Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Medical Center offer a one-year post-graduate residency training experience in infectious diseases pharmacy practice.

The purpose of this program is to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for obtaining a position as a clinical pharmacy specialist or non-tenure track faculty member in the area of antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases pharmacy practice. Through the unique partnership between the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and University of Maryland Medical Center, the resident will interface with experts in the field of infectious diseases, engage in a diverse array of advanced pharmacy practice experiences, conduct collaborative practice-based research, and mentor student and resident trainees in pharmacy and other health disciplines.

Because this residency program is in candidate status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the resident will complete the following ASHP-established outcomes:

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide comprehensive medication management to patients with infectious diseases following a consistent patient care process.
  • Ensure continuity of care during infectious diseases patient transitions between care settings.
  • Manage antimicrobial stewardship activities.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes for infectious diseases patients, as applicable to the organization and antimicrobial stewardship program.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.
  • Manage and improve anti-infective-use processes.
  • Establish oneself as an organizational expert for infectious diseases-pharmacy related information and resources.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of care for infectious diseases patients.
  • Demonstrate management skills in the provision of care for infectious diseases patients.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to infectious diseases patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students and the public (individuals and groups).
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow healthcare professionals about care of patients with infectious diseases.

Additionally, our program adheres to the Goals and Objectives for a Post-Graduate Year Two Program in Infectious Diseases set forth by ASHP. These Goals and Objectives can be found in the ASHP Residency Accreditation Regulations and Standards.

Description:

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) will serve as the primary site for pharmacy practice experiences. Located in downtown Baltimore, UMMC was one of the nation's first academic medical centers. Today it provides a diverse array of health care services to patients throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region including a large solid organ transplant program, a comprehensive cancer center with a bone marrow transplant unit, a dedicated HIV medicine service and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The integrated approach to patient care, research, and education at UMMC and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy provides a unique opportunity to engage in an innovative training experience that may be individually tailored to the interests and goals of the resident.

Learning Experiences:

The residency program consists of approximately nine months of core experiences and three months of electives. Longitudinal experiences are also required.

Core Rotation Experiences

Orientation & Training 4 weeks
Antimicrobial Stewardship I 4 weeks

Infectious Diseases Consults I

General ID Consults
Surgical ID Consults

4-8 weeks

Infectious Diseases Consults II - III

Cancer ID Consults
Transplant ID Consults
Surgical ID Consults
Trauma ID Consults

4-8 weeks
Inpatient Infectious Diseases Medicine Service 4 weeks
Clinical/Outcomes Research 2-4 weeks
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/Preceptorship 4 weeks
Microbiology Laboratory 2-4 weeks

Core Longitudinal Experiences

Antimicrobial Stewardship II 6 months
Infectious Diseases Literature/Topic Curriculum 12 months
HIV/HCV Clinic 6-8 months
Pharmacotherapy/Pharmacokinetics Consultation Rotating
Clinical and Operational Staffing 12 months

Elective Practice Experiences (2-3 months)

Community Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship 2-4 weeks
Solid Organ Transplant 2-4 weeks
Emergency Medicine Service 2-4 weeks
Medical Intensive Care Unit 2-4 weeks
Surgical Intensive Care Unit 2-4 weeks
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 2-4 weeks
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit 2 weeks
Global Health/Tropical Diseases 3 weeks

Other Learning Experiences:

In addition to the pharmacy practice experiences outlined above, the resident will also have the opportunity to participate in the following longitudinal learning experiences:

Teaching
The resident will earn an appointment as a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and will complete a total of 40 hours of teaching activities per semester. Teaching activities may include didactic lectures, small group discussions, skills laboratories, and assisting in the preceptorship of student pharmacists and first-year pharmacy practice residents. An elective teaching certificate program is available for interested residents.

Residents will also deliver the following professional presentations:

  • Pharmacotherapy Rounds
  • UMMC Journal Club
  • UMMC Case Conference

Research/Scholarship Experiences
The resident will be expected to conduct a longitudinal research project over the course of the training experience. A final manuscript of the project must be completed and submitted for publication, although acceptance is not required. Presentation of interim or final results at a professional meeting is strongly encouraged.

The resident will also be expected to be involved in at least one additional scholarly activity. Examples include publication of a clinical review in a peer-reviewed journal or professional newsletter or a poster presentation at a regional or national meeting.

Finally, the resident will be required to complete a medication use evaluation at UMMC in the area of antimicrobial stewardship.

Leadership & Professional Development Experiences
The resident will also participate in the following longitudinal activities:

  • UMMC Committee Participation
  • Professional Development Series
  • Public Health/Community Service Activity

Participation in Pharmacotherapy Rounds, Journal Club, Case Conference, Professional Development lecture series, and staffing responsibilities is a requirement of all University of Maryland residents. For more information about these specific activities, please visit the Residency & Fellowship Requirements webpage.

Core Preceptors:

  • Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIVP (Antimicrobial Stewardship, Inpatient Infectious Diseases Service, ID Consults)
  • Kimberly Claeys, PharmD, BCPS (Antimicrobial Stewardship)
  • Mary Banob, PharmD (Antimicrobial Stewardship, ID Consults)
  • Neha Sheth Pandit, PharmD, BPCS, AAHIVP (HIV/HCV Clinic)
  • Lauren Hynicka, PharmD, BCPS (HCV Clinic)
  • Jennifer Bailey, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP (Inpatient Infectious Diseases Service)

Number of Available Positions: 1

Application Process:

Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and have completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice. The resident will be required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Maryland.

Applications for this program will only be accepted through PhORCAS. Reference writers should use the standard reference template in PhORCAS.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts

International students and permanent residents should contact umresfelprogram@rx.umaryland.edu before applying.

Residents who match to this program will be required to come to Baltimore in advance of the July 1 start date for campus orientation; these orientation dates are not known until mid-Spring. These sessions are typically offered on select Mondays in May and June.

The application deadline is January 1.

Program Director:

Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIVP
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 N Pine Street, Room N413
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-0884
Email: eheil@rx.umaryland.edu