The Division of Pharmacy at MD Anderson offers a one-year PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency program. MD Anderson has more than 650 inpatient beds, including over 50 ICU beds with provision of care by full-time intensivists, advanced practice providers, clinical pharmacy specialists, and other critical care personnel. The residency is heavily weighted in direct patient care and designed to facilitate development of clinical expertise and competence in critical care pharmacotherapeutics.
The residency learning experiences include both core rotations as well as elective time that will be tailored to the interests and career goals of the resident. Through these experiences as well as research, publication, presentation, ACLS, and precepting opportunities, the resident will develop the skills necessary to become a successful and comprehensive Critical Care clinical pharmacy specialist. Under the direction of Jeff Bruno, Pharm.D., BCNSP, BCPS, FCCM, and the clinical pharmacy staff of MD Anderson, the resident will:
- Provide comprehensive, evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic care as a member of the following teams:
- Medical Critical Care
- Surgical Critical Care
- Cardiovascular Critical Care
- Infectious Diseases Critical Care
- Emergency Medicine
- Nutrition Support
- Conduct clinical research and develop professional writing skills for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
- Participate in the provision of Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support as a member of the Code Blue Team
- Precept and mentor Pharm.D. students during clinical clerkship; educate pharmacy, nursing and medical staff
- Provide a didactic lecture to pharmacy students at The University of Houston, College of Pharmacy (on campus)
Required: Pharm.D. degree; completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency; licensure in the state of Texas by October 1.
- Start Date – July or August
- Deadline for application – December 31
- On-site Interview required (Mondays or Fridays in January or February)
- Annual Salary – $55,000
- Benefits – 10 days of vacation, 80 hours of sick leave, medical insurance, on-line library, on-site medical graphics department, PDA support, office with your own computer and references, professional support
- Funded meetings – ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, and the ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Conference
- Numerous Board Certified preceptor faculty
- Diverse Critical Care learning opportunities with two months of tailored elective time
- BLS and ACLS certification with Code Blue coverage
- Major research project – platform presentation at ALCALDE Southwest annual residency conference
- Professional writing – Two publications in a peer-reviewed journal (major research project plus one additional manuscript such as a case report, case series, review article, etc.); Professional peer-review as opportunities arise
- Professional presentations – ICU Medical Resident Noon Conference (minimum of 1); Critical Care Journal Club (minimum of 2); Critical Care Case Conference (minimum of 2); ACPE-accredited Pharmacy Grand Rounds (1)
- Precepting / mentoring opportunities – University of Houston and University of Texas College of Pharmacy student clerkship precepting, Institutional Pharm.D. Student Shared Instruction, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident precepting
- Didactic lecture opportunities – University of Houston College of Pharmacy (on-site in Texas Medical Center)
- Teaching Certificate Program
- Weekend coverage – 12 to 14 weekends/year (clinical and staffing opportunities)
Required Experiences: Resident experiences are scheduled on a one to two month basis or in a longitudinal format. In general, experiences start on the 1st day of the month. The resident is required to successfully complete all required PGY2 Critical Care residency learning experiences, including:
- Medical intensive care unit (consecutive two month block)
- Surgical intensive care unit (two, one month blocks)
- Cardiology consult service, intensive care unit (one month)
- Infectious diseases consult service, intensive care unit (one month)
- Emergency Medicine (one month)
- Nutrition Support 1 (one month)
- Longitudinal Code Blue Coverage
- Longitudinal Research Project
- Longitudinal Writing Project
- Longitudinal Drug Information
- Longitudinal Committee Involvement
Elective Experiences: The resident is required to successfully complete two, one-month elective experiences. Elective experiences may include any of the above learning experiences, additional on-site experiences (i.e., ICU Triage, Nutrition Support 2/Home Parenteral Nutrition) off-site experiences, or another unique practice related to critical care agreed upon by the resident and residency program director (RPD) provided a suitable preceptor is available. Resident interests in a specific elective experience should be discussed with the RPD at least 6 months in advance in order to help ensure availability. Off-site experiences cannot always be guaranteed. Off-site elective opportunities may include the following:
- Pediatric intensive care unit
- Neurologic intensive care unit
- Shock / Trauma intensive care unit
- Cardiothoracic intensive care unit
Learning descriptions and resident expectations are available for each of the required training experiences. Descriptions for the off-site elective learning experiences are acquired and provided to the resident from the institution offering the experience. It is expected that the resident successfully accomplish all expectations of each training experience as indicated in the respective learning description.
