Pharmacy Residency Programs at Denver Health

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

Get an inside look at the Denver Health Pharmacy Residency Programs in this virtual tour video.

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. Denver Health’s 9 federally qualified health centers are Level 3 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified patient-centered medical homes and include the following services: primary care, clinical pharmacy, 340B pharmacies, dental health, behavioral health, social work, and addiction counseling. 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 values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. This is evident in our mission, the services provided to our community, and our approach to employee recruitment. The pharmacy residency programs at Denver Health share this value and seek to create an equitable recruitment process that focuses on a holistic review of applicants. For more information on Denver Health’s diversity and inclusion initiatives click here.

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Denver Health Benefits

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

Watch this video for an overview of Denver Health's Pharmacy Residency Program.
  • 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: $50,000 and PGY2’s: $55,000 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; Interviews likely to be performed virtually due to COVID 

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 (4-5 weeks each)

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

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Formulary Management / Drug Policy
  • Service Commitment / Operational Knowledge (every 3rd weekend)
  • Leadership Development

Elective Learning Experiences(4-5 weeks each)

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Transitions of Care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • 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)

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Research 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 and/or 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 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 interview.

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


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

2020-2021
Shannon Ketchem, PharmD
Nichol Ngo, PharmD
Hannah Van Ochten, PharmD, MPH

 

 

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

Twitter:@DhRpd1

PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Information

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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 accredited 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 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.

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 (3 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)
  • Emergency Medicine – Adult I (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine – Adult II (8 - 10 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine – Pediatrics (4 weeks)
  • Medical ICU (4weeks)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)

Emergency Medicine - Pediatrics (4 weeks)

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

Required Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Major Project 
  • Presentations and Preceptorship
  • Management and Leadership
  • Medical Emergency Response (Code Blue, Stroke Alert, Trauma Alert / Activation) 
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Clinical staffing (ICU / Emergency Department) every 3rd weekend 
    o Up to 14 additional ICU/ED cross cover shifts (as applicable based on resident progress)
     

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)
  • Denver Health Pediatric ICU (4 weeks) 
  •  Research Design and Methodology (4 weeks)
  • University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • University of Colorado Hospital Burn ICU (4 weeks)
     

 

Denver Health Pediatric ICU (4 weeks)

Research Design and Methodology (4 weeks)

 

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 760269. 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 emergency medicine 
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 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 interview.

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

ASHP Code: 82025
NMS#: 760269

Contacts

Jordan Dawson, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 
Acute Care Pharmacy Supervisor, Clinical
Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director 
790 Delaware Street, MC0056 
Denver, CO 80204 
Jordan.Dawson@dhha.org
303-602-9215

Lance Ray, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
Lance.ray@dhha.org
303-602-3392

Twitter: @LRayRx

 

 

Current and Past PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residents

2017-2018: Amelia Nelson, PharmD

2018-2019: Evelyn Iniguez, PharmD

2019-2020: Kali Turrin, PharmD

2020-2021: Niko Kovacich, 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
  • 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

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 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, BCCCP

 


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

 


 

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


2020-2021 PGY2 Critical Care Resident Class

Rebecca Swayngim, 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

Twitter: @andykimpharmd


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

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Information

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

The program was surveyed on September 2-3, 2020, and will receive final decision on accreditation duration after the ASHP Board of Directors meeting in April 2021.

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 Level 3 NCQA certified patient-centered medical homes and include the following services: primary care, clinical pharmacy, retail pharmacy, dental health, behavioral health, social work, and addiction counseling.

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.

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 (rotational; 3 months)
  • Leadership and Management (longitudinal; 12 months)
  • Research / Quality Improvement (longitudinal; 12 months)
  • Continuity of Care Clinic (longitudinal; 9 months)

Elective Learning Experiences (choose 2-3 per year)

  • Academia
  • Advanced Hypertension
  • Cardiology (Healthy Hearts Clinic)
  • Hepatitis C Clinic (GI and ID Clinics)
  • Intensive Outpatient Clinic
  • Psychiatry (UC Health)
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Transitions of Care

(Electives vary from 1-3 days per week for 6-12 weeks)

Research and Teaching Experiences

  • Develop, review, and assess medication use evaluation (MUE) project. Present MUE at approved conference in December.
  • Design, conduct, assess, evaluate, and submit for publication a quality improvement research project. Present research project at approved conference near end of residency year.
  • Optional participation in “A Structured Program to Guide Residents’ Experience in Research” (ASPIRE) Program.
  • Complete Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate Program (if not already achieved during PGY1 residency).
  • 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 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 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 PGY2 Residency in ambulatory care
    • Why you chose to apply for the Denver Health residency program
    • Your short and long term career goals 
    • Your strengths and weakness at this point in career and how residency 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 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 PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Advisory Committee to determine which candidates will be invited for an interview. Resident applicants are responsible for submitting all required materials online through PhORCAS. 

