Pharmacy Residency Programs at Denver Health

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

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, equity 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 free parking pass.
  • Free membership to onsite gym.
  • 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

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. Denver Health PGY1 pharmacy residents are eligible to apply for our PGY2 programs through the early commitment or match process.

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 5 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 Diseases
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Medication Safety, Regulatory and Quality

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Formulary Management / Drug Policy (3-4 months)
  • Service Commitment / Operational Knowledge (every 3rd weekend)
  • Leadership Development
  • Research
  • Teaching (including an optional teaching certificate program)

Elective Learning Experiences(4-5 weeks each)

  • Ambulatory Care (primary care or geriatrics)
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care Days (medical or surgical ICU)
  • Critical Care Evenings (all critical care areas)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pediatrics
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Teaching Certificate (longitudinal) through The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 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 Colorado 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
  • LEAN training through the Organizational Development department at Denver Health

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 that helps us get to know you beyond your CV (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 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

2021-2022

Ashley Franco, PharmD, MS

  • Major Project: Impact of a naloxone best practice advisory on prescriber behavior: a pre-post implementation analysis
  • MUE: IV acetylcysteine for non-acetaminophen induced liver failure

Doan Do, PharmD

  • Major Project: Low-dose dexamethasone among ventilator-dependent infants and adrenal insufficiency: a retrospective cohort study in a neonatal intensive care unit
  • MUE: Continuation of antipsychotics initiated in the intensive care unit at transfer to floor units and beyond discharge: a medication use evaluation

Kira Voyer, PharmD 

  • Major Project: Effects of mindfulness intervention on burnout of pharmacists in a safety net health care system
  • MUE: Evaluation of the use of statins in peripheral artery disease

 

 

 

Contact
Rebecca Reiss, PharmD, BCPP

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:@DhRpd1https://twitter.com/DhRpd1

PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Information

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

Purpose:

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 emergency medicine PGY2 residency provides 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 in the emergency care setting. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions, board certification, teaching other health professionals and health professional students

Program Overview:

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This intensive one-year training program 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 builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency program to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist in a specialized area of practice. The program involves activities in a wide variety of practice settings, including: providing optimal medication management for patients who are in need of emergent care; 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 both didactic and experiential 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.

Finally, the program provides a unique setting as Denver Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center as well as Colorado’s premier safety net institution that provides care for the largest margin of medically underserved patients in the state. Denver Health is home to one of the first Emergency Medicine Physician Residencies in the nation and also one of the premier prehospital care systems in the nation, the Denver Division of Paramedics, both of which provide a robust backdrop for collaborative opportunities in education and research for the pharmacy resident.

 

Residency Program Structure

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. We currently offer a traditional research approach to allowing the resident to select a major project and MUE of interest at the beginning of the year, work through challenges and gain independence to follow the project through to manuscript development by the end of the year.

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

 

Required Longitudinal Experiences:

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

 

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

  • EMS/Pre-hospital (Denver Division of Paramedics) (2 weeks)
  • Denver Health Pediatric ICU (4 weeks) 
  • Research Design and Methodology (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine - University of Colorado Hospital  (4 weeks)
  • Burn ICU - University of Colorado Hospital  (4 weeks)
  • Advanced Independent Practice
     

 

 

 

Attendance and participation in the following throughout the year: 

  • Pharmacy Grand Rounds Presentation
  • Hospital leadership committee(s) 
  • Didactic teaching to pharmacy students
  • Didactic teaching for medical residents (Denver Health EM Residency)
  • National/local meetings as required by the residency
  • Exposure to Professional Society EM Groups
  • PGY2 recruitment process 
  • Emergency Department Policy and Management
 

 

 

 

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

Lance Ray, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director
790 Delaware Street, MC0056
Denver, CO 80204
Lance.ray@dhha.org
303-602-3392

Twitter: @LRayRx

 

 

Current PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residents

2021-2022: Megan Vandergriend, 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:

  • ICU PM
  • Pediatric/Neonatal 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 (Critical Care) 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)
  • Leadership and Practice Management
  • 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

Current PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident 

2021-2022

Anna White, PharmD, MBA


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 Pharmacy Residency Program Information

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

   

Denver Health – Ambulatory Care:

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, medication-assisted treatment, 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.

Program Purpose:

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.

Program Structure:

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

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.). To augment residency learning experiences, the resident may also choose to moonlight in the outpatient pharmacies within Denver Health. 

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 (2-3 per year)

  • Cardiology (Healthy Hearts Clinic)
  • Hepatitis C Clinic (GI and ID Clinics)
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry (UC Health)
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Teaching Certificate through The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (longitudinal)

(Electives are 2 days per week for 6 weeks, unless otherwise specified)

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.
  • Present Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation (1 hour, CE accredited)
  • 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 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:
    • 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
  • Essay response to question about your personal experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • 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. 

Current PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident: 

Veronica Hernandez Ramos, PharmD
MUE: Evaluation of DOAC therapy in non-FDA approved indications in a safety net population
Major Research Project:
Prospective Interventional De-prescribing of Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular disease in the Elderly Population

ASHP Code: 82027 

NMS#: 777265


Contact

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 accredited by ASHP.