Resident performance in each learning experience will be evaluated and housed in PharmAcademic. The decision of whether or not the resident has performed sufficiently in each of the above learning experiences is at the discretion of the rotation preceptor. If any instance of insufficient performance is noted, the RPD will review such information and coordinate a meeting with the preceptor and resident. Insufficient performance may prolong completion of the residency program.
The PGY2 Critical Care resident is responsible for completing the following presentations:
- Case conference (minimum of 2)*
- Journal club (minimum of 2)*
- Pharmacy Grand Rounds (1)*
- Critical Care medical resident noon lecture (minimum of 1)*
- In-service to patient care team (minimum of 1)*
- University of Houston didactic lecture (minimum of 1)*
- Shared student instruction (minimum of 2)*
- ALCALDE research platform presentation (1)*
- Pharmacy Research Grand Rounds (1)
- Drug monograph for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (1)*
Presentations marked with an (*) will be formally evaluated by PGY2 preceptors in attendance through use of an evaluation form and verbal feedback will also be provided. In the event of inadequate performance, the resident may be required to conduct a subsequent presentation. A description of each presentation experience is provided below.
Case Conference/Journal Club
The resident is required to present a minimum of 2 case conferences. The purpose of case conference is to facilitate development of the resident’s clinical thinking skills in the management of critically ill patients through review of a patient case and application of evidence-based medicine. Case conferences should rely heavily on primary literature with emphasis placed on clinical applicability of pertinent clinical trials.
The resident is required to provide a minimum of 2 journal club presentations. One presentation may entail participation in the SCCM Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology journal club webinar. The purpose of journal club is to expand the resident’s knowledge of current primary literature as well as their ability to critique and analyze clinical trials including statistical analysis.
Case conference and journal club will be generally held on Thursdays, from 3-4 p.m. These conferences will be attended by all preceptors of the PGY2 Critical Care residency, PGY2 Critical Care residents, as well as pharmacy students and PGY1 trainees currently completing a critical care or critical care-related experience. Other multidisciplinary personnel are encouraged to attend. The format for such presentations is a round-table discussion, led and facilitated by the resident. The resident will be limited to 45 minutes of presentation time, with the remaining 15 minutes reserved for questions and preceptor feedback. The resident is responsible for constructing a handout for the presentation. Unless specified by the RPD or the resident’s immediate preceptor, the resident may choose to present via handout or through PowerPoint presentation.
Pharmacy Grand Rounds
The resident is required to present a Grand Rounds to the Division of Pharmacy for ACPE (continuing pharmacy education) credit. This is a formal PowerPoint presentation with self-assessment questions for audience interaction. The audience is primarily clinical pharmacists, but Grand Rounds is open to other healthcare professionals. Diane Hecht, Pharm.D., R.Ph. coordinates the Grand Rounds sessions as well as ACPE submission. Grand Rounds are usually scheduled between November and June. The Grand Rounds coordinator will provide deadlines for ACPE. Available topics for Grand Rounds presentation are identified by conducting a needs assessment throughout the Division of Pharmacy. The residents are then presented with such topics and allowed to choose. A Grand Rounds preceptor(s) is allocated by the RPD.
Critical Care Medical Resident Noon Lecture
The resident is required to provide a minimum of one PowerPoint presentation to the Critical Care medical residents during ICU noon lecture. Typically, this includes a review of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in the Critically Ill or ICU Delirium. The resident will be limited to 45 minutes of presentation time, with 15 minutes for discussion and questions. The resident will be expected to provide this presentation during their Surgical or Medical ICU learning experiences.
