion.

The PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency program at Denver Health Medical Center is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist.

This intensive training program involves activities in a wide variety of practice settings, including: providing optimal medication management for patients who are in need of emergent care; training in ACLS and PALS; participation in both adult and pediatric medical emergencies; participation in the trauma services provided in our Level 1 regional trauma center; designing, optimizing and managing treatment regimens for hospitalized patients in a variety of intensive care settings; and teaching patients, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals as an integral part of the health care team.

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine resident will have the opportunity for teaching throughout their residency year, including co-precepting and mentoring PGY1 residents and APPE students. The resident will have the opportunity to provide EM related lectures to the Department of Emergency Medicine Residency program faculty and residents. A staffing component in critical care areas will be required (pursuant on progress of PGY2 resident in ability to staff in critical care areas) as well as a major research project that will be presented at a national meeting with the intent to publish in a peer reviewed journal. Residents completing our program will demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system.

The purpose of a PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (if available).

Required Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine – Adult I (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine – Adult II (8 weeks)

Emergency Medicine - Pediatrics (4 weeks)

  • Medical ICU (4weeks)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)

Required Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Research Project
  • Management and Leadership

Clinical Staffing (every 3rd weekend)

  • Presentations and Preceptorship

Elective Learning Experiences: (3-4 available based on resident needs)

  • Emergency Medical Services-Pre-hospital Care (2 weeks)
  • University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

 

Denver Health Pediatric ICU (4 weeks)

Research Design and Methodology (4 weeks)

 

University of Colorado Hospital Burn ICU (4 weeks)

 

 

Overview of additional program requirements:

  •  Major Project
  •  Clinical staffing (ICU / Emergency Department)
  •  Medical Emergency Response (Code Blue, Stroke Alert, Trauma Alert / Activation)
  •  Medication Use Evaluation / Quality Improvement

Presentations:

  • Inter-disciplinary presentations to EM residents and faculty
  • Pharmacy department Lunch and Learn presentations
  • Journal club presentations with University of Colorado PGY2 residents

Attendance and participation in the following events:

  • Quality/Case Review Committee
  • Recruitment and interview process
  • National/regional conference

Clinical Staffing (ICU/ED)

  • Every 3rd weekend
  • Up to 14 additional ICU/ED cross cover shifts (as applicable based on resident progress)

Requirements for Applicants:

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program, completed or in progress of completing an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, or eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado by September 1st of the starting year. If not licensed by November 1st, the resident will be terminated from the program.

Denver Health participates in the ASHP National Matching System. Applications should be submitted electronically through PhORCAS. All materials must be received by December 27th to be considered for the residency program. Necessary application materials include:

Letter of intent (maximum of 2 pages) highlighting the following:

1. Your goals and reason for doing an advanced PGY2 specialty residency in emergency medicine

2. Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program

3. Your long term goals in Pharmacy Practice

4. Your strengths and weakness at this point in career and how a PGY2 residency in emergency medicine will help you develop and achieve your goals

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor in emergency medicine or critical care
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript

Current PGY1 Residents at Denver Health Medical Center may early commit to a Denver Health Medical Center PGY2 Residency Programs.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Residency Advisory Council to determine which candidates will be invited for an onsite interview.

Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.

ASHP Code: 82025
NMS#: 760269

Contacts

Kevin Kaucher, PharmD
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
Kevin.kaucher@dhha.org

Current and Past PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residents

2017-2018: Amelia Nelson, PharmD  
2018-2019:
Evelyn Iniguez, PharmD
2019-2020: Kali Turrin, PharmD

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

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The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is accredited by ASHP.

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist. Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation. Denver Health is home to the Rocky Mountain Regional Level 1 Trauma Center for adults and Level II Trauma Center for Children, Rocky Mountain Regional Poison Center, as well as residency and fellowship training site for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The PGY2 Critical Care resident will have the opportunity for teaching throughout their residency year, including co-precepting and mentoring PGY1 residents and APPE students. Opportunities to deliver critical care related lectures will be made available to the PGY2 resident. Additionally, ACLS and PALS certification will be provided. A staffing component in critical care areas will be required (pursuant on progress of PGY2 resident in ability to staff in critical care areas), as well as a major research project with the intent to publish in a peer reviewed journal. Learning experiences not offered at Denver Health may be pursued as elective learning experiences at University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to 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.

Residency Program Structure:

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist.

The program includes 7 required learning experiences (2 to 10 weeks in length) and a choice of elective learning experiences (2 to 4 weeks in length). There are several required longitudinal experiences.

