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Critical Care Emphasis Program


During the first five weeks of the residency, residents will become acclimated to the pharmacy department and the hospital. The goal of the orientation period is to prepare the resident for staffing and to provide understanding of workflow in regards to Manager on Call. All residents will rotate through all of the areas of the pharmacy department. Residents will be trained by pharmacists and technicians in order to gain a complete view of pharmacy operations. Training modules, competencies, policies and procedures are given to the resident at the beginning of orientation to guide the resident through training.

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Drug Information – Medication Use Evaluation and Drug Class Review
  • Manager On-Call/Staffing
    • Residents will enter rotation for MOC after completion of orientation
    • MOC duties are from Wednesday to Wednesday starting at 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the weekend
    • On weekends, MOC will also complete the therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) service
    • Residents will have a Clinical and an Administrative Pharmacist On-Call to escalate issues
    • Two 8-hour Saturday and Sunday shifts every third weekend
  • Lead Resident (12 weeks)
    • Coordination of resident schedules and calendars
    • Mentoring of PGY1 pharmacy residents
    • Coordination and communication of resident/preceptor social gatherings
    • Completion of Practice Management project by the end of the 12 weeks
    • Coordination of new student (APPE/IPPE) orientation
  • Teaching
    • 1 APPE student
    • Lectures and in-services throughout the year
    • Teaching Certificate Program if not previously completed

Required Rotations (35 weeks)

  • Practice Management
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Precept in Critical Care (choose from NICU, PICU or CICU)
  • Emergency Department/Trauma
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP)

Elective Rotations (12 weeks)

  • May choose to repeat an ICU experience
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Genetics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Oncology/Hematology
  • General Pediatrics
  • Bone Marrow Transplant *
  • Solid Organ Transplant (heart and kidney)

* Those residents with no previous oncology exposure will need to take oncology prior to considering BMT.

Off-Campus Rotations

Residents will be considered for going off-campus for one rotation during the course of the year on a case by case basis (dependent on the development plan set for the resident).

Current Agreements

  • University of Maryland – Academia
  • Poison Control – Toxicology
  • Adult ICU Experience – MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

How to Apply

Learn more information about how to apply for the Critical Care Emphasis Program.

Contact Information

Sara Rooney, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Critical Care Residency Program Director

Children's National 
Division of Pharmacy, M4847
111 Michigan Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20010-2916