In-Service to Patient Care Team
The resident is required to provide a minimum of one formal (i.e., with handout) in-service to a patient care team. The timing of this in-service will be customized for each resident. The resident will be evaluated by the preceptor of his/her learning experience during which the in-service is provided.
University of Houston Didactic Lecture/Skills Lab
The resident is required to provide a minimum of one didactic lecture at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. This lecture will be provided to second or third year pharmacy students via the Critical Care elective or Therapeutics courses, respectively, and will entail a discussion of a critical care or critical care-related topic. A preceptor(s) will be assigned by the RPD to help facilitate development of the lecture as well as provide formal feedback. In addition to a lecture, the resident will participate in skills lab for a minimum of 1 week throughout the year. In skills lab, the resident will work with the students and facilitate their learning through case-based scenarios and direct instruction. Lastly, the resident will participate in examinations by developing test questions for the lecture presented.
Shared Student Instruction
The resident is required to participate in the training and mentoring of University of Texas and University of Houston College of Pharmacy students on rotation at MD Anderson Cancer Center via provision of Shared Student Instruction. This consists of leading a roundtable topic discussion with provision of a formal handout and assigned readings to Pharm.D. students on rotation during each student block (3-4 times/year). Topics that the Critical Care residents have facilitated in the past include sepsis, management of catheter-related blood stream infections, and nutrition support.
ALCALDE Platform and TSHP Poster Presentations
The resident will attend the ALCALDE regional residency conference. At ALCALDE, the resident will be required to give a 15-minute platform PowerPoint presentation describing his/her research project methodology and results. This presentation will be attended by other PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents conducting research in the same field of pharmacotherapy and be evaluated by pharmacy experts in this respective field. In addition, the resident may be required to attend the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists (TSHP) annual meeting and present his/her research via poster presentation. The ALCALDE/TSHP conference is typically held in April.
Pharmacy Research Grand Rounds
All residents are required to present the final results / conclusions of their major research project during the Pharmacy Research Grand Rounds session. This entails a 10-15 minute PowerPoint presentation typically scheduled for June or July. The entire Division of Pharmacy is invited to this session.
Longitudinal Research Project
The resident is required to successfully conduct one major research project. The research project is an ASHP requirement and must be completed for successful completion of the residency program. The project is typically retrospective in nature and clinical, administrative, basic science, or pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research in focus. At the beginning of the residency year, the resident will be provided a list of project ideas to choose from or may develop his/her own idea upon approval by the RPD. A research project preceptor(s) will be identified to guide the resident through this experience and help ensure completion. In September, prior to Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, the resident will present their research proposal to the PGY2 Critical Care preceptor staff for suggestions and pertinent comments. As mentioned above, the resident will also be required to present their research project and findings in platform format at ALCALDE and the MD Anderson Cancer Center Pharmacy Research Grand Rounds session. Documentation of the research project must include a final project report in manuscript format of publication quality. Successful development of a manuscript that meets publication quality will be at the discretion of the research preceptor(s) and RPD. Please see the “Longitudinal Research Experience” learning descriptor for further details.
Longitudinal Professional Writing Projects
The resident is required to successfully complete two major writing projects. As mentioned above, one writing project will be based on the resident’s major research project. In addition and separate from the research project, the resident is required to complete a second writing project during the residency. The second writing project can entail any of the following: case report, case series, review article, or meta-analysis. The resident will be provided a list of writing project ideas to choose from or may develop his/her own idea upon approval by the RPD. A preceptor(s) will be identified by the RPD to assist in manuscript development and submission.
The two required manuscripts must be of publication quality, and ideally submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal, prior to conclusion of the residency. Failure to meet this requirement may prolong completion of the residency program. Please see the “Longitudinal Professional Writing Experience” learning descriptor for further details.
