Critical Care Residency Program (PGY2)

The Critical Care PGY2 Residency Program is a one year residency established to provide specialty training for residents interested in critical care medicine. The PGY2 program at Rush has one PGY2 critical care resident and additional PGY2 residents in emergency medicine, pediatrics, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, and solid organ transplant.

The primary goal of the program is to graduate compassionate critical care 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).


Patient Care experience

The PGY2 resident will participate in multidisciplinary care of critically ill patients in an academic teaching environment. The resident will practice in a state-of-the-art, new critical care facility that includes a 28-bed medical intensive care unit, 28-bed mixed medical and surgical intensive care unit, 28-bed cardiosciences intensive care unit, 28-bed neurosciences intensive care unit, and a 56-bed emergency department. There are a variety of elective rotations that can be tailored to the interest of the resident.

Research experience

The PGY2 resident will be expected to complete a longitudinal research project suitable for publication in collaboration with experienced preceptors. The project will be of the resident’s choosing and involve a critical care concept. The project will be presented at the Illinois Pharmacy Residency Conference in May or other critical care conference, if accepted. Higher level statistical support is available within the Department of Pharmacy.

Teaching experience

The PGY2 residents will serve as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students enrolled at Midwestern University, Chicago State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rosalind Franklin University, and Roosevelt University. They also will lead organized group discussions with pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. There will be opportunities to lecture in the critical care elective at Midwestern University and the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. The residents will also have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

Operations experience

Residents will be responsible for staffing every 4th weekend and 4 hours during the on-call shifts.

On-call experience

Residents are expected to take overnight call in the medical center approximately one out of every 10 to 14 nights. An on-call room is available for down time between responsibilities. The on-call program is fluid and responsibilities are adapted to meet the needs of our patients and the institution with the goal of providing unique learning experiences for our residents that foster critical thinking and independence.


Core rotations (4 weeks each)
  • Orientation
  • Medical ICU (MICU I)
  • Medical ICU (MICU II)
  • Cardiac ICU (CICU)
  • Surgical ICU (SICU I)
  • Neuroscience ICU (NSICU I)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU)
  • Surgical ICU (SICU II) or Neuroscience ICU (NSICU II)
Elective rotations (on-site, 4 weeks unless noted)
  • Repeat any of the required rotations
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Pediatric ICU (PICU)
  • Clinical Nutrition (1 week)


Elective Rotations (off-site, up to 2, 2-4 weeks each)
  • Burn ICU
  • Trauma
  • Toxicology (Illinois Poison Center)
Longitudinal experiences
  • On-Call (24 hours, in-house)
    • Code blue response
    • Acute stroke response
    • Anticoagulation reversal response (bedside PCC prep)
    • Rapid response team participation
    • Vancomycin/aminoglycoside PK/PD consultation
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Teaching Opportunities
    • Didactic lectures
    • Precepting IPPE and APPE students
    • Pharmacy Grand Rounds (1-2)
    • Multidisciplinary Critical Care Grand Rounds (1)
    • Journal clubs (preceptor and resident led)
  • Pharmacy Services
    • Weekend staffing: every 4th weekend, 4 hours on-call
    • Medication utilization evaluation
    • Policy/protocol development (& implementation)
    • Subcommittee membership
  • Professional Meetings
    • Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress
    • Illinois Pharmacy Resident Conference
    • Registration reimbursement
    • $1500 travel expenses
  • Research
    • A critical care research project is selected from a list of Research Task Force approved proposals. The project will be presented at the Illinois Pharmacy Resident Conference with the goal of SCCM abstract submission and journal publication. There is an opportunity for a Rush research certificate after completion of a research curriculum composed of 12-15 research lectures. Residents interested in submitting their research project for grant funding will be supported by the primary preceptor and Research Task Force.

Salary and benefits for the Critical Care Residency Program

The resident will be paid approximately $48,000 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 Critical Care 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:

Mary Jane Sullivan, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program Director
(312) 947-1571

Bryan Menich, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program Coordinator