 Class  Resident  MUE Project  Major Research Project Job Post Residency 
 2020 – 2021  Stephanie Wienkers, PharmD Evaluation of the use of SGLT2-inhibitors within a large safety net health system  Pharmacist initiation and monitoring of PrEP for patients at risk of HIV transmission  
 2019 – 2020  Blaire White, PharmD  Evaluation of the use of denosumab within a large safety net health system  Antihypertensive prescribing patterns and hypertension control in women of childbearing age within a large safety net health system  (in review for publication)  Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Billings Clinic (Billings, MT
 2018 – 2019  Paul Cornelison, PharmD, BCACP  Use of sacubitril/valsartan for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) in a safety   Clinical pharmacist outreach to increase statin use for patients with cardiovascular disease in a safety net healthcare system (accepted for publication)  Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Evans Army Community Hospital (Fort Carson, CO)

ASHP Code: 82027 

NMS#: 777265


Contacts

Amber D. Cizmic, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Denver Health Lowry Clinic
1001 Yosemite Street MC 0125
Denver, CO 80230
303-602-3261
Amber.cizmic@dhha.org

Twitter: @acdpharmd

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 was a new program for the 2019-2020 residency year. The program was surveyed on September 2-3, 2020, and will receive final decision on accreditation duration after the ASHP Board of Directors meeting in April 2021.

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 (4 weeks unless otherwise specified):

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)
  • AMS Teaching
  • AMS / ID Consult
  • General ID Consult
  • Orthopedic ID Consult
  • Transplant ID Consult (at University of Colorado Hospital)
  • Medical ICU
  • Denver Public Health
  • Microbiology (2 weeks)

Elective Learning Experiences (4 weeks unless otherwise specified):

  • Pediatric ID (at Children’s Hospital Colorado)
  • Mycobacterium learning experience (at St. Joseph Hospital) (2-3 weeks) 
  • "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 residents and pharmacy students
  • Involvement in hospital committees including Antimicrobial Subcommittee of P&T, Infection Prevention Committee, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
  • 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 and Past PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residents

2020-2021: Margaret (Maggie) Cooper, PharmD
2019-2020 Axel Vazquez Deida, PharmD

ASHP Code: 82033
NMS#: 794055

Contact
Kati Shihadeh, PharmD, BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases 
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director 
Co-Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Office: 303-602-6986

katherine.shihadeh@dhha.org

Twitter:@kcshihadeh

Meet the RPDs

Rebecca Reiss

Becky Reiss (PGY1 RPD): Becky is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Behavioral Health and the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Denver Health Medical Center. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist who has worked at Denver Health since 2015, becoming Residency Program Coordinator in 2017 and Program Director in 2018. Dr. Reiss earned her BA in Psychology and PharmD from Drake University in 2012, and then went on to complete her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Missouri and her PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is passionate about reducing stigma associated with mental illness and her clinical interests include psychosis, treatment refractory mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Additionally, Dr. Reiss sits on the preceptor development and resident wellness workgroups, guest lectures for nursing and pharmacy learners, serves as a reviewer for Mental Health Clinician, and is a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists as well as the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Outside of work, Dr. Reiss serves on the board of a local dog rescue and fosters homeless pups. She also enjoys gardening, hiking with her dog, traveling, and reading.

Lance Ray

Lance Ray (PGY2 Emergency Medicine RPD): Lance is an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist and the PGY2 Residency Program Director at Denver Health. He is also affiliate faculty with the Global Emergency Care Initiative and lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado. Dr. Ray’s primary interests and subspecialty activities focus on acute management of arrhythmia and anticoagulation reversal in the emergency setting. He received his PharmD from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 2006. He has served in three large emergency departments, including two with level-one trauma designation, over his 14 years of experience as a clinical pharmacist. He is a member of the ASHP Advisory Group for Emergency Medicine, recipient of multiple pharmacy preceptor awards, and has traveled extensively with medical outreach trips across Guatemala. Outside of work Lance enjoys oil painting, listening to music, working on classic cars and snow skiing.

Andy Kim

Andy Kim (PGY2 Critical Care RPD): Andy Kim is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Medical ICU at Denver Health Medical Center and has been the residency program director for the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program since 2017. Originally from the Kansas City area, he completed his PharmD degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Kim completed his PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. He is a board certified critical care pharmacist and his clinical interests include sepsis/resuscitation, PK/PD alterations in critical illness, anticoagulation, and medication dosing related to renal replacement therapies. He is an avid tennis player, outdoor enthusiast, foodie and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and his dog (a Vizsla)!

