PGY2 Critical Care

Residency Purpose Statement

The purpose of the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency is to 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.

Program Overview

The purpose of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency is to develop and refine clinical, leadership, research management, quality assurance, and teaching skills within the practice of critical care. Upon completion of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency, graduates should be well-prepared to enter clinical practice as a critical care specialist, associate or affiliate clinical faculty member, or to pursue critical care fellowship training.

Training focuses on a full range of disease states, disorders, and procedures, along with the literature behind the medication management of such conditions. Rotations are designed to ensure experience is gained with the highest acuity patients in each sub-specialty area. Clinical knowledge needed to obtain board certification within the practice specialty is provided. Graduates are able to conduct research independently in the critical care environment and should be confident educators in the multidisciplinary and pharmacy training environment.


Core Elective
  Trauma Intensive Care   Burn Intensive Care
  Surgical Intensive Care   Infectious Diseases
  Medical Intensive Care   Medical Oncology
  Emergency Medicine   Solid Organ Transplant
  Nutrition Support   Pediatric Intensive Care
  Neurology/Neurosurgical Intensive Care   Neonatal Intensive Care
  *At least one core rotation will be repeated   Cardiovascular Intensive Care


*All rotations are four weeks in duration. A four week block will be designated as a transitional period dedicated to project time and meeting attendance. The resident's schedule is flexible in order to allow the resident to meet his/her career goals and interests.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice

The resident will work in a guided hospital practice scheduled every fourth weekend and on selected holidays. The staffing schedule will include a combination of operational and clinical service responsibilities.

Research Project

The resident will conduct a research project over the course of the residency year. This project will include idea development, literature review, study design, IRB submission, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, oral presentation and a written manuscript. A pharmacy and physician research mentor will assist in the development and presentation of the project.

Program Details

Current Resident

Residency Graduates


Fringe Benefits

Vanderbilt Community


VUMC Human Resources


 Application Information

Number of Positions: 1
Residency starting date: July 3, 2023
Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593 *info has not been verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,
PGY1 pharmacy residency certificate, licensure in Tennessee
Submit application in PhORCAS application portal 
by December 31, 2022 deadline

Contact Information

Megan Jaynes, PharmD, BCCCP, Program Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center  |  Department of Pharmaceutical Services
1211 Medical Center Drive B131 VUH  |  Nashville, TN 37232-7610

Institutional Information

Private non-profit hospital/clinic | Teaching/Tertiary Model | Total Beds 1622
Professional Staff 372 | Non-professional staff 450