Pharmacotherapy Residency Program

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy offers an ASHP-accredited two-year PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Pharmacotherapy. The purpose of this program is to train clinical pharmacists to have a strong foundation of clinical, teaching, and research skills, which will allow them to practice independently in a wide variety of institutional environments. Upon completion of the 24 month Pharmacotherapy Residency, residents will be well-equipped to obtain a position in academia or as a clinical specialist.

Core rotations will include internal medicine, critical care, research, cardiology, infectious diseases, management, pediatrics, oncology, transplantation, and ambulatory care experiences. Multiple elective rotations will also be offered. Residents will also be given the opportunity to develop their teaching and research skills. If desired, the program can be designed to allow the resident to select an area of practice in which he or she wishes to focus.

Because this residency program is accredited by ASHP, the resident will complete the following ASHP-established outcomes:

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Goals:

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients, including those with multiple co-morbidities, high-risk medication regimens, and multiple medications following a consistent patient care process.
  • Ensure continuity of care during patient transitions between care settings.
  • Prepare, dispense, and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate and investigate practice, review data, and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care and/or the medication-use system.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate management skills.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to 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 health care professionals.

PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Goals:

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide comprehensive medication management to patients following a consistent patient care process.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development.
  • Demonstrate management skills.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to 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 health care professionals.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the management of medical emergencies.

Additionally, our program adheres to the required Goals and Objectives for a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residencies and the required Goals and Objectives for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacotherapy Residencies set forth by ASHP. These Goals and Objectives can be found in the ASHP Residency Accreditation Regulations and Standards.

Objectives:

  • Develop individuals with a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to practice as a clinical pharmacist caring for a wide variety of patients in an institutional environment.
  • Allow individuals to practice as an independent practitioners working with other healthcare providers to provide optimal medication therapy in a wide variety of institutional patient care areas.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in teaching and scholarly activity and the development of these skills.
  • Prepare the resident to attain board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist.

Clinical Experiences:

Rotations will take place at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and Baltimore Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Required Rotations: Adult Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Oncology, Transplant, Research, Management, and Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Rotations over 24 months.

Elective Rotations (Up to 4): Multiple Intensive Care Units, Toxicology, Emergency Medicine, and Infectious Diseases.

In addition to these unique experiences, the pharmacotherapy resident is expected to participate in Pharmacotherapy Rounds, the Professional Development Seminar Series, School of Pharmacy teaching activities, Case Conferences, and Journal Club. For more information about these specific activities, please click here.

Application Process:

Applications for this program will only be accepted through PhORCAS.

In addition to the standard reference template in PhORCAS, three letters of recommendation are required. These should be uploaded in PhORCAS by the reference writer.

The application deadline is January 1.

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 1st 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.

Program Director:

Jeffrey P. Gonzales, PharmD, FCCM, BCPS, BCCCP
Associate Professor, Critical Care
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Room N419
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 706-5830
Fax: (410) 706-6580
Email: jgonzale@rx.umaryland.edu

Program Coordinator:

Asha L. Tata, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
University of Maryland Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Services
29 South Greene Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-328-6108
Fax: 410-328-6781
Email: atata@umm.edu