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PGY2 Critical Care Residency

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at  Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is an ASHP-accredited, one-year postgraduate training program.

Program Goals

The program consists of rotations throughout a variety of critical care specialty areas designed to develop advanced skills and competencies necessary to be competent and confident practitioners of pharmaceutical care in the critical care specialty.

Upon completion of this residency, pharmacists will be able to optimize therapeutic outcomes by functioning as integral members of a critical care practice. They will be able to effectively conduct and/or participate in clinical research to improve the pharmacotherapeutic management and outcomes of critically ill patients.  Leadership and interpersonal skills will enable them to be effective contributors to any team, group, or committee of which they are a member.  They will be able to skillfully educate other pharmacy and critical care practitioners.

About Our Program

With the world-renown  Memorial Hermann Life Flight® air medical transport service flying more than 3,000 critically-ill patients per year into one of the country's busiest Level I Trauma Centers at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. As the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents have the opportunity to work with leading physicians who have defined practice in a variety of fields through innovative research. Within the Department of Pharmacy, 15 clinical pharmacist-specialists are dedicated to caring for critically ill patients in 8 specialized intensive care units. Residents at our institution have one of the best resident to preceptor ratios for critical care residencies in the country.

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents will rotate though areas such as the Texas Trauma Institute,   Misher Neuroscience Institute, and the  Heart & Vascular Institute, which make up the backbone of this unique learning environment. During rotations, residents work with teams who have a long history of close partnership with clinical pharmacist-specialists, allowing the residents to integrate seamlessly with attending physicians, fellows, medical residents and interns. Within this teaching environment, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents will have the opportunity to provide education across all disciplines including medical staff, nursing, respiratory care, dieticians, and other pharmacists.

Rotations and Experiences

PGY2 Critical Care Residents will be exposed to a broad range of experiences and activities intended to build the skills necessary to practice as a clinical pharmacist in the critical care setting. Residents are required to complete an orientation month, along with 8 month-long rotations. The remaining months will consist of a research project month and 2 month-long elective rotations.

Residents will conduct a longitudinal research project throughout their residency year that includes presenting the results at a regional residency conference and preparing a written manuscript. Presentation skills will be enhanced by giving an ACPE-accredited seminar presentation along with case presentations throughout the year. Residents will also gain experience with teaching and precepting through the completion of a Teaching Certificate program and co-precepting pharmacy students on clinical rotations.

Required Rotations

  • Cardiac Transplant / Mechanical Circulatory Support OR Cardiovascular Surgery (CVICU)
  • Cardiology (CCU)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care (MICU)
  • Neuroscience Intensive Care (NSICU): Cerebrovascular Service
  • Neuroscience Intensive Care (NSICU): Trauma Service
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)
  • Shock-Trauma Intensive Care (STICU)

Elective Rotations

  • Any Core Rotation
  • Burn Unit
  • Nutrition Support
  • Transplant Intensive Care (TSICU)

Other Experiences

  • Drug Information
    • Drug Monograph
    • Review Article
  • Education
    • Case Presentation
    • Journal Club
    • PGY2 Critical Care Lecture Series
    • Seminar Presentation (ACPE-accredited)
    • Short Topic Presentation
    • Teaching Certificate
  • Pharmacy Operations
    • Clinical On-Call
    • Code Team
  • Research
    • Research Project
    • Residency Conference Presentation
    • Manuscript


Office: Dedicated pharmacy resident office space with personal laptop computer, SpectraLink mobile hospital phone, and pager
Stipend: $55,000
Certification: ACLS
Vacation: 18 days plus 6 holidays (Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day)
Meetings: Financial support is offered to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the ALCALDE Residency Meeting.
Health Insurance: Health, dental and vision plans are available
Taxes: Texas has no state income tax

ASHP Midyear Information

  • The PGY2 Critical Care Residency will be at the Residency Showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Please stop by and visit with us to learn more about our residency opportunities.
  • The PGY2 Critical Care Residency will be participating in the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. If you would like to arrange an interview time prior to the meeting, please send an email to

Application Requirements

  • A strong academic record and demonstrate a desire for professional accomplishment.
  • Graduated from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy with a Pharm.D.
  • Completed a one-year ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in Texas
    • See the  Texas State Board of Pharmacy website for licensure requirements.
    • All residents MUST be licensed within 90 days of the residency start date.
  • Registered with  PhORCAS and the ASHP Residency Matching Program.

Application Process

  • To apply for this program, you must submit the following through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
    • Letter of Intent
      • Should be 1 to 2 pages, using a 12-point font and 1 inch margins.
      • The letter should address all of the following:
        • Explain why you want to pursue a PGY2 critical care residency
        • Discuss your long-term career goals and why you believe this program will help you achieve these goals
    • Curriculum Vitae
      • Please include a list of all completed and anticipated PGY1 rotations and completed APPE rotations.
    • Three Letters of Reference
      • Only the PhORCAS standardized reference form is required.
    • College of Pharmacy Transcripts
      • Should be submitted directly to PhORCAS
  • Application deadline is January 2nd

Applicants considered for a position will be invited for an on-site interview at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center during January or February. Applicants will be given a tour of the facilities and will have a chance to meet with the Residency Program Director, clinical pharmacy staff, and current pharmacy residents.

Memorial Hermann recognizes the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle as well as the special duty to maintain and promote a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors, physicians, and employees. In an effort to further this goal, Memorial Hermann will no longer hire individuals who use tobacco products in any form
For further information, contact:

Teresa AllisonTeresa A. Allison, Pharm.D., BCPS
Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care Residency
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
Phone: (713) 704-6225