Longitudinal Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Code Blue Coverage
The resident is required to provide code blue coverage for the institution during selected months from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Code blue coverage will not be scheduled during off-site elective months (if applicable), the resident’s Research month, or on weekends and institutional holidays. It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that his/her ACLS training and certification remain up to date as MD Anderson can provide this training during orientation. Please see the “Longitudinal ACLS / Code Blue Experience” learning descriptor for further details.
Longitudinal Drug Information and Drug Use Policy
Drug information is a longitudinal learning experience for the PGY2 Critical Care residency program. The PGY2 critical care resident is required to complete the following activities: provide coverage of the non-formulary pager for a minimum of 5 weekends, develop one Formulary monograph or perform a class review and present the findings to the P&T committee, take minutes for one P&T meeting, and provide a written formal response to a minimum of 1 drug information request. In addition, the resident may be asked to develop/revise 1 critical care-related medication guideline for the institution. Other activities may be assigned at the discretion of the RPD. Please see the “Longitudinal Drug Information Experience” learning descriptor for further details.
The resident is required to serve as a representative of the Division of Pharmacy for at least 1 Institutional or Critical Care Committee. The resident will be mentored by a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist who is already an established member of the committee selected. Expectations include timely attendance at all committee meetings, active involvement in committee activities (as assigned by the preceptor), adherence to all set deadlines, and vocal presence for committee matters. At the discretion of the preceptor and by the latter half of the residency training experience, the resident will be expected to serve as the primary pharmacy representative. Committees that past Critical Care residents have participated in include the Institution CPR Committee, the ICU Medication Safety Committee, and the ICU Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Committee selection for resident participation will be made by the RPD and customized based on the past experiences and interests of the resident. Please see the “Longitudinal Committee Involvement” learning descriptor for further details.
The resident is required to become a licensed pharmacy preceptor with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, which necessitates completion of 3 hours of preceptor CE. Residents will participate in the bedside / clinical precepting of pharmacy students from the University of Texas and/or University of Houston College of Pharmacy. The extent of precepting responsibilities will depend on the resident’s current point in training and skill set as judged by his/her learning experience preceptor and RPD. Typically, the PGY2 Critical Care resident will serve as a co-preceptor for one or more students during the first half of residency training, and with adequate performance, undertake responsibilities as a primary student preceptor or co-preceptor of a PGY1 resident during the latter half. Lastly, the PGY2 Critical Care resident will also participate in the University of Texas Galveston / Houston Pharm.D. student regional meetings (15-17/year) to evaluate student presentations and provide individual mentoring.
Interactive Learning Discussions
Interactive learning topic discussions are held throughout the year in order to facilitate resident development outside of direct patient care. Examples of topics that are discussed include: how to develop and maintain a PGY2 residency program, professionalism and credibility, interviewing and recruiting, technology and automation, organizational involvement, and board certification. The sessions are led by two or more clinical pharmacy specialists and often include the RPD as well as clinical pharmacy managers. The resident is expected to be familiar with assigned readings (as applicable) and actively contribute to each discussion.
Weekend / Holiday Coverage
The resident will work approximately 12-15 weekends throughout the year, potentially including one to two institutional recognized holidays. Weekend responsibilities include either clinical pharmacy / parenteral nutrition coverage for the Critical Care unit and Nutrition Support service or staffing in the ICU satellite pharmacy.
When weekend responsibilities include clinical coverage, the resident will be paired with a clinical pharmacy specialist and the workload will be assigned. The resident is expected to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.; however, it is the responsibility of the resident to contact his/her preceptor each weekend to determine the appropriate arrival time. When weekend responsibilities involve operational coverage (i.e., staffing of the ICU satellite), the resident will work the 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. shift.
The weekend / holiday schedule is made in advance. If a resident needs a particular weekend off that he/she is scheduled to work, arrangements should be made to switch with a co-resident. All changes to the on-call schedule must be first approved by the RPD. If an unexpected illness or problem arises which prevents the resident from working, he/she must notify the RPD immediately. Holiday time worked will not be banked.