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that is designed to provide a structured learning environment and 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 infectious diseases-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 resident may participate in additional activities including: penicillin allergy testing, ED culture call back, pre-approval of restricted antimicrobials, participation in hospital committees including Antimicrobial Subcommittee, Infection Prevention Committee, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and attendance and participation in local and national meetings.

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
  • Clinical staffing every 3rd weekend
  • Leadership and practice management
  • Fellow’s Clinic

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

2021-2022: Alex Craig, 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

becky 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 pain/agitation/delirium. He is an avid tennis player, outdoor enthusiast, foodie and enjoys spending time with his family 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, cooking and exploring new restaurants.

Residency preceptors will be highlighted throughout the fall on our Twitter account. Follow us to meet some of our PGY1 and PGY2 preceptors!

Meet Current and Past Residents

ashley franco

Ashley Franco (PGY1):  Dr. Franco is originally from Phoenix, AZ where she obtained her Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery from Arizona State University. Prior to coming to Denver Health, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Her clinical interests include critical care, emergency medicine, neurology, and oncology. Ashley chose Denver Health because of their mission to serve our most vulnerable patient populations, the wide variety of unique learning experiences, and the opportunity to work with such knowledgeable and supportive preceptors. Additionally, Ashley is passionate about providing care for the medically underserved and promoting diversity in the health professions, and she knew Denver Health represented the ideal institution to complete her residency training. Outside of work she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, spending time with her wife and son, and exploring new restaurants around Denver. Twitter: @AFrancoRx

doan do

Doan Do (PGY1):  Dr. Do is from Kansas City, MO. She completed her PharmD at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy. Her clinical interests include neurosurgery and psychiatry. She used to work at another hospital that provided care to the most vulnerable populations at multiple levels of care. She chose Denver Health because she wanted to continue to help patients receive the care that they deserve regardless of their socioeconomic background. DH has a wide variety of specialties to learn from to become a truly well-rounded pharmacist. DH also has preceptors that are amazing and want to help their residents succeed. Outside of residency, Doan likes to go to new restaurants in Denver, hike, start new crafts, and go outdoor rock climbing or bouldering. Twitter: @DoanDo

kira voyer

Kira Voyer (PGY1):  Dr. Voyer is from Rochester, New York and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her clinical interests include ambulatory care, infectious diseases, academia, and medication safety. Kira chose Denver Health because of the opportunity to serve vulnerable patients in Colorado’s premier safety net institution, the wide range of unique learning experiences, and the academically challenging environment. Outside of residency, Kira likes to travel, hike, eat (and cook) food, and spend time with her friends and family. Twitter: @kiraglutide

megan vandergrien

Megan Vandergriend (PGY2 Emergency Medicine): Dr. Vandergriend is originally from Omaha, NE and received her PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She then went on to complete her PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO prior to coming to Denver Health for her PGY2 Emergency Medicine pharmacy residency. Her clinical interests include trauma, toxicology, pediatrics, resuscitation, and ID in the ED. Megan was drawn to Denver Health because of the large proportion of medically-underserved patients that Denver Health cares for, the well-known emergency medicine physician residency program that creates a quality teaching culture in the emergency department, and the close affiliation with the Rocky Mountain Poison Center and Drug Information Center. In her free time, Megan enjoys trying new restaurants and breweries, hiking, spending time with her significant other, family, friends, and her cat Winston. Twitter: @MegVPharmD

ana white

Anna White (PGY2 Critical Care):  Dr. White is from Roscoe, IL and completed her PharmD degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She moved from Southern Illinois to Louisiana to complete her PGY-1 residency at University Medical Center New Orleans. Anna was drawn to Denver Health because she felt the institution’s mission to provide high-quality health care to every patient regardless of ability to pay closely aligned with her personal values. Anna’s clinical interests include traumatic brain injury, anticoagulation reversal, and mechanical circulatory support. Outside of work, Anna enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out at home with her two cats.   Twitter: @AnnaWhite_Rx

veronica hernandez ramos

Veronica Hernandez Ramos (PGY2 Ambulatory Care):  Dr. Hernandez Ramos was born in El Salvador, but was raised in El Jebel, CO. She completed her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, then she went on to complete her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA. Her areas of professional interest include ambulatory care, endocrinology, cardiology, public health, and health disparities in the medically underserved populations. What drew her to Denver Health was the opportunity to care for the vulnerable patients within a safety-net institution as well as building her own panel of patients to manage longitudinally. Outside of pharmacy, Veronica enjoys eating good food, exploring and traveling to new countries, being outdoors, watching movies, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and raising her twin daughters (Jade & Daya). Twitter: @RamosPharmd.

alex craig

Alexandra (Alex) Craig (PGY2 Infectious Diseases):  Dr. Craig is from Brookhaven, MS and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (HOTTY TODDY!). She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Her clinical interests include pharmacokinetics/ pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials in renal replacement therapies, management of multi-drug gram-negative resistant organisms, and durations of therapy. Reasons she chose Denver Health include the patient population, unique experiences offered, and a supportive yet challenging work environment. Outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends, listening to true-crime podcasts, and trying new food. Twitter: @AlexMitchell011.

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