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About the Critical Care Specialty Program

WellSpan York Hospital PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Pharm-res-specialty-care-skillsWellSpan York Hospital's PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program offers the opportunity to develop specialty pharmaceutical care skills in both medical, trauma, surgical, neuroscience, cardiac, open heart and neonatal intensive care unit patients. The preceptors are experienced and dedicated practitioners who ensure competence, build confidence and instill responsibility for drug therapy outcomes in the setting of our most complex patients.

WellSpan York Hospital features a Level 1 regional resource trauma center and a total of 60 intensive care unit beds including medical, trauma, surgical, neuroscience, cardiac, and open heart units.  In addition, residents may gain experience in our 44 bed Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit.  Interdisciplinary rounds with medical residents, surgical residents and critical care attendings create an ideal environment for pharmacy involvement with patient care activities. 


The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency is a one-year practice experience. The program has been ASHP-accredited since its inception in 2001. The emphasis of our program is on providing rational and cost-effective drug therapy in a community teaching hospital through the provision of clinical pharmacy services in the ICU setting. Our goal is to provide opportunity for professional growth and the development of a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care.


The purpose of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program at WellSpan York Hospital is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency program experience to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice.  PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care.  Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

Upon completion of this residency program, pharmacists will be assertive, ethical professionals with a commitment to pharmaceutical care and the profession of pharmacy. They will be skilled providers of pharmaceutical care and educators of patients and health care professionals on drug related topics. They will become content experts, valued members of a healthcare team who take personal responsibility for achieving optimal patient outcomes by monitoring and documenting their impact on patient care in the critical care setting.

Successful Completion

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents will be awarded a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency certificate with successful completion of requirements in the following areas (see Successful Residency Completion Policy):

  • Achievement of ASHP designated competency areas:  Patient Care, Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care, Leadership, Management and Teaching
  • Professionalism
  • Licensure in Pennsylvania PRIOR start of PGY2
  • Staffing requirements
  • Patient care
  • Presentations and projects
  • Attendance and service


The critical care pharmacy residency program offers the opportunity to build upon skills learned in a pharmacy practice residency with the ultimate goal of providing experiential learning in medical and surgical intensive care units. The critical care residency provides advanced training in critical care pharmacokinetics, drug information, infectious disease, medical critical care and surgical critical care.

In addition to practicing in the critical care setting, residents will also have the opportunity to provide educational programs to pharmacy staff and students, nursing and the medical staff (residents, interns and students). The critical care resident will also serve as a role model and leader for PGY1 pharmacy practice residents.

Rotation Summary


ICU decentralized (4 weeks)
Medical ICU (8 weeks)
Trauma/Surgical ICU (8 weeks)
Infectious disease (4 weeks)
Emergency medicine (4 weeks)
Cardiovascular ICU (4 weeks)
Neuroscience ICU (4 weeks)

  • The following are required longitudinal rotations:
  • Drug information
  • Practice administration and professional development (which includes every 4th weekend and one 5 hour evening a week)
  • Research: ASHP poster/Eastern States/WellSpan Discovery Day


Any of the mandatory rotations

Neonatal ICU

*Other medical subspecialties by special arrangement

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