PGY2 Pharmacy Residency - Critical Care | Boston Medical Center
doctor Find a doctor

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency - Critical Care

Program Director Contact Information


Kimberly Ackerbauer, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Coordinator, Critical Care
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Residency



For general residency questions, please email kimberly.a[email protected].

Program Description

Boston Medical Center's PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency was the first in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to gain ASHP accreditation in 2004. During that time, critical care pharmacy services have expanded to include dedicated specialists in medical, trauma, cardiac, and surgical critical care, and emergency medicine. Additionally, the resident staffs New England’s busiest emergency department, which has grown to be the only ED in the Commonwealth to provide 24/7 de-centralized pharmacy services. Our program offers a challenging, fast-paced rotation environment desired by candidates interested in pursuing a future in critical care and provides opportunities to complete a research or quality improvement project and medication use evaluation, serve on the Anti-thrombotic Task Force, lead continuing education seminars, pharmacy case conferences, and therapeutics seminars, and precept APPE pharmacy students from local colleges of pharmacy. The unique combination of our strong history, high quality specialist preceptors and learning experiences, quality improvement focus, and exemplary commitment to our diverse patients, makes BMC one of the best places for critical care pharmacy residency training in the Northeast.

Our PGY-2 critical care residents work closely with physician training programs in:

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 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.

Competency Areas (2016)

  1. Patient care (required)
  2. Advancing practice and improving care (required)
  3. Leadership and management (required)
  4. Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge (required)
  5. Added leadership and practice management skills (elective)
  6. Mass casualty (elective)

Required Core Rotations (5 weeks)

  • Orientation - 2-4 weeks
  • Medical ICU I
  • Medical ICU II - may include co-precepting a PGY1 resident
  • Trauma/Surgical ICU 
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Emergency Medicine I
  • Infectious Diseases

Elective Rotations (5 weeks unless otherwise specified)

  • Pediatric & Neonatal ICU - 2.5 weeks
  • Nutrition Support Team - 2.5 weeks
  • Palliative Care - 2.5 weeks
  • Toxicology
  • Critical Care Administration/Medication Safety
  • Trauma/Surgery ICU II
  • Cardiac ICU II
  • Emergency Medicine II

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • 24/7 at home clinical on-call program
  • Quality improvement project with final manuscript submission according to the SQUIRE 2 guidelines
  • Medication guideline development
  • Information systems support (e.g. CPOE, smartpump, ADC, Lexi-Comp) improvements
  • Formulary Management Committee participation
  • Anti-thrombotic Task Force participation
  • Executive Critical Care Committee participation
  • Completion of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement basic certificate in quality and safety
  • Participation in emergency responses (i.e. code blue, code stroke, and trauma room care)
  • Participation in a BMC residency committee

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 1 Resident case conference
  • 1 Multidisciplinary lecture (Grand Rounds)
  • 1 MA Board Certified Continuing Education (CE) lecture
  • 1 Clinical pearl presentation at the Annual New England Critical Care Symposium (5 minutes)

Additional Opportunities

  • Resident Teaching Certificate
  • Resiliency Training
  • Monograph
  • Policy development or revisions
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacology Section online journal club (20 minutes, if selected)
  • Journal Club/"Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters" (POEM) presentations
  • Emergency department teaching
  • Code blue simulation participation
  • Chief Resident opportunity

Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) Responsibilities

  • Weekly staffing of an evening shift in the ED or ICUs for the first quarter, followed by every other week staffing thereafter
  • Every third weekend staffing of a decentralized ED or ICU shift
  • Holiday assignments
    • 1 major (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day)
    • 1 minor (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day)


  • Estimated Salary: $53,000
  • Insurance Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance
  • Vacation time: 12 days
  • Office space with computer
  • Travel/CE allowance (~$2,300/year): ASHP Midyear Meeting, SCCM, or other opportunities for additional national specialty meetings

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
  • Certificate from PGY1 program (or equivalent)
  • Eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 1st 
  • U.S. citizenship or carry a U.S. permanent resident visa ("green card")
  • Personal on-site interview


  • BMC Pharmacy Residency candidates should complete an electronic residency application using the ASHP PhORCAS centralized application system. The following materials must be received through PhORCAS by January 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.
    • Completed residency application
    • Verified PharmD transcripts
    • Letter of intent (including goals)
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Three completed standardized reference forms
  • All applicants to ASHP-accredited pharmacy residencies must participate in the Match process sponsored by the National Matching Service (NMS). Applicants to our programs must register with NMS to obtain a match number. Information about applications and deadlines for the Match can be found on the NMS website.