PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency


PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on 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 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.

Additional Program Description

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency program at MUSC is a one-year post-graduate training program designed to prepare critical care specialists. Residents who complete the program are qualified to accept a position and practice in a variety of critical care environments including, but not limited to: medical, surgical-trauma, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, cardiac, emergency medicine, burn, abdominal surgical and transplant. As part of the extensive training residents will receive, they will be able to identify, prevent, and resolve medication-related problems, participate as active members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, provide education to various healthcare providers and patients, conduct effective research and medication-use-evaluations, and demonstrate leadership skills.

Graduating PGY-2 Critical Care residents who successfully complete the one year program will:

  • Effectively coordinate and manage the pharmaceutical care needs of a complex critically ill medical or surgical patient
  • Garner skills required to precept PharmD candidates and PGY-1 pharmacy residents, to develop and modify protocols/guidelines, to present educational series to healthcare staff, to participate as part of a multidisciplinary team, and to conduct effective research

Program Design

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency program is designed to provide the flexibility to adapt to the resident’s specific learning needs and career goals. The training is provided through concentrated clinical rotations and longitudinal experiences. 

There are 7 required clinical learning experiences plus a mandatory research month in December and orientation month in July. The residents can choose to repeat a required learning experience (set up as a separate learning experience) and/or select from the elective opportunities afforded to them based on their career interests.

Required Learning Experience and Rotation Length (all 1 month in duration)

  • Orientation (July) | 1 month
  • Research (December) | 1 month
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) | 1 months
  • Abdominal Intensive Care Unit (AICU) | 1 month
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) | 1 month
  • Surgical Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit (STBICU) | 1 month
  • Emergency Medicine (EM) | 1 month
  • Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) | 1 month
  • Neurocritical Care | 1 month

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Critical Care On-Call | Longitudinal - All year (12 months)
  • Critical Care Staffing Experience | All year
  • Critical Care Research Project | All year
  • Critical Care MUE | All year
  • Critical Care Management 1 [includes Journal Club, Critical Care Lecture Series, Seminar, Hospital or Committee Work] | All year

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) | 1 month
  • Infectious Diseases Consult | 1 month
  • Heart/Lung Transplant | 1 month
  • Transplant Abdominal (Inpatient) | 1 month

Core Preceptors

Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Joe Mazur, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Jaclyn M. Hawn, PharmD, BCCCP

Carolyn Magee Bell, PharmD, BCCCP

Ron Neyens, PharmD

Carolyn Pfeifer, PharmD, BCCCP

Melanie Smith Condeni, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Current Residents

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents