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Home    Schools & Education    CoxHealth Pharmacy Residency Programs    PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Program Type 
ASHP Accredited PGY2 Residency
ASHP Match Number: 64017

“Completing a critical care specialty residency allows you to become a pharmacotherapeutic expert in a variety of critical care settings. It prepares you to become an independent clinical specialist and to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team.”

Brandon P. Mullins, PharmD
St. Luke's Hospital ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
2013-2014 PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Graduate


“The purpose of the program is to develop the skills necessary to become a highly qualifed practitioner with successful and comprehensive pharmacotherapy expertise in the management of critically ill patients.”

Jenni Catlin, PharmD
Co-Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care, CoxHealth Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist

Program Purpose
The CoxHealth PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency provides the resident with advanced clinical training in critical care pharmacotherapy, as well as opportunities for research, teaching, and scholarship. Upon completion of this residency, the pharmacist will be a competent clinical pharmacy practitioner in critical care that engages in multidisciplinary collaboration, demonstrates advanced critical thinking skills, and is able to design and implement complex medication recommendations in a variety of critical care environments.

Program Overview
This 12-month ASHP-accredited program builds upon the broad-based competencies achieved in a PGY1 pharmacy residency. This program prepares residents to function independently in the therapeutic management of patients admitted to intensive care units and various other aspects of direct patient care including nutrition support and emergency medicine. During the residency, pharmacists develop leadership ,practice management skills, and gain experience in educating health care professionals, students and patients. Residents learn to integrate their knowledge of drug delivery and patient care to optimize and ensure a safe and cost effective medication use system. The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency is located Cox Medical Center South, a Level I trauma center serving southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, with approximately 75 adult critical care beds. 

Residents participate in case conferences, guideline reviews, a leadership book club, a grand round presentation, teaching, research and writing.

Training Experience

  • Participation in all critical care operational and clinical activities
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Involvement in critical care case presentations and critical care guideline reviews
  • Grand rounds presentation
  • Provision of pharmacy education to medical, nursing and/or pharmacy staff
  • Mastery of mandatory critical care topics
  • BLS, ACLS and PALS certification and code attendance
  • Trauma pager coverage


  • Core (Required)
    • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Neuro-trauma Intensive Care
    • Metabolic Support
    • Research Project
  • Electives
    • Infectious Disease
    • Pediatric Intensive Care
    • Cardiology
    • Cath Lab
    • Trauma Services
    • Intensive Care Unit - Focused Diabetes Care
    • Nephrology
    • Intensive Care Unit - Focused Infectious Diseases
  • Teaching Certificate Program through the University of Missouri-Kansas City is also offered.

In addition to CoxHealth benefits, pharmacy residents are provided professional paid leave of absence and compensation to attend required conferences, such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference.  Residents will have the following holidays off (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), but are eligible for compensation above the stipend if holidays are worked. 

It's important to note that payment of college tuition loans may be deferrable during a residency.  You should discuss loan deferment with your banking or lending institution.

Two 10-hour shifts every fourth weekend plus two additional 10-hour shifts monthly. 

Application Procedure
All applications accepted through PhORCAS.
See Application Procedure

Program Director
Karrie Derenski PharmD, BCNSP, CNSC
Metabolic Support Coordinator, Residency Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
Department of Pharmacy
3801 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO  65807

Fax 417/269-7182

Karrie Derenski PharmD, BCNSP, CNSC
Metabolic Support Coordinator, Residency Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
Department of Pharmacy
3801 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO  65807
Fax 417/269-7182 


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