Emergency Medicine Residency Program (PGY2)

The Emergency Medicine PGY2 Residency Program is a one year residency established to provide specialty training for residents interested in emergency medicine. The PGY2 programs at Rush include critical care, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, pediatrics and solid organ transplant.

The primary goal of the program is to graduate compassionate emergency medicine pharmacists who excel as both clinicians and scholars in an academic medical setting. This overarching goal will be completed through exposure to a variety of opportunities where the resident will serve as an integral member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams by participating in medication therapy management, answering key clinical questions and serving as a resource to the healthcare team. The resident will have an opportunity to enhance teaching abilities through didactic lectures to other disciplines in the medical center as well as at colleges of pharmacy, self and peer evaluation and being a preceptor to first year pharmacy residents and doctor of pharmacy students. The program will also develop research skills through completion of a longitudinal research project and manuscript preparation.

The residency program is designed to comply with the published accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). See Appendix B for details regarding topics covered during the residents PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency year.


Patient Care experience

The PGY2 resident will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary care of patients in an academic teaching environment. The resident’s foundation in emergency medicine will be developed through practice in a 60-bed combined adult and pediatric emergency department (ED) with ~75,000 patient visits annually. The ED is an accredited stroke and chest pain center, designated as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics, and recognized as a state-of-the-art disaster preparedness facility. The medical intensive care unit consists of 25-beds covered by two treatment teams. The pediatric intensive care unit consists of 18-beds. Rotations in trauma and toxicology (Illinois Poison Control Center) will be completed offsite. Additional opportunities include, but are not limited to cardiac surgery, surgical intensive care, neuroscience intensive care, cardiac intensive care, and additional experiences with emergency medical services (pre-hospital care).

Research experience

The PGY2 resident will be expected to complete a longitudinal research project suitable for publication in collaboration with an experienced preceptor. The project will be of the resident’s choice and involve an emergency medicine concept. The project will be presented at a regional residency conference in April and/or other emergency medicine conference, if accepted.

Teaching experience

The PGY2 resident will serve as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students at an affiliated college of pharmacy. He/she will also lead organized group discussions with pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. There may be opportunities to lecture at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy, as well as at weekly Emergency Medicine Conference. The resident will also have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

Staffing experience

Residents will be responsible for staffing every fourth weekend.

On-call experience

The resident will be expected to take overnight call in the medical center approximately one out of every 10 to 14 nights. Responsibilities during call include, but are not limited to, pharmacokinetic drug monitoring, answering clinical questions, participation in code blue and rapid response emergencies, approval of restricted antimicrobials, and participation in acute stroke emergencies.


Core rotations
  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (22 weeks)
    • Includes trauma (offsite)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
Elective rotations
  • Administration (2 weeks)
  • Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
Longitudinal experiences
  • Teaching Opportunities:
    • Didactic lectures
    • Precepting IPPE and APPE students
    • Pharmacy Grand Rounds (2 times per year)
    • Critical Care / Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds
    • Pre-Hospital / Emergency Medical Services
  • Policy/Management:
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Subcommittee membership
    • Policy/Protocol development
    • Medication Utilization Evaluation
    • Monograph
  • Residency Research Project
    • Submit for IRB approval, collect data, analyze results and present at a regional residency conference (or emergency medicine meeting of choice, if accepted)
  • Pharmacy Services
    • Weekend Staffing: 4th weekend
    • On-call program (24 hour, in-house)
    • Code Blue/Acute Stroke/Rapid Response Team/Restricted Antimicrobials/Kinetics/HIT/Factor Product Stewardship

Salary and benefits for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program

The resident will be paid approximately $52,707 annually. Checks are issued every other Friday via direct deposit, which is set up through the payroll department.

In addition to the salary, Rush will cover continuing education opportunities up to $1,000 each calendar year for residents. Rush also offers generous benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply for the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency program through the following channels:

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any international applicants at this time.

Contact us

If you have questions about the program not covered on this page, in our manual or in our brochure, please contact:

Giles W. Slocum, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY2 EM Residency Program Director
(312) 947-0677