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PGY2 Critical Care Residency

The PGY2 Critical Care Residency is an American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited twelve-month program that transitions the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident to a specialized practice within critical care. The program provides structured experiences in a variety of critical care areas designed to develop the knowledge, skills, leadership, and attitudes to competently participate in a contemporary multidisciplinary critical care team. The critical care resident will also participate in quality improvement projects, institutional committees, didactic lectures and other educational activities.


Applicants must be Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy; have completed an accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency; be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia; and possess requisite patient care training or experience. The successful applicant must possess exceptional knowledge, clinical problem solving, and communication skills.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of our PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care is to foster the development of critical care pharmacy clinicians with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be competent members of a multidisciplinary critical care team within an academic medical center serving medical and surgical populations.

Residency Goals

  • To develop clinical expertise in the care of critically ill patients.
  • To develop teaching and communications skills necessary in providing education to a team of multidisciplinary critical care providers and trainees.
  • To develop proficiency with institutional policies, systems, and critical care pharmacy practice.
  • To provide experience with quality improvement and research.


The Critical Care Program Director or program preceptors and residents from VCUHS will be interviewing at the ASHP Midyear Personnel Placement Service. Candidates are encouraged to interview at the ASHP Midyear Personnel Placement Service and apply for the program. On site interviews are by invitation only.

Program Structure

The program is comprised of six required, and three elective rotations. The rotations are generally five weeks in duration; however, the staffing/operation rotation is longitudinal over the course of the year and occur in three critical care pharmacy satellite locations. The elective rotations are based on the resident's professional interests.

Required Rotations (6)

Medical/Respiratory Intensive Care Unit
Surgical/Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Unit
Emergency Medicine
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
Cardiac Surgery OR Coronary Care Intensive Care Unit
Staffing/Operations (longitudinal, approximately every third weekend)

Elective Rotations (3)

Cardiac Surgery ICU
Clinical Toxicology
Coronary Care ICU
Emergency Medicine
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Solid Organ Transplant
Surgical/Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Unit


PGY2 Critical Care Residents are given an academic faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the VCU School of Pharmacy and have opportunities to provide didactic instruction (e.g., lectures, team-based learning sessions, case conferences) and experiential training (e.g., APPEs) for Doctor of Pharmacy students from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Residents may participate in an elective teaching and learning certificate program.


Each resident is responsible for initiating and successfully completing a research project, with presentation at an internal residency research symposium. Residents are encouraged to submit their projects for publication. An advisor and additional support guides the resident through the process. Potential critical care research projects are presented to the residents at the start of the residency program.


This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and participates in the ASHP/NMS PGY2 Matching Program and PhORCAS. For application instructions, please visit the Application Process section of this website.

Program Leadership

Program Director

Gregory Chenault, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
     Residency in Critical Care, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Programs

Craig Kirkwood, PharmD
Assistant Director, Pharmacotherapy Services
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     BS, University of Buffalo
     PharmD, University of Buffalo
     Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, Buffalo General Hospital
     Residency in Drug Information, North Carolina Memorial Hospital at University of North Carolina

Director, Department of Pharmacy Services

Rodney L. Stiltner, PharmD, MS
Director, Department of Pharmacy Services
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, Mercer University
     MS, University of Wisconsin
     Residency in Pharmacy Practice, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia
     Residency in Management Pharmacy Practice, University of Wisconsin Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics


Gretchen Brophy, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FCCM, FNCSS
Neurocritical Care

William Cahoon, Jr, PharmD, BCPS, AQ Cardiology
Coronary Care Unit/ Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit

Greg Chenault, PharmD
Surgical Critical Care

Kim Varney Gill, PharmD, BCPS
Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit

Lisa Kurczewski, PharmD, BCPS
Neurocritical Care

Spencer LeCorchick, PharmD
Solid Organ Transplant

Adam MacLasco, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine

Tammy T. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine

Katie Rocawich, PharmD, BCPS
Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit

S. Rutherford Rose, PharmD, FAACT, ABAT
Clinical Toxicology

Idris Yakubu, PharmD
Solid Organ Transplant

Application Process

Application is made through the PhORCAS process. The application deadline is January 2, 2018. For application instructions, please visit the Application Process section of this website.

Required Characteristics to be Evaluated by Your Reference Writers:

1. Ability to work with peers and communicate

2. Clinical problem solving

3. Dependability

4. Independence and resourcefulness

5. Willingness to accept constructive criticism

6. Emotional stability and maturity

Number of Positions


Salary and Benefits

The salary for PGY2 pharmacy residents at VCU Health System is $49,816.

Duration of Appointment

The pharmacy resident's contract at VCU Health System will begin on July 1 of the program year. The pharmacy residency will be completed on June 30 of the subsequent year.

Vacation and Holiday Leave

Two weeks (10 days) are granted for paid vacation or personal leave. This may be taken during rotations throughout the year. At least 10 days of paid holiday leave are provided during the year. Discretionary leave (personal or vacation leave) is pre-approved by the resident's rotation preceptor, the residency program director, and the residency programs coordinator. In general, the resident will be absent no more than five days during any rotation.

Sick and Family Leave

Two weeks (10 days) of paid sick leave and one week (5 days) of family leave are provided as baseline leave. When either sick or family baseline leave is exhausted, extended sick/family leave is available for an additional 17 days. After complete use of extended sick/family leave, unpaid leave is utilized and the need to extend the residency is considered.

Educational and Professional Leave

Educational leave is provided for attendance at a national professional meeting (up to 5 days) and the regional residency conference (up to 3 days). For the national professional meeting, PGY2 pharmacy residents will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. PGY2 residents are provided an additional 5 days of educational leave to attend a specialty-specific meeting (e.g., ACCP, SCCM, HOPA, CPNP), upon approval by the program director and the residency programs coordinator. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a stipend toward travel, meals and lodging expenses at the national and regional meetings and, for PGY2 residents, may be applied toward the additional educational meeting upon administrative approval. Professional leave (up to 5 days) is granted for interviews without the use of vacation days. Professional leave may be used for attendance at a professional meeting, in lieu of interviews, upon the permission of the program director.

Health Benefits

The VCU Health System provides a health insurance policy, to each pharmacy resident. Coverage includes outpatient physician visits and laboratory tests. Prescription, dental, vision, and family coverage are available through payroll deduction with the respective co-pay and vary with the level of coverage desired.

Liability Insurance

VCU Health System is self-insured and provides professional liability (malpractice) insurance, subject to policy limits, for each pharmacy resident. Insurance covers professional service when on-duty within the institution. It does not cover professional services (e.g., moonlighting or consulting activities) provided at other facilities or institutions. This malpractice insurance will cover all acts of alleged medical negligence while a resident is at VCU Health System. Residents may choose to enhance the professional liability insurance with a personal liability policy.

Moonlighting and Optional Staffing

Residents are permitted to seek additional, paid staffing as a pharmacist upon approval of their program director. For convenience, the staffing usually occurs within VCU Health System. Moonlighting, in general, will not extend to greater than eight hours weekly. Additional staffing which conflicts with residency requirements is not permitted.

Office Space and Resources

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides office space for the PGY2 residents in the Main Hospital. Residents access patient information and drug information throughout VCUHS and from home via the VCUHS Cerner information system.

Health and Recreation Facilities

Residents have access to VCU recreational facilities, including exercise equipment, weight rooms, aerobic activities, basketball courts and swimming pools, at a reduced membership fee.


Parking is provided on the VCU Medical Center campus through payroll deduction at the reduced, housestaff rate.