The purpose of the Emergency Medicine PGY-2 Pharmacy Practice Residency is to prepare clinical pharmacy specialists with the qualifications needed for emergency medicine practice positions and adjunct or non-tenure track faculty appointments. The resident will interface with experts in the field of emergency medicine, toxicology, infectious diseases, and intensive care, 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.

As part of its accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), this program is committed to the following general purpose:

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and Postgraduate Year 1 (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).

Because this residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the following goals must be marked as achieved for the residency.  As a standard across the University of Maryland residency programs, achieving at least these selected goals correlates to achieving at least 80% of all goals for the program.

  • Provide comprehensive medication management to patients following a consistent patient care process.
  • Ensure continuity of care during transitions between care settings.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project to improve patient care or for advancing the pharmacy profession.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of patient care.
  • Demonstrate management skills in the provision of patient care
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public.
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals.
  • Participate in and exercise leadership in the management of medical emergencies.Describe the role of the poison center or medical toxicologist in the care of the toxicology patient.Describe the role of the poison center or medical toxicologist in the care of the toxicology patient.
  • Describe the role of the poison center or medical toxicologist in the care of the toxicology patient
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide evidence-based recommendations for the patient in need of toxicologic intervention.
  • Provide concise, applicable, comprehensive, and timely responses to formalized requests for drug information pertaining to the emergency department from patients, health care providers, and the public.
  • Develop a core library of references appropriate for emergency medicine pharmacy practice.

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

Learning Experiences:

The residency program consists of ten months of core experiences and two months of electives. The resident may also choose to repeat core experiences based on individual goals and interests.

Core Practice Experiences (Required):

  • Orientation & Training
  • Emergency Medicine – UMMC
  • Emergency Medicine Precepting – UMMC
  • Trauma Resuscitation Unit –R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
  • Toxicology – Maryland Poison Center
  • Medical ICU
  • ID Consults – Critical Care
  • Emergency Medical Service
  • Pediatrics*

*Pediatrics requirement can be satisfied by completing either of the below experiences:

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – John’s Hopkins Hospital
  • Pediatric ICU – UMMC

Elective Practice Experiences (up to 2 months):

  • Neurotrauma ICU
  • Multitrauma ICU
  • Neurocritical Care Unit
  • Burn ICU (Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center)

Program Training Site:

The University of Maryland Medical Center will serve as the primary site for the training year. UMMC is an academic, tertiary care center with more than 25 percent of its beds dedicated to the care of critically ill patients, including the R Adams Coley Shock Trauma Center. The program also maintains relationships with other area health care teaching facilities for some elective rotations. The Adult Emergency Department at UMMC holds 48 treatment beds and 3 resuscitation rooms. The ED delivers care on average to 54,000 patients annually and accounts for almost 40% of the hospital’s admissions. The residency program has several clinical specialists/faculty that provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to emergency medicine, critical care, and internal medicine units.

Number of Available Positions: 1

Qualifications: The resident must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (requirement waived if completed a pass/fail curriculum). The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and Maryland Pharmacy licensure are required. Residents must complete a PGY1 residency prior to starting.

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 before applying.

The application deadline is January 1.

Program Director:

Ashley N. Martinelli, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center
22 S. Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 328-3710

Program Coordinator:

Wesley Oliver, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center
22 S. Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201