Critical Care (PGY2)


The purpose of the PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency is to develop and refine clinical, leadership, research management, quality assurance, and teaching skills within the practice of critical care. Upon completion of the PGY2 Critical Care Residency, graduates should be well-prepared to enter clinical practice as a critical care clinical specialist, associate or affiliate clinical faculty member, or to pursue critical care fellowship training.

Program Overview

Training focuses on a full range of disease states, disorders, and procedures, along with the literature behind the medication management of such conditions. Rotations are designed to ensure experience is gained with the highest acuity patients in each sub-specialty area. Clinical knowledge needed to obtain board certification within the practice specialty is provided. Graduates are able to conduct research independently in the critical care environment and should be confident educators in the multidisciplinary and pharmacy training environment.




  • Trauma Intensive Care

  • Surgical Intensive Care

  • Medical Intensive Care

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care

  • Nutrition Support

  • Burn Intensive Care

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Medical Oncology

  • Solid Organ Transplant

  • Pediatric Intensive Care

  • Neonatal Intensive Care

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care

*All rotations are four weeks in duration. A four week block will be designated as a transitional period dedicated to project time and meeting attendance. The resident's schedule is flexible in order to allow the resident to meet his/her career goals and interests.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice

The resident will work in a guided hospital practice scheduled every fourth weekend and on selected holidays. The staffing schedule will include a combination of operational and clinical service responsibilities.

Research Project

The resident will conduct a research project over the course of the residency year. This project will include idea development, literature review, study design, IRB submission, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, oral presentation and a written manuscript. A pharmacy and physician research mentor will assist in the development and presentation of the project.

Program Details

Current Resident

Residency Graduates


Fringe Benefits

Vanderbilt Community


 Application Information

Number of Positions: One Residency starting date: July 3

Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593*

*info has not been verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,

PGY1 pharmacy residency certificate, licensure in Tennessee

Submit application in PhORCAS application portal by Jan 1 deadline

Contact Information

Susan Hamblin, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Program Director

Telephone: 615.322.1052

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Department of Pharmaceutical Services

1211 Medical Center Drive B131 VUH

Nashville, TN 37232-7610

Institutional Information

Private nonprofit hospital/clinic . Teaching/Tertiary Model

Professional Staff = 150 . Non-professional staff = 220

Total Beds = 1065 . Average Daily Census = 877