The purpose of the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy 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.

Video Overview: Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program

This four-minute video provides a detailed overview of the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program available through a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Medical Center, and includes information about what residents can expect to learn during their time in the program.

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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

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 core experiences and two electives. The resident may also choose to repeat core experiences based on individual goals and interests.

Core Practice Experiences (Required):

  • Orientation & Training (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (20 weeks total)*
    • Emergency Medicine 1 (6 weeks)
    • Emergency Medicine 2 (5 weeks)
    • Emergency Medicine 3 (4 weeks)
    • Emergency Medicine Primary Preceptor (5 weeks)
  • Trauma Resuscitation Unit (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases Consults – Critical Care (2 weeks)
  • Emergency Medical Service (1 week)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

*Emergency Medicine 1 is always a 6-week long rotation.  Emergency Medicine 2 and 3 are calendar month blocks which can vary based on the scheduled month.  Emergency Medicine Primary Preceptor block length is based on the assigned learner’s schedule to ensure the start and end dates align. Students are scheduled in 5 week blocks and PGY1 residents are scheduled in calendar month blocks.

Elective Practice Experiences (2 experiences, 3 weeks each):

  • Neurocritical Care Unit
  • Neurotrauma ICU
  • Multitrauma ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Off-Site Options:
    • Emergency Medicine, Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Required Activities:

  • Clinical Research Project (complete 1)
  • Medication Use Evaluation (complete 1)
  • Pharmacotherapy Rounds Presentation (ACPE-accredited) (present 1, attend 15)
  • Case Conference Presentation (present 1, attend co-resident’s presentations)
  • Literature Update Presentation (present 1, attend co-resident’s presentations)
  • Critical Care Journal Club (present1, attend monthly sessions)
  • Community service event (complete 1 with co-residents)
  • Teaching at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: varying opportunities, up to 20 hours per semester as requested by the school.

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Pharmacy Medical Emergency Response Team Service (Code Blue, Rapid Response, Airway Emergencies, Stroke)
  • Pharmacokinetic consult service
  • Anticoagulation consult service
  • Pharmacy drug information on-call pager (PILL)
  • Adult Emergency Department Sepsis Committee
  • University of Maryland Medical Center Resuscitation Committee
  • Staffing:
    • 15 total weekends
    • 70% as clinical weekends on the Critical Care Team
    • 30% as drug distribution in the Trauma Weinberg Pharmacy Satellite
    • Complete all required topics per the ASHP Emergency Medicine 2018 standards throughout the residency year.

Program Training Site:

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) 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 Cowley 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 pharmacy specialists and 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:

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 P-SHORResidencyandAdministrativeSupport@rx.umaryland.edu before applying.

The application deadline is January 2.

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
Email: ashley.martinelli@umm.edu

Program Coordinator:

Wesley D. Oliver, PharmD, MS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center
22 S. Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Email: woliver@umm.edu