Funding will be provided for the resident to attend the following conferences: ASHP Midyear Meeting, ALCALDE Regional Residents Conference, and one of the following: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Clinical Nutrition Week, American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting or Spring Practice and Research Forum. The resident may also attend other local conferences as designated by the RPD. Travel outside of the United States for conference attendance is handled on a case-by-case basis and may not be approved and/or financially supported.
What is the goal of the residency?
The goal of the PGY2 Critical Care residency program is to provide the resident the opportunity to develop his/her clinical skills in preparation for a comprehensive practice as a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Residents completing the program will be competent and confident in the management of adult critically ill patients.
How is the residency offered?
The residency is a one-year program that is heavily weighted in direct patient care. The program consists of core learning experiences and additional requirements, but also incorporates tailored instruction based on each individual resident’s interest(s) and career goals.
Is the program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)?
Yes, the PGY2 Critical Care residency program is accredited by ASHP.
Is participation in the ASHP match program required?
Yes, participation in the ASHP match program is required. Please review the match requirements and process at www.natmatch.com. The official ASHP Match number for the PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency is 584352. For details regarding the residency application process, please visit www.mdanderson.org/pharmacy. The deadline for application submission is December 31.
How many resident positions are available and what are the requirements?
We accept 1 to 2 PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residents each year. Requirements include a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited school of pharmacy and successful completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.
What should I expect at the time of the on-site interview?
Applicants should be prepared to assume the travel and lodging costs for the interview, as MD Anderson does not have a mechanism to provide compensation for the interview process. We can assist with coordinating transportation to and from the airport and your hotel if this is desired and if flights arrive / depart at reasonable hours. The interview process entails a full day (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) of meetings with the RPD, residency preceptors, Pharmacy administrative staff, the current PGY2 Critical Care resident(s), and a tour of the facilities. A 30-minute professional PowerPoint presentation (candidate’s choice) to the PGY2 Critical Care residency preceptors is required during the interview. Interviews are conducted in the months of January and February.
How and when is the resident selected for the residency?
Following completion of all residency candidate interviews, the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Advisory Committee convenes to discuss the applicants. Resident ranking for the ASHP Match program is based on multiple factors including: past education and training, letters of support, performance during the on-site interview and matching interests between that of the applicant and the PGY2 Critical Care residency offered at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The RPD will discuss the matching process and notification of resident selection during the on-site interview.
Does the resident need to be licensed in the state of Texas?
The resident must be eligible for licensure (via reciprocity or examination) upon acceptance into the program. It is highly recommended that the resident complete all necessary examinations / processes for licensure prior to starting the program in July. It is mandatory that the resident is licensed by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy by October 1st in order to continue in the program.
Who is the PGY 2 Critical Care Residency Program Director and who are the preceptor faculty?
The director of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency is Jeff Bruno, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP, FCCM. The residency coordinator is Brian Dee, Pharm.D., BCNSP, BCCCP. In addition to the Division of Pharmacy leadership and residency program director, there are numerous board certified clinical pharmacy specialists who serve as preceptors for the Critical Care pharmacy residency. This includes clinical specialists in the areas of Critical Care / Nutrition Support, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, and Drug Information / Drug Use Policy. The preceptor group is dedicated and committed to the continued success of each resident and the program overall.
What are the “required” patient care experiences and how are the rotations offered?
Rotations consist of 1 – 2 month blocks for most patient care experiences. The required patient care experiences include:
- Medical ICU (2 month block)
- Surgical ICU (two, 1-month blocks)
- Cardiovascular ICU (1 month)
- Infectious Disease ICU (1 month)
- Emergency Medicine (1 month)
- Nutrition Support (1 month)
- Code Blue / Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Longitudinal)
- Drug Information (Longitudinal)
- Research (Longitudinal)
- Professional Writing (Longitudinal)
- Committee Involvement (Longitudinal)
Two months of elective time are scheduled throughout the year to help tailor the residency to meet each resident’s individual goals as well as potentially provide off-site experiences.
