Critical Care-FAQ

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

Frequently Asked Questions


Which rotations do you offer? Which are required? 

 The required rotations include Medical Intensive Care Unit (MRICU) I & II, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU). A partial list of available elective rotations is available on the Structure of the Residency page.In addition, rotations with other preceptors in either the TUH PGY1 or TUSP PGY2 residencies can be designed if there is an interest. 


Can residents repeat required rotations as an elective?

Yes. This is an option for residents that have interest as long as there is preceptor availability.


What is the hospital information system? Can I access it remotely?

The Temple University Health System uses Epic, and it can be used remotely. 


Can the resident choose his or her own research project, or is it chosen by the program?

Residents are welcome to suggest projects and they will be considered. Typically, the resident is presented with a group of projects to choose from that have been “pre-vetted” for their ability to be completed during the residency year. While publication is not a requirement for the project, the completion of a project of publishable quality is. 


Have any of the residents published?

Completing a writing project is a requirement of the program. Our first resident will have two book chapters published in the book Pharmacology for Respiratory Care (in press). The current resident is working on a case report with the intent to submit for publication. All residents have presented at SCCM and have had abstracts published in Critical Care Medicine. 


Can the resident serve on committees at the hospital? At the School?

The resident willerve on the TUH Critical Care Committee, which meets monthly. This service involves reviewing and submitting medication related error and adverse events that occur in the ICUs and Emergency Department. Residents attend meetings of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at TUSP, but typically do not serve on committees, though this is possible if there is interest in a specific topic. Residents are also invited to the TUH Department of Pharmacy staff meetings.


I see there is no staffing requirement. Can I ‘moonlight’?

Our policy allows residents to moonlight at either TUH or another facility after 120 days have elapsed, provided that the other job does not interfere with residency responsibilities and the total number of hours spent working does not violate duty hour limits. To moonlight at TUH, a position has to be available that the resident has to apply for. 


Do you have any internal candidates?

We have an early commitment process for PGY1 residents at Temple University Health System who are interested in the PGY2 residencies at the School. However, the process is completed before Midyear, and if the programs are recruiting at Midyear then no internal candidate was selected.