Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

Purpose and Program Overview

The ASHP-accredited residency in Emergency Medicine (EM) is a twelve month program of training and experience based upon the ASHP standards for PGY2 Pharmacy Residencies in Emergency Medicine. The program will begin late June/early July and finish at the end of June the following year. Upon successful completion of the residency requirements, the resident is awarded a certificate of program completion.

The PGY2 EM residency program at CaroMont Regional Medical Center strives to inspire and promote professional growth within the EM specialty through focusing the majority of rotations in the emergency department and allowing for independent practice with preceptor oversight. Following the completion of residency, the pharmacist will be recognized as a board certification eligible EM pharmacy clinician that provides evidence-based drug therapy management who is capable of establishing and advancing EM pharmacy practice.

The purpose of the PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency is to 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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

The emergency department (ED) at CRMC is a 63-bed, Level 3 trauma center that has over 115,000 patient visits annually. The department includes designated areas for pediatric, pediatric psychiatry, and adult psychiatry patients. Clinical pharmacy services are provided by a decentralized emergency medicine pharmacist approximately 23 hours a day, 7 days per week. The ED utilizes a bedside bar-coded drug administration system in combination with prospective pharmacy order verification to provide the highest quality care to our ED patients. CRMC is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a Chest Pain Center and is a recognized Primary Stroke Center. In addition to CRMC, CRMC Mount Holly is a 14-bed free-standing Emergency Department located 10 miles northeast of the main medical center which also provides emergency medicine clinical pharmacy services.

Throughout the PGY2 year, residents engage in a variety of clinical experiences tailored to their specific interests and goals. The resident will be part of the multidisciplinary team providing pharmaceutical care through prospective order review, antibiotic recommendations, service on the trauma/priority response team, provision of real-time drug information, and direct consultation with physicians.

Learning Experiences

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine I (2 months)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine II (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Emergency Medicine at CRMC Mount Holly (2 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine Precepting (1 month)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (1 week concentrated experience)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Pre-Hospital Care (EMS) (2 week concentrated experience)
  • Toxicology at Carolinas Poison Center (1 month)
  • Selective Critical Care: Trauma or Medical ICU (1 month)

Elective Rotations (2-3 months available for elective time based on the resident’s needs):

  • Advanced Emergency Medicine Precepting
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Management
  • Additional Critical Care experience
  • May repeat any on-site required rotation

Longitudinal Requirements:

  • Antimicrobial culture follow-up
  • CE Seminar presentations: 1 hour presentation in fall and spring to the Gaston County Pharmaceutical Association (GCPA)
  • Code blue response
  • Chief resident (assigned months)
  • Committee involvement
  • Edit and compile the ovERdose: The ER Pharmacy Newsletter (distributed internally on a monthly basis to ED providers, nurses, and all pharmacists)
  • Manuscript preparation and submission
  • Precepting (Paramedic students, pharmacy students, and PGY1 residents)
  • Presentations:
    • Lunch and Learn (minimum of 2 presentations)
    • Journal Club (minimum of 1 presentation at weekly resident meeting, additional are schedule per rotation)
    • SERC research presentation
  • Professional conference attendance:
    • American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly (required)
    • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting (strongly encouraged)
    • Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC) (required)
  • Staffing:
    • Every other weekend staffing in the ED
    • One weekday afternoon every 3 weeks in main pharmacy for first half of residency year
  • Research project
  • Weekly resident meeting attendance

Candidate Information

CRMC does not currently sponsor candidates for H-1B visa status to work as pharmacy residents.

Application Process

Interested candidates may direct correspondence to the program director:
Kristin Eginger, PharmD, BCPS
Phone: 704.834.4327
Fax: 704.834.2581
kristin.eginger@caromonthealth.org