What expectations are placed on the resident?
The resident is expected to make a commitment to satisfactorily complete all requirements of the residency, as planned in advance and communicated with the resident upon acceptance into the program. This commitment includes but is not limited to the following: active participation in direct patient care, presentations, precepting and mentoring of pharmacy students, non-formulary pager coverage, weekend clinical coverage, attendance at required meetings and programs, and the availability and willingness to participate in any function of the Division of Pharmacy on a 24-hour basis. In regards to the outcomes of the PGY2 Critical Care residency program, the resident must “achieve” a pre-specified number of goals in order to successfully complete the program. Progress towards goal achievement is discussed, at a minimum, quarterly with each resident.
What are the service commitments?
In addition to scheduled and elective learning experiences, the resident is required to participate in weekend coverage for the Critical Care and Nutrition Support clinical pharmacy services or ICU satellite operational pharmacy services on a scheduled basis (approximately every 3 weeks, potentially including 1 – 2 holidays). The resident is also required to carry the code blue pager and provide advanced cardiac life support for selected months throughout the residency year. The resident will not be removed from his/her clinical rotations in order to provide medication order-entry services, unless this is in reference to disaster management.
What are the presentation requirements of our residents?
Throughout the year, the resident will provide a minimum of 2 journal club presentations and 2 case conferences. Additionally, the resident will present a “Pharmacy Grand Rounds” for ACPE continuing education credit and provide 1 didactic lecture to second or third year pharmacy students at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. The resident is also expected to present the results of his/her major research project in platform format at the regional residents’ conference(s) as well as during the MD Anderson Cancer Center Pharmacy Research forum. The resident will provide a minimum of 1 formal in-service to the multidisciplinary team and 1 formal presentation to non-pharmacist trainees (e.g., medical residents). Lastly, per the discretion of the RPD and individual preceptors, the resident may be asked to provide additional presentations.
What are the publication requirements of our residents?
The resident has 2 writing projects for the year. The first writing project is to develop a manuscript documenting the results of his/her residency research. The second writing project may consist of a case report, case series, review article, book chapter, or other format as agreed upon by the RPD. Both manuscripts must be of publication quality by the end of the residency year in order to successfully complete the residency program. In addition, to help facilitate development of professional writing skills, the resident will work with his/her preceptors as a peer-reviewer for 1 – 2 professional manuscripts as opportunities arise.
How is the resident evaluated?
The PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency program at MD Anderson is not based upon a set number of "hours" in each experience area. Rather, it is based upon behavioral plus competency-based objectives. During each learning experience, preceptor faculty will provide the resident with weekly informal feedback as well as a formal summative evaluation upon rotation completion according to pre-assigned goals and objectives. Longitudinal learning experiences are evaluated quarterly. Non-patient care activities are directly evaluated at the time of performance (e.g., presentations). Additionally, the resident will evaluate his/her preceptor and the learning experience upon completion of each individual experience. All learning experience evaluations are documented and maintained in PharmAcademic. Upon completion of the residency program, the resident will be asked to evaluate the residency program overall (i.e., strengths, weaknesses) as well as provide suggestions for improvement.
What support is offered for educational trips and seminars?
Every attempt is made to financially support resident attendance of educational seminars and programs. Priority programs include the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the ALCALDE regional residents' conference, and one of the following: Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting (or Spring Practice and Research Forum), or the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Nutrition Week. Additionally, residents are encouraged to attend local meetings (Texas Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Gulf Coast Society of Health System Pharmacists, and Texas Gulf Coast Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) as appropriate.
What stipend and benefit program is offered?
The annual stipend is currently $55,000. There is a liberal benefit program that includes comprehensive health insurance. There is no financial support for moving and living expenses, but relocation information is provided that educational trainees find beneficial.
In what other educational programs does the Division of Pharmacy participate?
