PGY2 Critical Care residents speak with each other in a hospital patient care area.

This 12-month, ASHP-accredited program builds upon the broad-based competencies achieved in a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.

ASHP Accredited PGY2 Residency
ASHP Match Number: 64017

Program Overview and Information

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.

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.

"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, BCCCP

St. Luke's Hospital ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
2013-2014 PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Graduate

"This residency program offers the variety of critical care specialty areas needed to become a well-rounded, highly qualified practitioner who manages all types of critically ill patients"

–Livia Allen, PharmD, BCCCP

Co-Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care, CoxHealth Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist

Training Experience

Training experience must include:

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) Electives
Core (Required) Cardiovascular Intensive Care Electives Infectious Disease
Core (Required) Emergency Medicine Electives Cardiology
Core (Required) Medical Intensive Care Electives Trauma Services
Core (Required) Neuro-trauma Intensive Care Electives Intensive Care Unit - Focused Diabetes Care
Core (Required) Metabolic Support Electives Nephrology
Core (Required) Research Project Electives Intensive Care Unit - Focused Infectious Diseases
Core (Required) Medication Safety Electives
Core (Required) Staffing Electives

A 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. Residents may be required to work holidays as part of their staffing component (not to exceed one major and one minor holiday), but are eligible for compensation above the stipend if additional holidays outside of staffing requirement 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 will be accepted through PhORCAS.

For more information, contact Kerrie Derenski, PharmD, BCNSP, CNSC.