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Critical Care

IU Health's ASHP accredited PGY2 Critical Care Residency program takes advantage of a large and diverse critical care population throughout the three downtown IU Health hospitals, with a focus on adult critical care. The resident will gain knowledge and expertise in pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, drug utilization and pathophysiology of critical care. The pharmacists completing this residency program will be competent and confident to practice in almost any critical care environment.

PGY2 Critical Care Residency Handout


The purpose of this residency is to prepare the resident to become an independent clinical specialist in critical illness syndromes and to function as an essential member of an interdisciplinary team, able to identify and implement opportunities for improvement and expansion of the medication-use system.

IU Health’s ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency in critical care pharmacy is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to a specialized practice that meets the needs of critically ill patients. PGY2 residency graduates exit equipped to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary critical care team, able to make complex medication and nutrition support recommendations in this fast-paced environment. Training focuses on developing resident capability to deal with a 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 interventions and rapid, evidence-based, decision-making.

Graduates of the critical care residency are experienced in short-term research in the critical care environment and excel in their ability to teach other health professionals and those in training to be health professionals. They also acquire the experience necessary to exercise leadership for critical care practice in the health system and to contribute to organizational medication-use systems.  Graduates will also be prepared to take the critical care board certification examination.


Rotation Structure

Adult critical care rotation options include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Trauma
  • Neurosurgical
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Burn
  • Overnight ICU/Emergency Medicine Practice

Pediatric critical care rotations include:

  • Emergency Medicinie
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Neonatal Intensive Care

In addition, any of the other diverse clinical rotations may be elected, including:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology

Other Activities

  • Residency Teaching Certificate
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Committee Participation
  • Clinical Evening and Weekend Staffing
  • Presentation at Regional Research Meeting or National Meeting
  • Co-author a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Achieving Pharmacotherapy Board Certification is encouraged


Residency Completion

Upon the completion of this residency, the critical care resident will have achieved the following objectives:

  •  Have the knowledge base and pharmaceutical care skills to provide comprehensive medication management in various critical care settings.
  • Function as an effective member of the critical care team and be integrated in the health-care system.
  •  Acquire the practice skills of a qualified critical care pharmacist.
  •  Provide effective educational activities in practice and didactic settings. Educate patients/families, and current and future healthcare professionals.
  •  Develop and complete clinical research activities. Each resident is required to complete a major project.
  •  Share a commitment to the profession through participation in professional organizations.
  •  Demonstrate self-assessment and self-improvement behaviors.


How to Apply

The qualified applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and must be eligible for Indiana licensure. Completion of a prior ASHP accredited PGY1 residency is required. All offers are contingent upon a background check, reference check, and pre-placement health assessment, which includes a drug test. If selected for an on-site interview, a presentation and completion of clinical case will be required.

Deadline for PhORCAS Application: January 5
Application Requirements (Submitted via PhORCAS)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three ASHP Recommendation Forms
  • Official College Transcripts


Contact Information

Judith Jacobi, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care
IU Health Methodist Hospital
1701 N. Senate Blvd. AG 401
Indianapolis, IN 46202