The Division of Pharmacy (including our residents) participates in undergraduate and graduate clinical and experiential programs with The University of Houston and University of Texas Colleges of Pharmacy. Residents also participate in the University of Texas Galveston/Houston Pharm.D. student regional meetings (15-17/year) to evaluate student presentations and provide mentoring. Preceptor continuing education opportunities are disseminated to the Division of Pharmacy. In addition, clinical research training (i.e., protocol development) as well as advanced cardiac life support certification is provided to the residents during their orientation period. The Division of Pharmacy also offers additional residency programs (PGY1 Pharmacy residency, a PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration residency, and a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy residency), and provides many in-services and continuing education programs to the hospital's professional staff.
What other support is available to the resident during the residency?
The Division of Pharmacy provides lab coats and scrubs to the residents. An office dedicated for pharmacy residents is provided with books and supplies as well as individual desk, computer and iPhone support. MD Anderson has its own medical library and also provides on-line access to the Texas Medical Center library both from within and outside of the institution. The institution also has its own medical graphics department to assist in the development of professional poster presentations, as well as a biostatistics department to assist with research endeavors.
What living arrangements are available for the resident?
Houston offers a wide variety of housing opportunities, including many apartments and townhouses near the Texas Medical Center. Many of the surrounding housing opportunities have a regular shuttle service to the hospital or are close to the light rail into the Texas Medical Center.
What entertainment and cultural opportunities are available in the Houston area?
Houston offers every possible opportunity for enjoyment of the arts, entertainment, and recreation. The city offers major league sports, outstanding shopping areas and several special attractions, including the Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens, the Museum of Natural Science, Cynthia Woods Pavilion, the Toyota Center, NRG Stadium, Minute Maid Park, BBVA Compass Stadium, Kemah Boardwalk, The Strand in Galveston and the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Application Deadline and Requirements:
- Contact Residency Program Director prior to starting the application process.
- ASHP Midyear PPS or telephone interview is required prior to application submission
- Applications must be submitted via the Phorcas system™
- Application(s) must be submitted no later than December 31.
- Participation in ASHP Resident Matching Program is required for all Residency Programs
- No temporary United States visa sponsorship
- Immigration visa sponsorship for this program is NOT offered by MD Anderson. Individuals admitted to this program will be required to demonstrate a valid immigration status prior to the PGY2 residency appointment and it must be for the full period of the PGY2 residency program.
The following application materials must be submitted via the PhORCAS™ online application system by December 31st
- A Statement of Intent (not to exceed one typewritten page) describing your career goals and reasons for pursuing the residency program
- Curriculum Vitae
- Official Transcript from Pharmacy College/University indicating date of graduation and degree earned (originals required via PhORCAS™)
- Reference Form in PhORCAS™ completed by THREE references
In addition to the Reference Form in PhORCAS™, MD Anderson also requires that your THREE references each submit a Formal Letter of Reference
- Directions for Letters of Reference
- All letters must be on institutional letterhead and must be dated AND contain an original signature
- Completed letters can be submitted as follows:
- The PhORCAS™ “Standardized Reference Form” does not meet our institution/program requirements and cannot be accepted in lieu of reference letters.
On-site Interview Requirements and Scheduling:
- An on-site interview is required.
- All candidates will be notified of their interview status by January 15th
- Interviews will be conducted in January and February, after receipt of all application materials.
Upon release of the match results, candidates that match with our institution will need to complete an institution specific application and requirements for appointment via the MD Anderson DISCOVER™ online application system. The DISCOVER System™ is a web based database utilized to streamline the application selection and appointment process. More information about this process will be provided at the time of onsite interviews.
For questions regarding the application process, please contact Jeff Bruno, Director PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program via email PGY2-CriticalCareResidency@mdanderson.org or phone 713-792-0251.
MD Anderson does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin, handicap, or age in administration of its administrative policies, admission policies, and other school administered programs. MD Anderson is a smoke-free environment.
Jeff Bruno, Pharm.D., BCNSP, BCPS
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Residency
Division of Pharmacy
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 90
Houston, TX 77030-4009