Amber Cizmic

Amber Cizmic (PGY2 Ambulatory Care RPD): Amber Cizmic is an Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Denver Health Lowry Clinic, and she’s been at Denver Health since May 2016.  She is also the residency program director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program. After earning her PharmD degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in 2012, Dr. Cizmic completed a PGY1 Pharmacy residency at the Denver VA Medical Center in 2013 and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care specialty residency at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in 2014. She is also a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist, and her clinical interests include cardiometabolic disease state management, clinical service optimization/expansion, and preceptorship/mentorship. Dr. Cizmic is a member of American Society of Health System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy, where she sits on various Ambulatory Care PRN committees. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and you can usually find them at the parks or exploring the mountains.

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Kati Shihadeh (PGY2 Infectious Diseases RPD): Kati Shihadeh is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Denver Health Medical Center. After earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in 2011, she completed both her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. At Denver Health, Dr. Shihadeh is the co-director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the director of the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program. She is board-certified in infectious diseases, and her primary interests include antimicrobial stewardship, treating multi-drug resistant organisms, and optimizing the use of diagnostic tests. Dr. Shihadeh is currently a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, hiking as well as other outdoor activities, and exploring new restaurants.

Meet the Residents

Hannah Van Ochten

Hannah Van Ochten (PGY1): Hannah is from Minnetonka, MN. Prior to coming to Denver Health, she completed her PharmD and MPH at the University of Minnesota. Her clinical interests include psychiatry, ambulatory care and oncology. Hannah chose Denver Health because of the wide range of learning experiences and DH’s investment in the social determinates that impact their patients. Outside of residency, Hannah likes to spend time outside, go hiking, read and spend time with her friends and family.

Nichol Ngo

Nichol Ngo (PGY1): Nichol is from Broomfield, CO and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Her clinical interests include critical care and cardiology. Cost is a limiting factor for many Americans seeking healthcare, so Denver Health’s dedication and contributions to serving those vulnerable populations has inspired her since her first rotation at Denver Health as an advanced IPPE student. The academically challenging environment, cohesiveness of the pharmacy department, opportunity to work with well-known and respected providers, and variety of learning experiences made this her ideal residency institution. In her free time, Nichol likes to go snowshoeing, learn new crafts, spend time with family and friends, and go to concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Shannon Ketchem

Shannon Ketchem (PGY1): Shannon is from Alexandria, VA and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from East Tennessee State University. Her clinical interests include infectious diseases and internal medicine. Particularly, she loves the opportunity to deescalate antibiotics and educate other healthcare professionals. She chose Denver Health so she could treat a diverse patient population and make an impact on underserved communities. She also looked forward to working with the amazing preceptors she met on her interview day who made her feel comfortable and welcome at Denver Health. Outside of work Shannon enjoys hiking, camping, walking her dog, reading, and traveling.

Nikolas Kovacich

Niko Kovacich (PGY2 Emergency Medicine): Niko is originally from Broomfield, CO. He received his PharmD from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and then went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson in Arizona prior to coming to Denver Health for his PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency. His clinical interests include toxicology/toxinology, status epilepticus, and anything emergency medicine-related. He chose Denver Health because it is home to one of the original emergency medicine medical residencies in the nation, the best pre-hospital care system in the nation, and many world-renowned trauma physicians, not to mention its close affiliation with the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Information Center. On top of that, Denver Health is Colorado’s premier safety net institution that provides care for the largest margin of medically-underserved patients in the state. All of these things considered, Denver Health was the ideal institution for him to train for a career in emergency medicine pharmacy. Outside of residency Niko enjoys playing hockey, golf, snowboarding, and hanging out with his wife and dogs.

Rebecca Swayngim

Rebecca Swayngim (PGY2 Critical Care): Rebecca is from Asheville, NC and earned her PharmD from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She completed her PGY1 Residency at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California. Her clinical interests include septic shock, ECMO and hematology/anticoagulation. Rebecca was drawn to Denver Health because of the unique patient population and progressive academic environment. Her personal interests include hiking, snowboarding, and interior design.

Stephanie Wienkers

Stephanie Wienkers (PGY2 Ambulatory Care): Stephanie is from Cedarburg, WI (outside of Milwaukee) and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed an ambulatory care focused PGY1 at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, an FQHC in Hillsboro, OR. She is interested in diabetes, heart failure, hepatitis C and HIV. She chose Denver Health because of their mission to provide care for the medically underserved and the integral role clinical pharmacists play on the primary care team.  Outside of work Stephanie likes to read, travel, spend time with family and friends, and spend time back home on the lake.

Margaret Cooper

Maggie Cooper (PGY2 Infectious Diseases): Maggie is from Dayton, Ohio and received her PharmD at the University of Colorado.  She completed a PGY1 residency at Detroit Medical Center and is now the PGY2 infectious diseases resident at Denver Health.  Her interests include gram-negative resistance, pharmacokinetics, antibiotic allergies, and public health.  She loves Denver Health’s mission and their investment in public health.  She is thankful for the diverse range of learning experiences and the supportive and inspiring group of preceptors. In her free time, she likes to go to the mountains for hiking, camping, and snowboarding.