Required Learning Experiences:

  •  Orientation (3-4 weeks)
  •  Medical ICU (8-10 weeks)
  •  Surgical/Trauma ICU (8-10 weeks)
  •  Neurosurgery (4-5 weeks)
  •  Emergency Medicine (4-5 weeks)
  •  Toxicology (4 weeks)
  •  Nutrition Support (2 weeks)

Elective Learning Experiences:

  •  Pediatric ICU
  •  Palliative Care
  •  University of Colorado Health Cardiac ICU/Heart Failure & Transplant ICU
  •  University of Colorado Health Burn ICU
  •  Children’s Hospital of Colorado Pediatric ICU
  •  Children’s Hospital of Colorado Cardiac ICU
  •  Advanced Infectious Diseases
  •  Research Design and Methodology

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  •  Major Project
  •  Clinical staffing (ICU / Emergency Department) every 3rd weekend
  •      Up to 14 additional ICU/ED cross cover shifts (as applicable based on resident progress)
  •  Medical Emergency Response (Code Blue, Stroke Alert, Trauma Alert / Activation)
  •  Medication Use Evaluation
  •  Denver Health / UCH Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Journal Club

Attendance and participation in the following events:

  • Hospital leadership committee(s)
  • PGY2 recruitment process
  • National/local meetings as required by the residency

Application Information & Requirements for Applicants

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program, completed or in progress of completing an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, or eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado by November 1st of the starting year. If not licensed by November 1st, the resident will be terminated from the program.

Denver Health participates in the ASHP National Matching System. The NMS number for our program is 760052. Applications should be submitted electronically through PhORCAS. All materials must be received by December 27 to be considered for the residency program. Necessary application materials include:

Letter of intent (maximum of 1 page) highlighting the following:

1. Your goals and reason for doing an advanced PGY2 specialty residency in critical care

2. Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program

3. Your short and long term goals in pharmacy practice

4. Your strengths and weaknesses at this point in your career and how a PGY2 residency in critical care will help you develop and achieve your goals

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor in emergency medicine or critical care
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript

Current PGY1 Residents at Denver Health Medical Center may early commit to a Denver Health Medical Center PGY2 Residency Programs.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Residency Advisory Council to determine which candidates will be invited for an onsite interview.

Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.

 


ASHP Code: 82024
NMS#:
760052

 


2017-2018 PGY2 Critical Care Resident Class
Ashley Schuler, PharmD

 


2018-2019 PGY2 Critical Care Resident Class
Claire Kim, PharmD

 


 

2019-2020 PGY2 Critical Care Resident Class 
Sophia Bonnin, PharmD


Contacts:
Andy Kim, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, MICU
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
303-602-9422
andy.kim@dhha.org

2018-2019 PGY2 Critical Care Resident class 
Claire Kim, PharmD

 


2018-2019 PGY2 Critical Care Resident class 
Claire Kim, PharmD

 

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Residency Program

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The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is in pre-candidate status by ASHP.

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system caring for nearly one-third of Denver’s population. We serve as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation, and in the last ten years, Denver Health has provided more than $2.1 billion in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health has 9 family health centers and 18 school-based clinics across the Denver-metro area. Our federally qualified health centers are certified patient-centered medical homes and include the following services: primary care, clinical pharmacy, retail pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, social work, addiction counseling, etc.

Our integrated healthcare system is also home to Denver Public Health Department, Correctional Care Medical Facility, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Information Center, and Denver Health Managed Care to name a few. The ambulatory clinical pharmacy team provides comprehensive disease state management and population health services both in clinic and via telephone. Majority of disease state management in primary care includes anticoagulation, ASCVD risk reduction, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, and latent tuberculosis infection, but this is not all-inclusive.

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care resident will have the opportunity to build his/her own panel of patients and manage various disease states via collaborative practice agreements alongside other healthcare professionals (primary care and specialty providers, medical residents, nurses, behavioral health providers, social workers, etc.). The Department of Pharmacy has academic affiliations with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Regis University School of Pharmacy offering multiple opportunities for education and precepting.

The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to 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 a PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The ultimate goal of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program at Denver Health is to train ambulatory care clinical pharmacists to become proficient in the design and delivery of ambulatory clinical pharmacy services within an integrated safety net health system as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Residency Program Structure

The residency program is structured into four quarter blocks. Resident will have 1-3 learning experiences each block either in a required and/or elective setting. Resident will also have one continuity of care experience throughout most of the year. Resident will have 1-2 one-half days per week of administrative time to work on research, teaching certificate, projects, etc.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Primary Care – Adult, Family Medicine, Population Health (longitudinal and rotational)
  • Leadership and Management (longitudinal)
  • Research / Quality Improvement (longitudinal)
  • Continuity of Care Clinic (longitudinal)

Elective Learning Experiences (choose 2-3)

  • Academia
  • Behavioral Health (Denver VA Medical Center)
  • Cardiology
  • Denver Health Medical Plan
  • Hepatitis C Clinic (Denver Health GI and ID Clinics)
  • Transitions of Care
  • Intensive Outpatient Clinic
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Geriatrics

Overview of PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Requirements

  • Major Project, presented at a national pharmacy meeting with the intent to publish in a peer-reviewed journal (resident to choose project from a list of pertinent department research opportunities)
  • Medication Use Evaluation / Quality Improvement
  • Clinical pharmacy service development and expansion
  • Completion of A Structured Program to Guide Residents’ Experience in Research (ASPIRE) through The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Completion of Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate Program (if not already obtained in PGY1 residency program)

Attendance and participation in the following:

  • Leadership committees
  • Recruitment and interview process
  • Teaching / Education Responsibilities

Denver Health's Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Department serves as a training site for Denver Health PGY1 residents and pharmacy students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Regis University School of Pharmacy. Students participate in introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). PGY2 Ambulatory Care residents will be required to co-precept the PGY1 residents, APPE students, and IPPE students while on learning experiences. In addition, the resident will provide regularly scheduled in-services to pharmacy colleagues and other healthcare providers throughout the year.

