PGY2 Pharmacy Residency at UH Cleveland Medical Center


University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading health care systems. It provides high-quality, patient-centered medical care at hundreds of locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

The system’s 1,032-bed tertiary medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is an academic affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This academic medical center includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, among the nation’s best children’s hospitals; UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women.

With more than 26,000 physicians and employees, our system is Northeast Ohio’s second-largest private-sector employer. UH performs more than 5.8 million outpatient procedures and nearly 62,000 inpatient discharges annually.

University Hospitals’ goal is to provide comprehensive primary and community-based care – the kind of health care people need most – as well as access to the highest-quality specialty care when necessary.

Pharmacy Residency

The UH Cleveland Medical Center postgraduate year two (PGY2) specialty residency in critical care is a one-year postgraduate training program designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice that meets the needs of critically ill patients. Training focuses on developing residents capable of caring for the range of diseases and disorders that occur in the critically ill. Special emphasis is placed on the complexities of multiple organ system failure and the difficulties imposed on care when patients require life-sustaining therapy.

The PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency is a one-year commitment designed to provide postgraduate practical experience in the provision of pharmaceutical care to the critically ill. Through these experiences, the resident is provided the opportunity to develop as a critical care practitioner. Our goal is to train each resident to be a competent and confident provider of comprehensive pharmaceutical care for a variety of critical care environments. The resident will demonstrate the ability to manage patient care and achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes. Residents will be accountable for providing education to other health care professionals and patients through a multitude of educational opportunities. Throughout the residency experience, each resident will develop individual and professional skills that result in a highly marketable clinical practitioner.

Graduating PGY2 Specialty Residents will:

  • Ensure safe, effective, appropriate drug therapy and prevent, identify and resolve drug-related problems
  • Present as a competent, confident and compassionate practitioner
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession and continued personal growth
  • Possess comprehensive health-system pharmacy skills that promote future professional growth
  • Create, promote and participate as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities for improvement within a practice and practice site
  • Provide education to professional and nonprofessional audiences, utilizing effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate a foundation of leadership skills in pharmacy practice

Residency General Information


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Rotations: 6 required and 5 elective rotations
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Starting date: July 6, 2020
  • Estimated stipend: $49,600
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Training site: UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Practice setting: Tertiary medical center
  • Total beds: 1,032

Program Benefits:

  • Medical coverage
  • Paid time off: 10 days
  • Desk with personal computer
  • Monogrammed lab coat
  • Resident office space
  • Reduced professional membership fees
  • Reduced meeting registration fees
  • Travel opportunities* for the following meetings:
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • SCCM Annual Meeting

*Travel opportunities are available based on hospital policy requirements.

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Cardiothoracic/Surgical ICU
  • Medical ICU
  • Neurosciences ICU
  • Emergency medicine

Required Rotations (Longitudinal):

  • Pharmacy Research
  • Emergency Code Response
  • Critical Care Leadership

Elective Rotations:

  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Heart Failure ICU
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Infectious diseases
  • Trauma/Surgical ICU

Additional Required Activities:

  • Residency project (clinical, economic, research or administrative)
  • Design and conduct a project to develop or enhance an aspect of pharmacy operations or patient care
  • Present abstract and results at Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Presentation at Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Present an ACPE-accredited CE presentation
  • Journal club (total of three)
  • Monthly topic/case-based presentations
  • Teaching activities
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication

Residency Program Application

Graduates of accredited Colleges of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio may submit the following materials via PhORCAS to the program director for consideration for residency program admission:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official college transcripts
  • PhORCAS application deadline: January 2nd, 2020

Contact Information

To learn more about the PGY2 pharmacy residency at UH Cleveland Medical Center, please contact:

Andreea Popa, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Program Director
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Mather B400
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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