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PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Meghna Vallabh, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Program Director, Residency in Critical Care Pharmacy
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy
6720 Bertner Avenue  (MC 2-230)
Houston, TX  77030

Email: [email protected]
P: (832) 355-3930
F: (832) 355-4794


PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide 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 an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.


  • Texas pharmacist licensure must be in good standing by the 6th week of residency
  • Start Residency no later than July 15th
  • Staff at least one major and two minor holidays
  • ICU clinical coverage every third weekend and one 5-10 pm shift every other week
  • Completion of the Required Critical Care Disease States and Topics checklist (reviewed quarterly)
  • One formal journal club presentation
  • One formal case presentation
  • One formal residency seminar presentation
  • Completion of a critical care-related major research project and a quality improvement project that incorporates MUE elements
  • Completion of a critical care-related drug class review, monograph, treatment guideline or protocol
  • Completion of a written manuscript of the research project that is suitable for publication and manuscript or executive summary of the quality improvement project
  • Code Blue participation
  • On-call responsibility


You must apply online through the ASHP PhORCAS program ( (application documents are not to be mailed).

The following documents are required to be submitted as part of a complete application for the PGY2 Residency in Critical Care Pharmacy Practice.  The deadline for application is January 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM. 

  • Cover Letter -- please provide a cover letter for your application materials which addresses:  a) your short and long term career goals, b) your thoughts on how a critical care residency will help you to achieve these goals, c) why you feel that a specialty residency is now the best career path for you, and d) any information about yourself and your candidacy which may not be apparent on other documents.
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae (CV). 
  • Most recent College of Pharmacy and/or Graduate School transcript(s). This is waived if you are more than five years post-graduation.  The transcript can be an unofficial copy.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Three (3) letters of recommendation are requested.  If you are within three years post-graduation, one should be from a faculty member, specifically from a clinical rotation preceptor, one from your PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program director, and one from an employer or from someone outside the profession. If you are more than three years post-graduation, one should be from an employer/supervisor, one from your PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program director, and one from someone outside your employment.  A faculty person can still be used if an ongoing relationship has been maintained. No set format is required for the letters; they need to address your potential for success in the residency program.
  • A passport size photo (pdf file)

An on-site interview is considered very important and is required for a complete application.  All applications will be screened by our Residency Advisory Council, and all applicants chosen for interview will be contacted by the middle of January.   The on-site interview is a full day and will include a fifteen minute presentation on a disease state management topic of your choice to a group of pharmacists.  You will interview with two groups of Clinical Coordinators and Managers as well as Residents.  The last date for interviews is normally one week before the ASHP match list submission date.   Financial assistance for the on-site interview is not available, but we will work with you in any way we can to reduce expenses.

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