PGY2 Critical Care

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program in Critical Care Purpose Statement

PGY2 2021 TeamPGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in a specialized area of practice. The UNC REX PGY2 residency in Critical Care provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete the UNC REX PGY2 pharmacy residency in Critical Care are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification in Critical Care.

There is one PGY2 in Critical Care position available. The program start date is July 1.

PGY2 2021 Team Members

PGY2 Description:

UNC REX has over 70 adult intensive care unit (ICU) beds which encompass the Medical/Surgical, Special Respiratory, Neuroscience, Cardiac, and Cardiothoracic Surgery ICUs. Additionally, REX has a 21 bed Neonatal ICU. REX provides care for a variety of critically ill adult and pediatric patients and is recognized as an Excellent ACC HeartCARE Center, stroke center, and ECMO center.

Our resident functions as an integral member of the multidisciplinary critical care team. Through patient data collection and analysis, residents develop the knowledge and skills to provide patient-specific and evidence-based pharmacotherapy while functioning as independent practitioners.

In addition, valuable leadership and research skills are developed through participation in critical care-related interdisciplinary committees and completion of a clinical research project.

Residents function as a co-preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents. Residents also attend and actively participate in code response throughout the residency year and co-precept the PGY1 residents in this setting.

PGY2 2021 Team Member

PGY2 Program Design:

Required Rotations: (9 months)

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Medical/Surgical ICU (2 months)
  • Cardiac Medicine ICU (2 months)
  • Neuroscience ICU (1 month)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (1 month)

Elective Rotations: (choose 3)

  • Neonatal ICU (1 month)
  • Trauma ICU (1 month) (WakeMed Health and Hospitals or UNC MC)
  • Advanced Neuroscience ICU (1 month)
  • Burn ICU (1 month) (UNC MC)
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine (1 month)

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Research Project
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Code Blue Response
  • Quarterly Interdisciplinary ICU Journal Club
  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) on call management program

PGY2 2021 Team MemberStaffing Experience:

  • The resident will staff every 4th weekend and one evening shift per month in the clinical critical care or emergency medicine patient care areas, will at times be on-call for the HIT management program, and will attend all code blues on the assigned weekend.

Teaching Experience:

  • Serve as Primary Preceptor for two Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students on critical care rotations
  • The PGY2 resident in Critical Care will co-precept PGY1 residents on the MSICU and CICU rotations if available. The precepting PGY2 will serve as the first phone call and topic discussion leader instead of the primary preceptor.
  • Teaching opportunities at school(s) of pharmacy (Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences or UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy) will be available as small and large group teaching sessions for the pharmacy practice skills lab.
  • An optional teaching certificate program is available through Campbell and UNC for those who have not yet completed one.
  • The resident will present continuing education or continuing medical education on Critical Care topics to interdisciplinary teams, including providers, nursing, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.
  • Present at the Quarterly Interdisciplinary Journal Club for the Critical Care Team
  • Education of patients and family members on disease states and therapy plans is offered as a core experience on multiple rotations.


The resident will select and lead initiatives for Critical Care Workgroup at UNC REX Healthcare, be involved in quality assurance and education of pharmacy department, and participate and present at the intensivist service line meetings.


The PGY2 Critical Care resident will attend health system meetings, as well as 2 national meetings, including ASHP Midyear and SCCM Congress. The resident may participate in recruiting events for PGY1 and PGY2 residencies and attend residency showcases as needed.


Leave Availability

The resident earns Paid Time Off (PTO) at the same rate as a new co-worker. PTO is earned every two weeks, coinciding with pay periods. If time off from the residency is taken for any reason except funeral leave, (holiday, vacation, absence), PTO will be used.

The resident may be granted up to 10 days of education leave for the ASHP Midyear and SCCM Congress.

Health Insurance

Residents are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts/Health Savings Account, 403(b), 529 Plan, Life Insurance, Tuition Assistance, Paid Time Off, EAP, as well as a travel stipend for meetings.


Onsite complimentary parking is available on the hospital campus.

Other Benefits

  • Complimentary and required Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training
  • Dedicated office space
  • Monogrammed lab coats
  • Vocera wireless badge phones
  • UNC-issued laptop
  • Complimentary access to the Wake AHEC Digital Library
  • Complimentary mobile access to Lexicomp and Pharmacist’s Letter
  • Opportunities to participate in select Learning and Organizational Effectiveness classes
  • Discounted access to our comprehensive Rex Wellness Centers
  • Discounted meals from our award winning chefs!
  • Merchandise discounts at select retailers


  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPE accredited school of pharmacy, AND
  • Completed ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency in pharmacy practice, AND
  • License to practice pharmacy in the state of North Carolina as of July 1
  • On-site or virtual interview

About the site:

UNC REX is part of a 13-hospital system, known as UNC Health Care, located in North Carolina. We are located in Raleigh, which is part of Wake County, and we have neighboring hospital partners in several adjacent counties. Rex has provided medical services to Wake County for more than 125 years. With over 7,000 employees, UNC REX is a private, not-for-profit health care system.

Rex is a pioneer in many respects, leading innovation and advancement in a variety of different medical disciplines.

Rex was the first to receive recognition as a magnet hospital in the Triangle and within the state of NC. First achieving magnet status in 2006, it is an honor that recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice. Rex has achieved this recognition 3 consecutive times and is one of 110 hospitals in the nation, or within the top 2% in the country, to have achieved this milestone.

Rex is known for the breadth and depth of its surgical services. We perform more surgeries at Rex than any other hospital in the entire state. We were the first to perform robotic bariatric procedures and were the first to be named a Bariatric surgery center of excellence. We have also led innovations in vascular medicine, including the first to complete an endovascular aortic graft procedure.

The new Heart & Vascular Hospital opened in March 2017. This eight-story, 306,000 square foot building will bring together UNC REX Healthcare’s Heart and Vascular services in one location. Every aspect of the facility was designed with the comfort of patients and their families in mind. The design is based on research, best practices and input from UNC REX Healthcare patients, physicians, clinicians and caregivers.

In addition, the hospital has the latest technology for patient care and procedures, as well as a state-of-the-art learning institute and demonstration kitchen. Dedicated education space will make it easier for UNC REX Healthcare physicians to continue providing education to other physicians throughout the world, add educational programs for patients and the community, and increase in-house training and education for staff.

How to apply:

The application deadline is January 1, 2022. Complete applications include the following:

  • An application form submitted through the PhORCAS Application Portal
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three PhORCAS Standardized Recommendations
  • Pharmacy College transcripts

All applicants much be registered with the National Matching Service. Employment application will be required after match results are posted.

Employment application will be required after match results are posted.


Oksana Kamneva, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, BCCCP

Cardiovascular, Critical Care and Neurology Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator

Director of PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Cardiology

Department of Pharmacy

UNC REX Healthcare

4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607

(919) 784-3274


Tia Collier, PharmD, BCCCP

Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit Clinical Pharmacist

Department of Pharmacy

UNC REX Healthcare

4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607

(919) 784-3015

For more information contact:

Tia CollierTia Collier, PharmD, BCCCP
Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator

Oksana Kamneva, PharmD, BCCP, BCPSOksana Kamneva, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, BCCCP
Cardiovascular, Critical Care and Neurology Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Critical Care PGY2 Residency Program Director