PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Structure

Longitudinal experiences include those that occur over the majority of the residency year and include emergency medicine academic pharmacotherapy, clinical practice, practice management, and research project. Patient care rotations usually occur over four weeks. Each learning experience has written goals, objectives, and learning activities.

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PGY2 emergency medicine residents who did not complete a PGY1 residency at UHS will undergo orientation and training for the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, University Health System, the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency, and the Pharmacy Department during the first month of residency. Departmental and residency training will include orientation to policies and procedures, UHS computers, the inpatient pharmacy, and the emergency center. All items on the Inpatient Pharmacy Training List should be covered during this training period. The resident will also be oriented to the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS) and Resitrak online evaluation system. Residents who are not previously certified will also be scheduled for training in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS/ACLS) early in the residency. The resident must become licensed in the State of Texas as a Registered Pharmacist by August 1, or the 1st day of the second month of residency.

Academic Pharmacotherapy

The resident will participate in the University of Texas College of Pharmacy residents’ weekly Pharmacotherapy Seminar (residents’ discussion group) on Friday afternoons. This activity is optional but encouraged if the resident has not yet received board certification. The resident will be required to lead discussion on at least one topic, as assigned by the group coordinator.

The resident will also attend weekly Pharmacotherapy Rounds with fellow University of Texas College of Pharmacy residents on Friday afternoons. This activity is required unless it interferes with urgent, necessary patient care obligations. The resident will also be required to present one formal Pharmacotherapy Rounds (“Resident Rounds”) during the year.

The resident will also have numerous opportunities to participate in and lead discussions on emergency medicine-related topics, patient cases, journal clubs, in-services, and continuing education programs.

The resident may elect to obtain an Academic Training Program Certificate if not completed during their PGY1 residency. The University of Texas College of Pharmacy Academic Training Program requirements will be completed throughout the year, including attendance at the UT Academic Training Conference.

Emergency Medicine Academic Pharmacotherapy

The resident must become licensed in the State of Texas as a Registered Pharmacist by August 1, or the 1st day of the second month of residency. In the event that the resident does not become licensed by August 1, deficient hours for the inpatient staffing will be distributed throughout the residency year as assigned by the Residency Program Director (RPD) and as approved by the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC). The resident will also be required to staff the inpatient pharmacy during rotations, with specific scheduling to be determined annually based on the number of residents and staffing needs, not to exceed an average of sixteen hours per two-week pay period over ten months.

For the last month of the residency, each resident will choose a patient care area from the resident’s previous patient care rotations to provide clinical pharmacy services. The RPD and the pharmacist in charge of the selected patient care area must approve of the resident’s choice, and the resident will assume all routine responsibilities of the pharmacist in charge of the selected patient care area during the rotation.

The resident may also be required to staff when extenuating circumstances demand, but not more than three days per residency year. While there are no specific criteria defining extenuating circumstances, the individual situation is evaluated and efforts are made to minimize time away from the resident’s current rotation. Approval to require a resident to staff must be obtained from the RPD.

Emergency Medicine Clinical Practice

The resident will provide clinical staffing in the emergency center as scheduled by the Residency Program Director (RPD) based on staffing needs, not to exceed 16 hours per 2-week period. During scheduled clinical staffing, the resident will have the opportunity to attend emergency medical and trauma resuscitations, verify orders and address clinical problems for patients in the emergency center (and other critical care areas on week-ends as assigned).

Emergency Medicine Practice Management

The resident will attend and actively participate in scheduled monthly Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) and quarterly Drug Utilization Evaluation (DUE) Committee meetings throughout the year. The resident is expected to present emergency medicine-related topics as requested at these meetings. Learning opportunities include conducting an emergency medicine-related DUE, and presenting results of emergency medicine-related research projects and/or DUEs at DUE, P&T, CMT, and/or pharmacy meetings. Examples of emergency medicine-related topics that may be addressed include:

  1. Formulary and fiscal management
  2. Pharmacy policies and procedures
  3. Medication-related guidelines/protocols
  4. Information technology and automation systems
  5. Medication-use system evaluation
  6. Adverse drug reaction reporting, trending, and interpretation
  7. Medication safety and medication error reporting, trending, and prevention
  8. Pharmacist intervention reporting and trending
  9. Investigational drugs

The resident will have the opportunity to attend and participate in local, state, and national professional association meetings, including but not limited to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Alcalde Southwest Regional Residency Conference.

Emergency Medical Research Project

Successful completion of at least one emergency medicine research project is required to fulfill the requirements and to obtain a certificate of graduation from the residency program. Research will focus on the evaluation of an emergency medicine pharmacotherapy-related issue. The resident must adhere to the established timeline for the project to assure successful completion during the one-year residency. The research project topic may be an idea of the resident, from a suggested list, or individually assigned. The project will be directly supervised by the RPD and/or a preceptor with expertise in the selected discipline. The research project proposal must be approved by the RPD, and if applicable, must also be approved by UT Health San Antonio Investigational Review Board and the UHS Research Committee.

The research project will be presented as an abstract and as a platform presentation at the regional Alcalde Southwest Residency Leadership Conference in the spring. The resident is strongly encouraged to submit an abstract of the research project at a regional or national pharmacy meeting. The research project must also be submitted in manuscript form to the RPD and the resident is strongly encouraged to submit the manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


The length of each patient care rotation is usually four weeks, but may be flexible, depending on the needs and interests of the individual resident. The following rotations are required:

  1. Adult Emergency Medicine
  2. Trauma & Emergency Surgery
  3. Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Intensive Care Unit
  4. Medical Intensive Care Unit
  5. Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Other rotations available on an elective basis include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Poison Control
  2. Infectious Diseases
  3. Neurology/Stroke
  4. Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit

A resident may choose to participate in no more than two off-site (i.e., outside UHS facilities) elective rotations per residency year.

Annual Structure