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PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

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The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy residency at Vidant Medical Center (VMC) is a new program that offers rotations in a variety of settings that includes Emergency Medicine, Medicine ICU, Surgical/Trauma ICU, Cardiac ICU, Cardiovascular Surgery ICU, Neurosciences ICU and Antimicrobial Stewardship. EM pharmacists provide clinical services in the 58-bed Adult Emergency Department, with an additional eight-bed psychiatric observation area and the 16-bed Children's Emergency Department. The goal of the residency is to produce a confident and competent emergency medicine pharmacist, accomplished through active participation in trauma alerts, cardiac resuscitations, stroke alerts, STEMI alerts, sedations and toxicology events in the emergency department. EM PGY2 residents also provide education to pharmacy students, PGY1 pharmacy residents, emergency medicine residents, medical students and nursing staff. The resident will also have regular responsibilities in the pharmacist-led ED culture review and patient follow-up process.

The VMC Emergency Department has an annual census of 120,000 visits, serving 1.4 million people from the large geographic area of eastern North Carolina, spanning 29 counties, with many of these counties having relatively few health care resources. As a Level I Trauma Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and regional referral center, our institution provides advanced emergency and critical care services throughout the region and ensures that the resident encounters a variety of acuity levels among patients seeking emergency care. VMC is a Comprehensive Stroke Center and one of the busiest PCI centers in North Carolina. Additionally, our multiple 24-bed ICUs provide the opportunity to care for a variety of high acuity patients, including the East Carolina Heart Institute, which provides mechanical circulatory support services to patients including durable LVADs and ECMO.

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Requirements

Requirements and Structure

The program follows the accreditation standards set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). It provides in-depth training on core practice concepts in infectious diseases and broad exposure to a variety of infectious diseases practice settings.

Applicants must be graduates of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy and have successfully completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency or have equivalent experience. Please contact the RPD to discuss equivalent experience prior to application. Applicants must also be eligible for licensure in North Carolina.

The PGY2 Program includes the following rotation experiences as listed below:

  • Required Experiences

    The following eight months are required:

    • Orientation
    • Emergency Medicine (4)
    • Critical Care (2)
      • Opportunities include Medical ICU, Trauma/Surgery ICU, Cardiac ICU, Cardiac & Vascular Surgery ICU, Neurosurgical ICU, Pediatric ICU
    • Research
  • Longitudinal Experiences

    Residents will complete a Medication Use Evaluation in addition to a longitudinal research project. Projects are designed to answer discrete clinical questions and produce results suitable for presentation and publication. A month-long rotation experience is incorporated within the residency year to aid in project completion.

    Teaching activities include precepting students and a variety of didactic experiences, which may include lectures at Emergency Medicine Conference, ECU Brody School of Medicine, Trauma Grand Rounds, Pharmacy Grand Rounds, Continuing Education for the Eastern NC Region, in-services to medical and nursing staff, and other needs that may arise.

    Practice Management
    Residents work in conjunction with pharmacy administrators on a variety of initiatives throughout the pharmacy department and institution. These include medication initiatives for safety and cost savings and opportunities related to interdisciplinary committee involvement.

    Hospital Pharmacy Practice Experience
    Pharmacy practice experiences include staffing according to needs of the department and average to approximately one 8-hour shift per week.

  • Elective Experiences

    Elective experiences can include an additional month in any of the required experiences and any of the following experiences to include a total of four months of additional rotation experience. Residents may also choose to take up to two split rotational months divided into two week rotational blocks and those opportunities are indicated below:

    • Cardiac
      • Heart Failure/Mechanical Circulatory Support (2 week option)
    • Critical Care
      • Cardiac ICU
      • Cardiovascular ICU
      • Medicine ICU
      • Neurosciences ICU
      • Neonatal ICU
      • Pediatric ICU
      • Second Shift Critical Care
      • Trauma/Surgery ICU
    • Infectious Disease
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship (2 week option)
    • Consult Services (2 week option)
    • Nephrology Consults (2 week option)
    • Nutrition Support (2 week option)
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2 week option)

    Opportunities for exposure to the toxicology consult service and pre-hospital experiences with EMS are also available

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Benefits


Resident Stipend: Approximately $51,000
Resident Benefits:

  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Dental and vision plan
  • 25 days of PTO
  • Educational leave
  • Travel allowance for selected meetings
  • Lab coats

Application Process

All materials must be submitted through ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Three professional references are required, with each completing a minimum of 10 of the available comment fields. A separate letter of recommendation is not required. Selection of applicants is based upon academic performance, relevant experience, candidate goals, strength of references and on-site interview. Some applicants may be screened by phone on a rolling basis.

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2022 Application Deadline: January 5, 2022
All materials must be submitted prior to the application deadline.


For Additional Information

Ginger Gamble, PharmD, MSCR, BCCCP
Emergency Medicine Pharmacist
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Vidant Medical Center
Phone: 252-847-2046
Email: [email protected]