Swedish Medical Center, Seattle PGY-2 Critical Care
Location: Seattle, Washington
Critical Care Pharmacy
The purpose of the PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to build on 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 program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
Swedish Medical Center’s ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program has been training the next generation of critical care pharmacy leaders since 2020. Our mission is to create an environment for residents to master critical care pharmacotherapy, develop their own progressive practice, and lead the profession forward through innovation, education, and collaboration. We want our residents to feel both challenged and supported as they take ownership of their growth and aspirations. Training at a community health system within Washington State affords our residents the opportunity to practice autonomously at the top of their license as an essential stakeholder within the healthcare team. We currently offer 1 PGY2 critical care pharmacy resident position.
Swedish’s pharmacy department is composed of over 360 pharmacists, interns, pharmacy technicians, nurses and other support staff committed to providing excellent pharmaceutical care across our system. Each of our 5 campuses are staffed 24-hours daily and 7-days weekly to provide both operational and clinical pharmaceutical care. Our system utilizes Pyxis and Epic as well. Our decentralized patient care area pharmacists (PCAP’s) are invaluable and respected members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. PGY2 critical care residents have the opportunity to collaborate with physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, dieticians, respiratory therapists, family medicine residents, surgical residents, and other health care professionals across a multitude of service lines encountered in our intensive care units and emergency departments. Pharmacists have prescriptive authority under a collaborative drug therapy agreement, which includes but is not limited to aminoglycosides, antimicrobial dose adjustments for ECMO, heparin (including mechanical circulatory support), intravenous direct thrombin inhibitors, intravenous to enteral conversions, parenteral nutrition, phenytoin, renal dose adjustments, valproic acid, vancomycin, and warfarin. PCAP’s respond to all Code Blues and are responsible for medication preparation and pharmacotherapy recommendations
PGY2 critical care residents rotate through 7 specialty critical care areas and select 2 elective rotations. Core rotations are 6 weeks in length, apart from a 3-week orientation. Elective rotations can last 3-6 weeks, depending on resident interest and site availability. Two full project weeks are allocated throughout the year based on rotation availability and pertinent deadlines, in addition to project days the first day of each internal rotation (unless the rotation follows a full project week). Any leftover weeks can be used for a third elective or as bonus project time.
The applicant must be participating in, or have completed, an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or one in the ASHP accreditation process (i.e., one with candidate or preliminary accreditation status).
Applicants to the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency must be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Washington.
About Swedish Medical Center, Seattle PGY-2 Critical Care
Since our beginnings in 1910, Swedish has been the region's standard-bearer for the highest-quality health care at the best value.
Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area with five hospital campuses: First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, and Issaquah. We also have ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek, and a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Swedish is affiliated with Providence Health & Services, a Catholic, not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856. With more than 76,000 employees, Providence operates 50 hospitals and 475 physician clinics across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence Health & Services also provides strategic and management services to integrated health-care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
The Swedish Medical Center (SMC) ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency Program offers six (6) PGY1 resident positions and one (1) PGY-2 Critical Care position (see below).
1. PGY-1 Residency Program
Swedish began its Residency Program in 2003 initially with two (...2) residents and increased to our current status of six (6) residents in 2020. The Department of Pharmacy is composed of a highly talented team of experienced practitioners committed to providing quality residency training and excellent pharmaceutical care over five (5) separate campuses.
Our decentralized patient care area pharmacists (PCAPs) work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care workers to provide excellent patient care by monitoring and prescribing under collaborative drug therapy agreements (CDTAs): select antibiotics (i.e. aminoglycosides, vancomycin), parenteral nutrition, anticoagulation therapy (i.e. warfarin, heparin infusion, argatroban, bivalirudin), anemia management, adult renal adjustment of medications, IV to enteral conversion, antiepileptics (i.e. phenytoin, valproic acid), and other dosing services upon request. We also operate the outpatient oncology infusion service, coordinated with the Swedish Cancer Institute, and an investigational drug service.
For any PGY1 questions or further information, please contact Kris Eng (PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator) at Kristine.Eng@swedish.org
2. PGY-2 Critical Care Residency Program
Swedish Medical Center's ASHP Accredited PGY-2 Critical Care Residency Program, with one (1) resident began July 2020. The PGY-2 resident will have 6x six week required learning experiences (MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU, Cardiac ICU, Pediatric ICU and Emergency Department). There are elective rotation options (Neuro/Cardiac Emergency Department, Neonatal ICU, Community MICU/SICU and Community Emergency Department). The PGY-2 resident will also do a longitudinal research project, to be presented at Western States Residency Conference, along with smaller short-term projects related to critical care. The staffing requirement will be every other weekend and staff will be covering a clinical shift.
Requirements for application are completion of PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Washington state licensure or eligible for licensure, 3 letters of recommendation, a copy of candidate CV and a letter of intent. Also need to be available for on-site interview. We will be participating in National Match.
For any PGY2 questions or further information, please contact Julia Ganey (PGY2 Residency Program Director) at Julia.Ganey@swedish.org