Application Information

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program and completed or in progress of completing an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, or eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado by September 1st of the starting year. If not licensed by November 1st, the resident will be terminated from the program.

Denver Health participates in the ASHP National Matching System. Applications should be submitted electronically through PhORCAS. All materials must be received by December 27, 2018 to be considered for the residency program. Necessary application materials include:

  • Letter of intent (maximum of 2 pages) highlighting the following:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor/mentor in ambulatory care
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript

Current PGY1 Residents at Denver Health Medical Center may early commit to a Denver Health Medical Center PGY2 Residency Programs.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Residency Advisory Council to determine which candidates will be invited for an onsite interview. Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.

 


 

 

 

Current and Past PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residents
2019-2020: Blaire White, PharmD 
2018-2019: Paul Cornelison, PharmD

 


 

 

 

 

ASHP Code: 82027
NMS#: 777265

 


 

 

 

 

Contacts

Amber D. Cizmic, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

PGY2 Residency Program Director
Denver Health Lowry Clinic
1001 Yosemite Street MC 0125
Denver, CO 80230
303-602-3261
Amber.cizmic@dhha.org

 


 

 

 

 

Amber D. Cizmic, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator
Denver Health Lowry Clinic
1001 Yosemite Street MC 0125
Denver, CO 80230
303-602-3261
Amber.cizmic@dhha.org

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

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The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency program conducted by Denver Health in Denver, Colorado is in candidate status by ASHP as this is a new program for the 2019-2020 residency year.

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist. Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation. Denver Health is home to the Rocky Mountain Regional Level 1 Trauma Center for adults and Level II Trauma Center for Children, Rocky Mountain Regional Poison Center, as well as residency and fellowship training site for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Denver Health has also been designated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence. The PGY2 Infectious Diseases resident will have the opportunity for teaching throughout their residency year, including co-precepting and mentoring PGY1 residents and APPE students. Opportunities to deliver antimicrobial stewardship-related lectures will be made available to the PGY2 resident. A weekend staffing component will be required as well as a major research project with the intent to publish in a peer reviewed journal.

The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to 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 a PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Residency Program Structure:

The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and to foster an in-depth learning opportunity for a resident to develop into a successful clinical pharmacy specialist. The program includes a mix of required and elective learning experiences (2-5 weeks in length) as well as several required longitudinal experiences.

Required Learning Experiences:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)
  • AMS Teaching
  • AMS / ID Consult
  • General ID Consult
  • Orthopedic ID Consult
  • Transplant ID Consult (at UCH)
  • Medical ICU
  • Denver Public Health
  • Microbiology

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Pediatric ID (at Children’s Hospital Colorado)
  • Mycobacterium learning experience (at National Jewish)
  • "Handshake Stewardship"
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Repeat of required rotation

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Major research project and medication use evaluations
  • Penicillin skin testing
  • Clinical staffing every 3rd weekend
  • ED culture call back
  • Pre-approval of restricted antimicrobials
  • Leadership and practice management
  • Precept PGY-1 pharmacy practice residents and pharmacy students
  • Involvement in hospital committees including Antimicrobial Subcommittee of P&T, Infection Prevention Committee, Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Attendance and participation in the following:
    • Pharmacy Lunch and Learn program
    • PGY2 recruitment process
    • National/local meetings as required by the residency

Application Information & Requirements for Applicants

Applicants must be a PharmD graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program, completed or in progress of completing an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, or eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado by November 1st of the starting year. If not licensed by November 1st, the resident will be terminated from the program.

Denver Health participates in the ASHP National Matching System. Applications should be submitted electronically through PhORCAS. All materials must be received by December 27 to be considered for the residency program. Necessary application materials include:

  • Letter of intent (maximum of 1 page) highlighting the following:
    • Your goals and reason for doing an advanced PGY2 specialty residency in infectious diseases
    • Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program
    • Your short and long term goals in pharmacy practice
    • Your strengths and weaknesses at this point in your career and how a PGY2 residency in infectious diseases will help you develop and achieve your goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Template with at least one from a preceptor who can speak to ability and/or interest in infectious diseases
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript

Current PGY1 Residents at Denver Health Medical Center may early commit to a Denver Health Medical Center PGY2 Residency Programs.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Residency Advisory Council to determine which candidates will be invited for an onsite interview.

Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS.

Current PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident
2019-2020 Axel Vazquez Deida, PharmD

ASHP Code: 82033
NMS#: 794055

***I will not be participating in PPS; however, I will be at Midyear and will be participating in the Denver Health residency showcase. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the showcase. Interested candidates are also welcome to email me to set up a brief meeting time during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.***

Contact
Kati Shihadeh, PharmD, BCIDP
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Co-Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Office: 303-602-6986
katherine.shihadeh@dhha.org