Pharmacy Residency Programs

Rhode Island Hospital PGY-2 Critical Care Residency

PGY-2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY-2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY-2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The purpose of the Rhode Island Hospital PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residency is to provide advanced training in the field of critical care and to prepare graduates to function independently as clinical pharmacist specialists in critical care or as faculty. Program graduates will be prepared for board certification in critical care pharmacy.

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Program Director

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Annaliese Clancy, PharmD, BCCP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Cardiac Critical Care, and Director, PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program


Program Goals and Details

Program Goals

The residency program will provide the resident with specific learning/practice experiences designed to enable the resident to expand the scope of their clinical practice skills. The program objectives and goals are based on American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) standards, which reflect our program’s purpose. 

Program graduates will be prepared to function independently and act as essential members of an interdisciplinary team caring for critically ill patients. Further, graduates will be prepared to function as adjunct faculty for pharmacy students on rotation and in classroom learning experiences at a college of pharmacy. Finally, graduates will be prepared for board certification in critical care pharmacy.

Supervision and Work Ethic

The resident is expected to achieve the objectives of the residency program related to both administrative and professional practice skills. The resident reports to and is supervised by the rotation preceptor and the residency program director. During staffing, the resident is under the supervision of the pharmacist in charge.

Hours of practice vary according to the requirements set forth by the preceptor and director. The resident is expected to be present in body, mind and spirit at all assigned activities of the service they are currently a part of, including medical staff rounding, clinic visits and administrative activities. An eight-hour day is expected for physical presence on site during assigned work days.

The residency program is the resident’s most important commitment. Working extra shifts outside the residency program requirements (moonlighting) is strongly discouraged, especially at the beginning of the residency. To work overtime, the resident must be trained in the area. Extra work moonlighting and overtime work must be requested through and approved by the residency director and hours worked will be reported on a monthly basis by each resident. Consideration will be given to residency workload and deliverables assigned and resident standing within the program. 


  1. PharmD degree from an accredited school/college of pharmacy and completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy residency
  2. Eligibility for Rhode Island licensure
  3. Application must be submitted through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS)
    1. Formal letter of intent
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Official university/college transcripts
    4. PhORCAS recommendation form from three references
    5. Example of completed project to be uploaded in PhORCAS
  4. Personal interview

Program Structure

Core rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Medical ICU
  • Medical-Surgical ICU (The Miriam Hospital)
  • Trauma ICU/Burn
  • Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Pediatric ICU

Elective rotations:

  • Antithrombotic Stewardship
  • Critical Care Triage
  • Coronary Care Unit/Advanced Heart Failure
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Research and Healthcare Analytics (Brown University)
  • Surgical ICU

Longitudinal rotations:

  • Service Commitment
  • Critical Care Administration/Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Research I & II

Additional elective experiences in core/required areas or areas of interest to the resident may be developed based on availability of preceptors. The program includes transitional time (a 1-month non-learning experience) to work on longitudinal projects/research. Other responsibilities and opportunities include: emergency response, formulary management project, academic lecturing and presentations, Chief Resident role, recruitment assistance, conference attendance.

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

The resident will staff in the inpatient pharmacy every fourth weekend for a minimum of 18 weekend shifts. The PGY-2 critical care resident will staff for one 8-hour weekday swing shift (noon-8 p.m.) once per month, and one weekend (Saturday and Sunday, eight-hour shifts) in critical care every 4 weeks. Resident will staff on up to three holidays at the discretion of pharmacy department needs. Recognized hospital holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Estimated stipend: $57,000
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Holiday, vacation, and sick leave
  • Free parking
  • Workspace with computer 
  • Travel, continuing education allowance
  • Early commitment (if offered)
  • Quarterly project/resident resilience days